Reply to all three classmate discussions with at least 120 words.

D1.) Michael Galeano

1. What is the specific problem with communication?

Information does not flow to everyone within the organization. There are currently 3 separate shifts at my workplace, and over 400 people work these shifts. Thus, while information does flow, it does not flow as well as it is intended. There are many reasons why information does not reach everyone, but some of the main ones include frequent shift changes, the fact that most people do not have access to computers within their work area, the fact that some people cannot stop what they are doing to attend a meeting, and the fact that some meetings are not very productive.

2. Does the problem represent an example of one of the barriers that the articles that Dr. Rani and Lumen Learning identify? If so, which one(s)?

Yes, this problem represents the environmental barrier since the meetings are held outside, where there are several distractions. Also, selective perception is one of the barriers, as by the time the information reaches everyone, part of the key information has been filtered out and used by their own words, which may distort the meaning of the information.

3. What are some possible communication strategies in notifying someone about the problem?

Bring the communication issue and possible solutions to leadership to make sure they are aware of the issue and act upon it.

4. What is the best course of action for you to take in solving the problem?

One of the solutions is to ensure that everyone in the workplace has access to a computer and a central message system so that information can flow directly from the main sender to the recipient, preventing important information from being lost during shift changes and the selective perception barrier.

5. What is the best way for you to communicate this problem to the relevant individuals?

The best way to explain this issue to leadership and shift leads is through training. Training would ensure that everyone is on the same page regarding the information filtering process and would present potential solutions to guarantee that everyone is receiving the key information.

D2.) Chad Evans

1. Examine the Research Proposal Memo (WA#1) instructions. What permission must you request? To whom should your memo be addressed? What information about your research must you provide?

– You must request permission to research a chosen topic. The memo will be addressed to the decision maker, which is the class instructor. The information about the research that must be provided is why that topic was chosen and the kind of research that will be completed, such as sources you plan to utilize.

2. Examine the Synthesis Lit Review (WA#2) instructions. This assignment calls for the student writer to use scholarly (academic) and professional (trade) sources. Explain what you understand a scholarly source and a professional/trade source to be. You should consider offering an example of each type of source.

– Scholarly or academic sources are typically written by experts in that area of study. With scholarly sources there is usually research to back up claims, and the source is usually peer reviewed. Trade sources are written for members of a specific field of work by experts in that field. Information in trade sources are not necessary supported by research but based on professional experience.

3. Take a look at the Research Report (WA#3) instructions. What additional research demands are placed upon the writer for this assignment compared to WA #2? How can you as writer best present your report so that it is most readily accessible for your primary audience?

– In the Research Report nine sources are now required where as the Synthesis Lit Review required seven. There is also the requirement of four of the nine sources to come from peer-reviewed, scholarly journals

4. Writing on the same topic for WA#2 and WA#3 make the writing of the research report an easier task than it would have been if different topics had been chosen. Comment on how the writing on the same topic for both these assignments can help you as you write your research report.

– Having researched the same topic for WA#2 and WA#3 you know how more resources to choose from. While looking for these resources you have built a more in-depth understand of the topic making it much easier to fine-tune and support your writings.

D3.) Michael Galeano

1. In the Oregon State University resource on business writing style, review carefully the table showing differences between academic and business writing styles. Choose a difference that you find surprising (or that you think might be challenging to remember and practice as you are learning business writing) and discuss why you find this difference particularly surprising and/or challenging

The document life was one of the differences I found surprising in the table in the Oregon State University resource on business writing style. One of the things I found particularly surprising is that the business writing documents might serve as the foundation for further research, become oral presentations, or even some topics within the business document could develop into their own research or business document. I would never have imagined how long the life span of a business document might be. I would have assumed that the article would have died soon after its publication because I used to believe that a business writing document may be very biased, making it unattractive to other researchers. I would have assumed that the academic writing documents would probably last longer because they might be cited by other researchers, but now that I have given some thought, it makes sense why the academic writing documents have a shorter lifespan because many of them are written by student writers rather than subject-matter specialists.