CA 402 Organizational Communication
S2J 2006 PV
Davison, Eric M.
(816) 513-1063 - day
(816) 587-4789 - evening (please do not call after 10:00 pm)
March 13, 2006 thru May 7, 2006
5:30 - 9:50 PM
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
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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
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.
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
Defining Organizational Communication
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
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.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89Administrative 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 .