Business Communication – Paper I – Revised FYBMS Syllabus 2016


Business Communication- I

Revised FYBMS Syllabus 2016

Modules at a Glance

Sr. No. Modules No. of Lectures
1 Theory of Communication 15
2 Obstacles to Communication in Business World 15
3 Business Correspondence 15
4 Language and Writing Skills 15
Total 60


Sr. No. Modules / Units
1 Theory of Communication
Concept of Communication: Meaning, Definition, Process, Need, FeedbackEmergence of Communication as a key concept in the Corporate and Global worldImpact of technological advancements on Communication

Channels and Objectives of Communication: Channels-

Formal and Informal- Vertical, Horizontal, Diagonal, Grapevine

Objectives of Communication: Information, Advice, Order and Instruction, Persuasion, Motivation, Education,Warning, and Boosting the Morale of Employees(A brief introduction to these objectives to be given)

Methods and Modes of Communication:

Methods: Verbal and Nonverbal, Characteristics of Verbal Communication Characteristics of Non-verbal Communication, Business Etiquette

Modes: Telephone and SMS Communication 3 (General introduction to Telegram to be given) Facsimile Communication [Fax]

Computers and E- communication Video and Satellite Conferencing

2 Obstacles to Communication in Business World
Problems in Communication /Barriers to Communication:

Physical/ Semantic/Language / Socio-Cultural / Psychological / Barriers, Ways to Overcome these Barriers

Listening: Importance of Listening Skills, Cultivating good Listening Skills – 4

Introduction to Business Ethics:

Concept and Interpretation, Importance of Business Ethics, Personal Integrity at the workplace, Business Ethics and media, Computer Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility

Teachers can adopt a case study approach and address issues such as the following so as to orient and sensitize the student community to actual business practices:

Surrogate Advertising, Patents and Intellectual Property Rights, Dumping of Medical/E-waste,

Human Rights Violations and Discrimination on the basis of gender, race, caste, religion, appearance and sexual orientation at the workplace

Piracy, Insurance, Child Labour

3 Business Correspondence
Theory of Business Letter Writing:

Parts, Structure, Layouts—Full Block, Modified Block, Semi – Block Principles of Effective Letter Writing, Principles of effective Email Writing,

Personnel Correspondence:

Statement of Purpose, Job Application Letter and Resume, Letter of Acceptance of Job Offer, Letter of Resignation

[Letter of Appointment, Promotion and Termination, Letter of Recommendation (to be taught but not to be tested in the examination)]

Sr. No. Modules / Units
4 Language and Writing Skills
Commercial Terms used in Business Communication

Paragraph Writing:

Developing an idea, using appropriate linking devices, etc

Cohesion and Coherence, self-editing, etc [Interpretation of technical data, Composition on a given situation, a short informal report etc.]


  • Listening Comprehension
  • Remedial Teaching
  • Speaking Skills: Presenting a News Item, Dialogue and Speeches
  • Paragraph Writing: Preparation of the first draft, Revision and Self – Editing, Rules of spelling.
  • Reading Comprehension: Analysis of texts from the fields of Commerce and Management

Reference Books for Business Communication –  Paper I
Business Communication – Paper I Subject
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