CA 402 Organizational Communication
S2AA 2009 LC
Klein, Courtney L.
M.A. Communications, Organizational Communications University of Texas at San AntonioB.S. Communications / Minor English, Tarleton State University
March 16, 2009- May 10th
Textbook: Organizations Behavior, Structure, Processes, 13th edition, by James L. Gibson.
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The instructor’s educational philosophy is based on an interactive classroom. Students are encouraged to participate in classroom discussions and group activities. These discussions will be supplemented with readings, lectures and exams.
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: Participation/ Attendance
Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class period. Please be on time and prepared. Participation is essential for this class. Students are encouraged to participate in class lectures and discussions. Students will be required to participate in group activities. Students should remember to respect all students and the instructor. All viewpoints must be respected.
Each student will be required to submit 4 reflection papers. All written assignments should have 1” margins, double spaced and 12pt. font in Arial or Times New Roman. Reflection papers should be 2-3 pages in length and should be submitted online and a hard copy turned in at the beginning of class on the due date.
1. Case study of a real organization. You should use theories and concepts from class discussions and your textbook.
2. A self assessment of your own communication strengths and weaknesses. You should also include various ways you could improve your communication weaknesses.
3. Discuss the importance of organizational culture. Explain what it is, why its important etc. Use examples from your current organization or previous organizations you’ve been a member of.
4. Explain the decision making process within an organization. Explain how to spot “group think” and how to prevent this within the decision making process.
Group or Individual Project/ Presentation
The final project requires group members to choose a real world organization to examine. Then choose specific concepts that interest them and they would like to know more about. Use the concept to explain your examination of the organization. The paper should be 8-10 pages in length and explain such elements as how you applied it to the organization, why it works or doesn’t work within the organization and what should be done to improve it. The paper should include references from various academic journals and your textbook. Group’s choice of organization and concepts must be pre-approved by the instructor.
The presentation should be 10-15 minutes in length and will explain the organization your group has chosen to observe and the concepts applied to the organization. Each member of the group should participate in the presentation. Visual aids are suggested but not required.
There will be a mid-term exam and a final. The exams will not be comprehensive. They will consist of multiple choice, true/false and short answer response questions.
Extra Credit may be available
(Please note, this Syllabi is subject to changes)
Participation/ Attendance 100 (20%)
Reflective papers 100 (20%)
Midterm/ Final Exam 150 (30%)
Group Project/ Presentation 150 (30%)
450-500 = A
400-449 = B
350-399 = C
300- 349 = D
Below 300 = F
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will be accepted with an automatic deduction of points and must be approved by the instructor.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Please turn off all cell phones and pagers.
Introduction to class; lecture; Discuss Ch. 1
Read Ch. 2
Organizational Culture; Read Ch. 3 Globalization
Discuss Ch. 2 and 3;
Read Ch. 4 & 5
Case Study Reflection Paper Due
Discuss Ch. 4&5
Read ch. 6 & 7
Strengths / Weaknesses Reflection Paper Due
Discuss 6 & 7
Read 8 & 9
Importance of organizational culture reflection paper due
Discuss 8 & 9
Read Ch. 10 & 11
Saturday 4/ 25
Discuss Ch. 10 & 11
Read Ch. 12 & 16
Decision making process refelction paper due
Discuss Ch. 7; Group Activity
Read Ch. 15
Discuss Ch. 8; Group Activity
Group projects and presentations
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Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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