Business Communications (MGC)

MGC 401. Communicating Business Decisions - Module I. 1 credit

This course establishes the conceptual foundation and the learning method for the MGC sequence. It anchors the course in two conceptual frameworks: the rhetorical principles of logic and persuasion, and the interactional approach to communication in groups and professional relationships. It introduces the teaching model for the course: speaking and writing assessments, case analyses and discussion, successive rounds of business presentations and writing assignments, and repeated practice in active listening, and giving and receiving performance feedback.

MGC 402. Communicating Business Decisions - Module II. 2 credits

This course applies the principles of persuasion and logic of argument established in MGC 401 in successive rounds of presentation practice, coupled with peer and self-review. Presentations stem from analyses of business problems using the Simon problem-solving framework and make recommendations aimed at influencing decision makers in varying functions and at different levels. Students facilitate discussions of readings, give one team presentation, develop behavioral interview skills, and, as in all quarters of MGC, give and receive feedback in both informal and formal ways.

MGC 403. Teamwork. 1 credit

This course applies the interactional concepts of group dynamics introduced in MGC 401 to team formation and performance, through focus on business cases and field projects. Foundational concepts in group dynamics, meeting management, intercultural communication, and conflict resolution are examined through the lens of team activity. Team projects culminate in presentations and written reports, with integrated processes for self and team evaluation.

MGC 411. Interpersonal Persuasion And Influence. 1 credit

This course applies the concepts of persuasive communication to a widened range of workplace settings, including team projects in business case analysis and persuasion for decision makers; one-to-one and multi-party negotiations; and managerial interactions employing feedback for skill development and improved performance. The course culminates with identification of goals for improving individual communication competency as related to career progress.

MGC 462. Communicating Analytics for MS. 2 credits

This course applies the principles of persuasion and logic of argument established in MGC 401 in successive rounds of presentation practice, coupled with peer and self-review. Presentations stem from analyses of business problems using the Simon problem-solving framework and make recommendations aimed at influencing decision makers in varying functions and at different levels. Students facilitate discussions of readings, give one team presentation, develop behavioral interview skills, and, as in all quarters of MGC, give and receive feedback in both informal and formal ways.

MGC 463. Teamwork for MS. 1 credit

This course applies the interactional concepts of group dynamics introduced in MGC 401 to team formation and performance, through focus on business cases and field projects. Foundational concepts in group dynamics, meeting management, intercultural communication, and conflict resolution are examined through the lens of team activity. Team projects culminate in presentations and written reports, with integrated processes for self and team evaluation.