CA 402 Organizational Communication
FA 2012 HO
M.Ed. Adult Education, Park UniversityB.S. Psychology, University of Missouri - RollaB.S. Business & Management Systems, University of Missouri - Rolla
After class or by appointment
August 20 - December 14, 2012
11:00 - 11:50 AM
CA104 Interpersonal Communication
Modaff, D. P., DeWine, S. & Butler, J. (2011). Organizational communication: foundations, challenges, and misunderstandings (3rd ed.). Boston:Pearson Education.
Keyton, J., Shockley-Zalabak, P. (2010). Case studies for organizational communication: Understanding communication processes (3rd ed.). New York:Oxford.
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Educational Philosophy: I
believe that learning is a collaborative process and is best achieved in an
environment that is safe, encouraging, respectful, challenging and highly
interactive. I prefer using a variety of
methods to engage students in the classroom, as I recognize that everyone
learns in his or her own way. I try to
present information in an interesting and relevant way while encouraging
critical thinking and personal growth.
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 is a crucial part of the learning process of this course. There are participation and/or in-class
assignment points given for every class period.
In-class assignments may include activities such as case studies. Participation points are solely up to the
discretion of the instructor, and may be deducted for tardiness, disruptive
behavior or excessive use of electronic devices (see Classroom Rules of Conduct). Participation points cannot be made up unless
pre-approved by the instructor (see Attendance).
individually or in self-selected small groups of no more than 3 people, you
will create two presentation videos in order to explain 1) organizational
socialization and 2) an enterprise communication tool of your choice (approval
by instructor required). These videos
will be creative in nature and will be added to our class YouTube channel.
Paper: This 2-3 page paper requires an assessment of your
own communication strengths and weaknesses, along with an action plan to
improve weak areas.
Observation Journals: You
will be asked to attend 2 organizational meetings and write about your
experiences and observations. These two 250-350
word journal entries (submitted via the Journal tool in eCompanion) should
illustrate your understanding of 1) intercultural differences in values and
communication and how that affects organizations and 2) how leadership affects
The mid-term exam will focus on the foundations of the field and theories
discussed during the first half of the semester.
Organization Analysis Paper: This 8-10 page paper requires an
analysis of and recommendation for the communication strategies of a large
organization of which you are a member.
It will require an interview with a formal leader of the organization,
as well as an interview with a general member.
You will be given points for each assigned step of the project,
including the interviews and a rough draft.
The final exam will cover theories, concepts, and methods covered throughout
NOTE: All reading is
expected to be completed before you come to class.
Late Submission of Course Materials: I
will not accept late assignments, period.
You should begin work on your
assignments early enough to cope with any unforeseen circumstances that
inevitably arise. I may
reconsider this rule only in extreme circumstances.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
eCompanion: I will frequently use eCompanion
(online.park.edu) in this course for posting grades, listing assignments,
etc. You will find the materials and
instructions you need for the course (including times when class is cancelled
for any reason) in eCompanion. Saying
that you don’t have the syllabus or did not check eCompanion does not relieve
you from the responsibility of any assignments in this course.
Electronic Devices: Although I do not mind if you use
your device (cell phone, tablet, laptop, etc.) 1-2 times per class session when directly related to classroom work,
participation points will be deducted for excessive use or if I believe you are
giving it more attention than you give the class activity or lecture. No phone
calls or text messages should be sent or received during the class session. If you are expecting an emergency call, let
me know before class and take the call outside the classroom.
Respect: I expect every student to help maintain a
positive learning environment. Any
classroom conduct that disrupts the learning environment in my opinion will not
be tolerated. Degrading or
discriminatory remarks or behaviors are not acceptable. While I expect differences of opinion, I
demand a courteous and respectful atmosphere where everyone feels safe voicing
their opinions. Respect one another and
be open to new ideas.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: The following schedule is TENTATIVE and therefore still subject to change. When necessary, class topics will be extended or reexamined in the scheduled sessions.
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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98NOTE: Participation and in-class assignments make up a large percentage of your grade in this class. These points cannot be made up unless you have an excused absence AND arrangements have been made PRIOR TO THE CLASS SESSION. Excused absences will be granted, within reason, for legitimate and verifiable 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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