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CA 402 Organizational Communication
Wade-Hairston, Tina A.


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

S2DD 2007 DC

Faculty

Wade-Hairston, Tina A.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

M.S. Administration
B.S. Computer Information Systems
Licensed Real Estate/Life Insurance Agent

Office Location

DSCC Campus, Building 11: Columbus, Ohio

Office Hours

By appointment only.

Daytime Phone

614.562.6221

E-Mail

Tina.WadeHairston@pirate.park.edu

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

5:00 - 10:45 PM

Prerequisites

CA 104

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:


Organizations Behavior, Structure, Processes, 12th edition, by James L. Gibson, John M. Ivancevich, James H. Donnelly, Robert Konopaske.

ISBN: 0-07-298717-0

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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. PREREQUISITE: CA 104. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:


The faculty’s educational philosophy is one of empowerment. Students are challenged to strive for great achievements both personally and professionally. The learning environment will be used as a platform for debate, an exchange of ideas, and a vehicle to shape developing perspectives. Academic excellence will be encouraged and supported through readings, group activities, and examinations.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to:
  2. Assess your organizational communication and develop a plan for improvement.
  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.
  13. Identify the philosophical roots of the field and summarize its history.


Core Assessment:

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 Rubric

Class Assessment:


Several methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course. Students will be assessed based on class participation, reflective journals, research project, presentation, and two examinations.

Grading:

  

100 – 90 = A

 89 – 80 = B

 79 – 70 = C

 69 – 60 = D

 Below 60 = F

Active Participation: Eight – 12.5 points each = 100 points (20%)

Reflection Journals: Six – 25 points each = 100 points (20%)

Research Project: One - 100 points = 100 points (20%)

Research Project Presentation: One – 100 points (20%)

Exams: Two – 50 points each = 100 points (20%)

Total Points = 500 Points

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:


No late assignments will be accepted unless accompanied by a written statement from a physician stating that you were under their care. If you will not be attending class, assignments due on that class date must be submitted via email no later than
11:59 PM of that day.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


1. Students are expected to show respect to fellow students and to decisions made by the instructor.

 
2. Students must be prepared for class. This includes having course materials such as the required text for class.
    Students that do not have the required course materials will not be afforded extensions for in-class
    and/or home assignments.
 
3. Students must notify the instructor in advance of absences via email. phone, etc.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


There are five assignments/requirements for successful completion of this course:

1.
Active Participation

Students will be expected to actively participate in class discussions. Generally, your participation will be in the form of responding to questions posed by the instructor, your peers, and by contributing in classroom discussions. Students are encouraged to express their own individual thoughts during the classroom forum.

2.
Reflective Journals

Students will be required to submit six reflective journals. The journals must contain a summation of the assigned readings and class discussion. Each summation must be four paragraphs in length. Use Arial 12 font size and double-spaces. Use various references and citations from the text to support your position. Use APA 5th Edition or newer edition, as reference for citations. Points will be deducted if requirements are not met.

3.
Research Project (Core Assessment Portfolio)

The student will choose an organization with a minimum of 25 employees and will interview the human resource manager. Using the information gained from the interview, reading assignments, and reflection journals, the student will write an 8 -10 page comprehensive paper (excluding title page and references). The outline for the human resource interview and the outline for the research project can be downloaded from the syllabus or provided by the instructor. Use Arial 12 font size and double-spaces. Use at least eight library sources to support your position. STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO FOLLOW THE OUTLINE.
 
4. Presentation

 

Students must present the findings from their research project. The presentation should be from 10 - 15 minutes in length and students are expected to use a visual aid. Students will be permitted 5 minutes for a question and answer session. Points will be deducted for presentations that do not fall within these parameters.

5. Exams

There will be a midterm and a final exam. Exams will require essay style responses. Final exam is not comprehensive.

 

 

 

Class Schedule

Class Activities

Assignments

Exams

Week One – March 22:

Lecture; Group Activities

Read Chapters 1, 2, 3; Reflection Journal Due

 

Week Two – March 29:

Lecture; Group Activities

Read Chapters 4, 5, 6; Reflection Journal Due

 

Week Three – April 5:

Lecture; Group Activities

Read Chapters 7, 8, 9; Reflection Journal Due

 

Week Four – April 12:

Lecture; Group Activities

Conduct Company Interview

Mid-term
(Chapters 1 - 9)

Week Five – April 19:

Lecture; Group Activities

Read Chapters 10, 11, 12; Reflection Journal Due

 

Week Six – April 26:

Lecture; Group Activities

Read Chapters 13, 14, 15; Reflection Journal Due

 

Week Seven – May 3:

Lecture; Group Activities

Read Chapters 16, 17; Reflection Journal Due

 

Week Eight – May 10:

Group Activities; Presentation

Reflection Journal Due

Final Exam
(Chapters 10 - 17)


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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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. 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 .


