CA 402 Organizational Communication
FA 2008 HO
Assistant Professor of Communication Arts
B.S. Ed. (Mass Communication) Truman StateM.A. (Communication Studies) University of KansasPh.D. (Communication Studies) University of Kansas
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Educational Philosophy: When I went to college, we read books and articles, discussed them in class, and wrote papers. Through my teaching I have discovered that not everyone learns all they can in that type of system. I believe education must address different learning styles and intelligences. To that end, my class features activities, presentations, discussion, reflection, reading, and writing—I will try to balance activities meeting the needs of different learners with old standbys like reading and writing. Writing is the most visible product of education and the ability to clearly communicate via writing is a key skill for graduates. This course, therefore, will focus on writing skill. Discussion and debate helps refine and justify ideas as well as enhancing critical thinking and communication skills which are also key outcomes of education. In this class, expect to defend your ideas and interpretations to develop these skills. I will grade based on a balance of participation, writing, and testing so that all students have a chance to succeed.
I am guided by this quote from Ayn Rand: The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life - by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality. The training he needs is theoretical, i.e., conceptual. He has to be taught to think, to understand, to integrate, to prove. He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort-- Ayn Rand, "The Anti-Industrial Revolution"
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Core Assessment Portfolio:
Minimum Requirements: The core assessment for CA402 Organizational Communication will be a portfolio which
ü Includes a variety of student assignments designed to show student mastery of at least eight (75 percent) of the core learning objectives for the course.
ü Includes an eight to ten-page research based paper that utilizes a minimum of eight sources.
ü Includes at least one assignment that requires students to analyze the communication in an organization (a case study of real or simulated organizational communication).
ü Includes at least one assignment that illustrates student understanding of intercultural differences in values and communication and how that affects organizations.
ü Includes at least one assignment assessing their own communication strengths and weaknesses and develop action plans to improve weak areas.
ü Includes tests to illustrate knowledge of the philosophical roots of communication and the history of the field.
ü Includes at least one assignment that addresses ethical issues in organizational communication.
ü Must not be assembled before the last quarter of the course although it may contain work done as the semester progress, such as journals.
ü Emphasizes activities associated with the ability to think critically and communicate effectively.
ü Must be transmitted to the instructor in electronic form.
The rubric and core assessment portfolio must be included in all syllabi. Please note that one assignment may include many of these elements. For example, a paper may analyze personal communication as well as communication within the organization or ethical communication.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Article Critique: Write a short 2-4 page critique of an article from the reading list provided by the instructor. Individual articles must be approved in advance by the instructor. Through this assignment, you need to engage in a dialogue about how the author’s work contributes to our understanding of organizational communication.
Case study group project: Students will be divided into small groups to research an organization. Students may chose a popular case or event involving the organization and discuss the organization’s handling of it using some organizational communication concept, theory, or methodology. Each group will keep meeting logs (two meetings outside of class are required for this assignment. You will have some class time for one meeting.) Each group member will be expected to demonstrate his/her contribution to the project. Project due date will vary based on topic but will typically be before fall break.
Work-place issue presentation: Students will be required to research a popular area in the workplace and develop a formal presentation (a Power Point presentation plus discussion) on this issue using literature available in the field of organizational communication. Students are allowed to “team up” for this assignment (no more than two people on a team). Some examples include diversity, conflict, leadership, supervisor/subordinate relationships, romance in the workplace, sexual harassment, burnout, globalization, information technology, etc. Presentations should be 7-10 minutes for an individual or 9-12 minutes for teams. Presentation due date will vary based on topic but will typically be after fall break.
Analysis of top researcher’s work: This assignment is designed to assist you in learning the history of our field by examining the work of significant individuals in organizational communication and related fields. I’d like you to prepare a one page single-spaced synopsis of this person’s work by focusing on the individual’s background, theoretical contribution (summarize main theories, etc. chronologically) and representative publications. Make copies of this one page synopsis for each class member, including your professor. In addition, please hand in your supplementary work to your professor in a file folder (e.g., article copies, copy of your researcher’s vita, notes from phone conversations or e-mails with your researcher) and a list of references you used for this project (in APA style, of course).
