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CA 402 Organizational Communication
Ventresca, Thomas J.


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.
CourseCA 402 Organizational Communication
SemesterF2J2004
FacultyVentresca, Thomas J.
TitleSenior Instructor
Daytime Phone816-931-3428
E-Mailtventresca@mail.park.edu
tventres@blitz-it.net
Semester DatesOctober 26-December 14
Class DaysTuesdays
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
PerquisitesCA104
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Gibson, Ivancevich, Donnelly, and Konopaske.  Organizations: Behavior, Structure, Processes, eleventh edition.  Irwin McGraw-Hill, 2004.

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.  Pre-requisite:  CA104. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of critical thinking and exploration  based on readings, lectures, dialogues, writings, presentations, and students' insights.  The facilitator will engage each learner in a lively discussion of issues and challenges, and how these ideas and insights can improve professional careers and personal lives.

Learning Outcomes:
To provide a conceptual understanding of contemporary organizations and related issues.
To comprehend the pervasiveness and importance of communication in all aspects of organizational life.
To review the current state of knowledge regarding leadership and organizational communication.
To examine the important variables in individual and group decision making and problem solving.

Course Assessment:
Students will be evaluated by seven reflection papers on the readings and field trip, one group presentation on course readings, one final paper and presentation, class participation, and attendance.

All papers should be typewritten.  Name, title of assignment, and date in the upper right hand corner.  Students may rewrite their graded papers.  Hand in rewritten paper by the next class (include the original). The scores for the two papers (the original and the rewrite) will  be averaged to get a new score.  The content and the mechanics (grammar, punctuation, spelling) of the papers are very important.

Grading:
Seven reflection papers        5 points each      35 points
One group presentation         5 points            5 points
Participation                  5 points            5 points
Final paper(10 points)/Presentation (5 points)    15 points
Attendance                     Perfect attendance  3 points
                              1 class absent      0 points
                              2 classes absent   -6 points
                              3 classes absent
                                 (Dropped from class
                                  and/or -12 points.)

Total possible points                             63 points

A = 54-63
B = 42-53
C = 32-41
D = 21-31
F = 0-20

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late papers may be subject to a reduced grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students will be expected to honor the basic rules of classroom behavior: (1) only one person speaking at a time, (2) no side conversations while someone else is talking, (3) give full attention to person speaking, (4) treat others as you would like to be treated (respect shown to everyone in class).

 Class ActivitiesAssignmentsTests
Meeting - 1Introductions
Overview of Course
Discussion of Chapters 1 & 2.
Read Chapter 1, The Study of Organizations
Read Chapter 2, Organizational Culture
 
Meeting - 2Discussion of Chapters 3 & 4.
Group Presentation (Chapter 4)
Read Chapter 3, Globalization.
Read Chapter 4, Individual Behavior and Differences.
Reflection Paper on Chapters 1-4 Due.
Meeting - 3Discussion of Chapters 5 & 6.  Group Presentation (Chapters 5,6)
(This class will not met at its regularly scheduled time but will be rescheduled as a field trip.)
Read Chapter 5, Motivation: Background and Theories.
Read Chapter6, Motivation and Reward Programs.
Reflection Paper on Chapters 5 & 6 Due.
Meeting - 4Discussion of Chapters 7 & 8.  Group Presentations on Chapter 7 and Chapter 8.Read Chapter 7, Workplace Stress: Issues and Management.
Read Chapter 8, Group and Team Behavior.
Reflection Paper on Chapters 7 & 8 Due.
Meeting - 5Discussion of Chapters 9 and 10.
Group Presentation on Chapter 9.
Read Chapter 9, Conflict and Negotiation.
Read Chapter 10, Power and Politics.
Reflection Paper on Chapters 9 & 10 Due.
Meeting - 6Discussion of Chapters 11 and 12.
Group Presentation on Chapters 11, 12.
Read Chapter 11, Leadership: Fundamentals.
Read Chapter 12, Leadership: Emerging and Changing Concepts.
Reflection Paper on Chapters 11 & 12 Due.
Meeting - 7Discussion of Chapters 15 and 16.Read Chapter 15, Managing Communication Processes.
Read Chapter 16, Decision Making.
Reflection Paper on Chapters 15 & 16 Due.
Meeting - 8Final Papers and Presentations.  

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


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 .
The contents of this syllabus can be changed as deemed necessary by the instructor.

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