Attachments:
Research Project Outline

Human Resource Interview

Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Portfolio assignments synthesize information from the text and more than eight additional sources. Portfolio assignments synthesize information from text and eight additional sources. Portfolio assignments synthesize information from seven or fewer sources and the text. Portfolio assignments show no evidence of additional sources. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Portfolio assignments analyze stages/elements of all communication concepts illustrated in the assignment and identify motives, causes and effect of the communication. Portfolio assignments analyze stages/elements of all communication concepts illustrated in the work. Portfolio assignments fail to analyze stages/elements of all communication concepts illustrated in the work or have more than two factual errors. Portfolio assignments fail to analyze stages/elements of communication concepts. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Portfolio assignments evaluate the communication strategies used in a given situation in terms of successfulness and usefulness and offers suggestions for improvement of strategy selection.


 
Portfolio assignments evaluate the communication strategies used in a given situation in terms of successfulness and usefulness. Portfolio assignments only evaluate the communication strategies used in a given situation  in terms of successfulness OR usefulness OR have more than two factual errors. Portfolio assignments fail to evaluate communication strategies. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Portfolio demonstrates a consistent use of more than eight concepts/terms associated with organizational communication. Portfolio demonstrates a consistent use of six to eight concepts/terms associated with organizational communication. Portfolio demonstrates a consistent use of fewer than six concepts/terms associated with organizational communication or has more than two factual errors. Portfolio fails to demonstrate the student's ability to use the  terminology of organizational communication. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Portfolio defines more than eight concepts associated with organizational communication in the student's own words. Portfolio defines eight communication concepts in the student's own words. Portfolio relies on textbook definitions of communication concepts, or defines fewer than eight concepts in the student's own words, or has more than two factual errors. Portfolio fails to define communication concepts. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Portfolio applies more than eight learned concepts to a given communication situation and explains the elements that need to be altered for communication to be more effective. Portfolio applies eight learned concepts to a given communication situation. Portfolio applies fewer than eight concepts to a given communication situation, or has more than two factual errors. Portfolio fails to apply learned concepts to a given communication situation. 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The portfolio demonstrates the student's achievement of more than eight of the competencies with no more than one to three errors in writing conventions. The portfolio demonstrates the student's achievement of eight of the competencies with no more than three to six errors in writing conventions. The portfolio demonstrates the student's achievement of seven or fewer competencies with no more than six to eight errors in writing conventions. Portfolio fails to demonstrate the student's achievement of  competencies and/or includes more than eight errors in writing conventions. 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Single components/assignments of the portfolio demonstrate the student's integration and mastery of multiple objectives beyond what was necessary for the assignment. Single components/assignments of the portfolio demonstrate the student's mastery of the objective necessary for the assignment. Single components/assignments of the portfolio demonstrate the student's partial mastery of the objective necessary for the assignment. Single components/assignments of the portfolio do not demonstrate the student's mastery of the objective necessary for the assignment. 
Knowledge of roots and history of field-                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
The portfolio demonstrates the student's knowledge of the philisophical roots and history of the communication field by achieving scores of more than 80 percent on all exams. The portfolio demonstrates the student's knowledge of the philisophical roots and history of the communication field by achieving scores of 75-80 percent on all exams. The portfolio demonstrates gaps in the student's knowledge of the philisophical roots and history of the communication field illustrated by scores of  60-75 percent or less on all exams. The portfolio does not demonstrates the student's knowledge of the philisophical roots and history of the communication field because student achieved less than 60 percent on most exams. 
Assessment of personal strengths, weaknesses and plans for improvement-                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The portfolio demonstrates the student's analysis of personal strengths and weaknesses and offers goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and tangible. The portfolio demonstrates the student's analysis of personal strengths and weaknesses and offers a plan that identifies several goals and how they will achieve them. Portfolio demonstrates only two of the following: analysis of strengths, weaknesses, plan for improvement. Portfolio demonstrates only one of the following: analysis of strengths, weaknesses, plan for improvement. 

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