Participation: 15 times throughout the semester, you will be given points for participating in discussion, group activities, etc.
Core assessment portfolio: The portfolio includes a number of assignments described below
ü Group ethics and rhetoric paper : Your collaborative research paper should explore the ethics of an organizational communication in depth. Begin with an organizational crisis such as the Russian/Georgian conflict in Ossetia, school shootings, downsizing at Sprint, food supply/health issues, or a public relations campaign developed for a company. Examine the specific communication offered by the organization, being sure to consider the ethical issues inherent in the message. Use APA style in this 15-page paper. If you do not have the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th edition), you are welcome to use my office copy in my office. You will receive points for outlines and drafts.
ü Intercultural paper: In this 2-3 page paper, you should explore how culture affects organizational communication.
ü Self-assessment: In this 2-3 page paper, you should evaluate your own communication in an organization you currently are a member and suggest areas for improvement and strategies for improvement.
ü Case study: Include a 2-3 page case study derived from the group project.
ü Foundations of the field exam: One exam will be given near the end of the semester that will focus on the foundational research and leaders in the field.
Case-study group project
Work-place issue presentation
Analysis of top researcher’s work
Core assessment portfolio
ü Group ethics and rhetoric paper (220 pts.)
ü Intercultural paper (20 pts.)
ü Self-assessment (20 pts.)
ü Case study (20 pts.)
ü Foundations of field exam (20 pts.)
Late Submission of Course Materials:
I expect all work to be turned in on time. If you know you will be absent a particular class period, come talk to me and you will be allowed to complete non-discussion classwork prior to that absence. I will consider accepting late work for unexpected absences on a case-by-case basis and most late work will be penalized 10%. Additionally, late presentations will be delivered at my discretion and will be penalized two letter grades. Any presentation not given on the assigned day is considered "late." You may be allowed additional work to compensate for the two-letter grade deduction if you give me a copy of your hospital bill or a copy of the funeral notice of an immediate family member. Sore throats or any illness that does not take you to the doctor is no excuse for not turning in your work. Plan ahead and start early. It's been my experience that the night before an assignment is due, all the books in the library on the topic have been checked out. Finally, all work must be submitted within two weeks of its original due date unless you receive special permission from me.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
What is organizational communication?
Exploring the basics
C&P, Chapt. 1-2
Exploring the basics, cont.
Traditional organizational theory
ARTICLE CRITIQUE DUE
C&P, Chapt. 3
Traditional organizational theory, cont.
Relationships and organizational theory
C&P, Chapt. 4
Relationships and organizational theory, cont.
ANALYSIS OF TOP RESEARCHER’S WORK DUE
C&P, Chapt. 5
Organizational culture, cont.
C&P, Chapt. 6
Organizational networks, cont.
TOPIC OF ETHICS PAPER DUE
Alternative organizational theory
C&P, Chapt. 7
Alternative organizational theory, cont.
C&P, Chapt. 10
Issues: Diversity, cont.
INTERCULTURAL PAPER DRAFT DUE
Ethics and Rhetoric
C&P, Chapt. 12
Ethics and Rhetoric, cont.
OUTLINE OF ETHICS PAPER DUE
Issues: Power and Politics
C&P, Chapt. 8
Issues: Power and Politics, cont.
SOURCES FOR ETHICS PAPER DUE
Issues: Conflict and Decision-Making
C&P, Chapt. 9
Issues: Conflict and Decision-Making, cont.
C&P, Chapt. 11
ETHICS PAPER GROUP WORK
Issues: Globalization, cont.
ROUGH DRAFT OF ETHICS PAPER DUE
SELF-ASSESSMENT PAPER DRAFT DUE
FOUNDATIONS OF FIELD EXAM
FOUNDATIONS OF FIELD EXAM DUE
FINAL EXAM 10:15 am-12:15 pm
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