CA 402 Organizational Communication
FA 2009 HO
Norris, Virgil "Rusty"
Senior Instructor of Communication Arts/Adjunct Faculty
MA: Communication & Leadership, Park UniversityMLA: Social Science concentration, Baker UniversityBA: Liberal Arts, Park University
Before and after class or by appointment
August 17 - December 11, 2009
1:00 - 2:15 PM
Textbook: Modaff, D. P., DeWine, S., Butler, J. (2008). Organizational Communication: Foundations, Challenges, and Misunderstandings, 2nd ed. Pearson: Boston, MA. ISBN-13: 978-0-205-49349-4. ISBN-10: 0-205-49349-1.
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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
Active participation in class discussions, exercises, and projects. This includes being continually present from the
start of each class until the class is dismissed by the instructor. Consideration will be given to quantity and quality
of involvement and demonstrated attitude toward learning.
Students will complete two case study assignments.
Grading: Participation - 10 points per day: 300 points or 30% of course grade.
Case Studies - 100 points each: 200 points or 20% of course grade.
Presentation: 50 points or 5% of course grade.
Analysis of top researcher’s work: 100 points or 10% of course grade.
Final Exam: 50 points or 5% of course grade.
Core Assessment Portfolio: 300 points or 30% of course grade, broken down as follows:
Late Submission of Course Materials: All work shoud be turned in on time. I will consider accepting late work for unexpected absences on a case-by-case basis and most late work will be penalized 10%. 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. 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: Communication Devices: All communication devices must be turned off, or set on silent, during the class session. No phone calls or text messages are to be sent or received without the instructor's permission. If you are expecting an important message or must be "on call," notify the instructor in advance. You must have permission from the
instructor to answer messages during class. CAUTION: If I see a cell phone in your hand during class, without prior permission from me, you will lose all participation points for the day.
Disruptive behavior: Any behavior which disrupts the classroom routine or which interferes with orderly classroom conduct will not be tolerated. The instructor reserves the right to expel the student(s) responsible for the disruption from the class for the rest of the period. If the disruption is repeated, or is, in the opinion of the instructor, excessive and/or violent, then the student may be expelled from the class for the rest of the semester. The student may appeal as indicated in the student handbook. Any graded assignment or test missed due to expulsion from the class will be given a score of zero points.
Class Cancellations: If class is canceled for snow or any other reason, the class period following the canceled class day will cover the material that was to have been covered on the canceled day. Presentations and assignments due on a canceled class day will be scheduled for the following class day. There will be no exceptions.
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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87NOTE: All suspected incidents of academic dishonesty will be examined closely. Penalties will reflect the severity
of the infraction, including the potential for failing the course.
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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92NOTE: All suspected incidents of plagiarism will be examined closely. Penalties will reflect the severity of the
infraction, including the potential for failing the course.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95NOTE: Excused absences will be granted, within reason, for legitimate and verifiable student/work activities or
illness. All other absences will be considered unexcused. You must notify the instructor in advance, and in writing, of scheduled absences or within 24 hours for emergency absences.
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 .
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