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CA 402 Organizational Communication
Davison, Eric M.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CA 402 Organizational Communication

Semester

S2J 2006 PV

Faculty

Davison, Eric M.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Office Location

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 513-1063 - day

Other Phone

(816) 587-4789 - evening (please do not call after 10:00 pm)

E-Mail

Eric.Davison@pirate.park.edu

HuskeredKC@aol.com

eric_davison@kcmo.org

Semester Dates

March 13, 2006 thru May 7, 2006

Class Days

-M-----

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Prerequisites

CA104

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Gibson, J. L., Ivancevich, J. M., and Donnelly,     J. H. (2006) Organizations:  Behavior, Structure, Process, 12th Edition, McGraw-Hill Company.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore


Course Description:
Examines the role of communication in organizations and the people and patterns making up the many sides of complicated issues, which arise in organizational life.  The course also examines the communication messages sent and received within an organization including the organization's formal structure and its informal social groups.  

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, open dialogues, examinations, and writings.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to:
  2. Define organizational communication.
  3. Explain how communication creates and structures an organization and its environment.
  4. Compare and contrast human relations approaches, classical approaches, and human resources approaches to organizational communication.
  5. Explain the systems perspective and how it influences communication research.
  6. Create your own model of organizational culture.
  7. Illustrate how organizational socialization occurs.
  8. Assess the role of leadership in organizational change.
  9. Explain the influence of technology on organizational communication.
  10. Evaluate strategies used to manage organizational conflict.
  11. Evaluate the effects of globalization and diversity on organizations.
  12. .  Identify ethical issues in organizational communication.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 13.  To manifest in students an appreciation for the complexities of organizations and the affect that communication strategies have on the effectiveness and viability of organizations.
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:
Course Assessment:
Exam 1        200 points
Final Exam        200 points
Participation/Attendance 200 points
       Reflection Papers (4)*        200 points
Final Research Paper**        200 points

900 - 1000 points = A
800 – 899 points = B
700 – 799 points = C
600 – 699 points = D
Less than 600 points = F

*  Each student will be required to submit four reflection papers.   Each paper should be approximately two pages in length (type written, double-spaced).  While I suggest that you work on the papers throughout the course of the term they should be submitted after class #6 and prior to class #7.  Following is the topic that must be addressed in each paper:
1) a paper that is a case study of either a real  or simulated organization.  Concepts and theories discussed in class or from the textbook should be woven into the analyses of the organization.

2)  a report that illustrates your understanding of intercultural differences in values and communication and the affect that those differences have upon the organization

3)  a paper that includes a self assessment of your communication strengths and weaknesses.  A developmental plan of action should be included to improve weak areas.

4) a paper that addresses and assesses ethical issues that arise in organizational communication

These four papers should be sent in electronic format to the following e-mail address:  Huskeredkc@aol.com.  You should also turn in a paper copy of the four papers to the instructor during the 7th class period.
 
**The final research paper should be narrowly focused on a contemporary issue within an area of organizational communication or development that is of interest to the student.  The paper should be eight to ten pages long (typed and double spaced), plus a title page and a list of works cited.  At least eight sources should be cited.  Sixty percent of the grade will be based on the written report.  Forty percent of the grade will be based on an oral presentation that the student will make to the class on the final paper. The student is encouraged to use PowerPoint or other visuals in presenting a synopsis of the final paper to the class.

Grading:

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No assignment will be accepted late without a valid excuse.  Late papers or assignments automatically lose 1/10 of the total point value.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Classroom Expectations:
1. Out of courtesy to your peers and to your instructor you are expected to be punctual in arriving to class as well as return from breaks.    
2. Pagers and cell phones should not be allowed to disturb the class and only used in emergency situations, preferably during breaks.
3. To encourage open and meaningful discussion it is important that everyone be respectful of the ideas and comments of their peers and act accordingly.
4. As one of the purposes of your education is to prepare you for your professional career or to enhance your current career, all aspects of your learning experience should be conducted in the appropriate manner.   All assignments should be completed in a neat, organized, grammatically correct, professional manner.  Failure to do so will affect your grade.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Period Topic  Assignment

1       Get acquainted            Chapters 1-3
Review Syllabus
       Course Overview
       Defining Organizational Communication
       Globalization

2 Individual behavior/differences Chapters 4-6 Motivation


3 Motivation, continued    Chapter 7 Stress      


4 Mid Term Exam     Chapters 1-7
Group and team behavior     Chapter 8
     
5       Power and politics     Chapter 10
       Leadership                   Chapters 11-12

6 Organizational Structure     Chapters 13-14
Managing Communication Processes Chapter 15
Decision Making     Chapter 16


7 Organizational Change     Chapter 17
Presentation of research papers

8 Presentation of research papers, con't
Final Exam

THIS SYLLABUS IS TENTATIVE AND MAY CHANGE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE INSTRUCTOR

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
Administrative Notes:
1.  Assignments for extra credit will not be assigned nor accepted.

2. If you miss the mid-term exam you will need to make arrangements with the instructor to “make-up” the test.  A penalty of one grade point (20 points) will be assessed.

3. There is no make-up for the final exam.  Failure to take the final exam will result in an “F” grade for the final.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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