ERIC Number: ED259353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Integrating Computer Technology in Business Communication Courses: Business Reports and Letters.
Smith, Edgar Ray
The University of Tennessee has integrated computer technology into its business report and letter writing course, an 11-week course required of all business administration undergraduates. Basic principles of management and introduction to computer courses are prerequisites. Early course content emphasizes foundations of report writing, the writing of sample information reports in memo format, and a more complex report involving decision making from alternatives. The last half of the course emphasizes the writing of an analytical report in formal style involving tables, graphic figures, and interpretations. This report is usually an original project in which students participate in data collection as well as in report writing. The course consists of lecture and lab sessions during which students compose their reports on microcomputers using software that involves text processing, spreadsheets, and graphics. After completing the course, students often return to the open labs and use the computer terminals for writing other papers, a sign that they have found a valuable writing tool and that the effort to integrate computer technology into business classes has been successful. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In Professional Communication in the Modern World: Proceedings of the American Business Communication Association Southeast Convention (31st, Hammond, LA, April 5-7, 1984). p299-302.