CA 402 Organizational Communication
F2T 2012 DL
Johnston, Jamie C.
Instructor of Communication Arts/Adjunct Faculty
Master of Communication, Auburn UniversityBachelor of Arts, Broadcasting, University of Wyoming
CA104 Interpersonal Communication I
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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:
Students will be graded based on a variety of activities,
presentations, papers and examinations.
All work must be submitted in electronic form (word-processed, PowerPoint, etc). Make sure all written work has been proof read and spell
checked. Spelling and grammatical errors have an effect on the
effectiveness and clarity of your communication of information and ideas.
Always double-check your work prior to submitting for grading. Writing
is and integral part of this course and will be evaluated on its form as well
as its content.
All papers should be typed, double-spaced, left justified, and use a 10-12 pt
font. Margins should be no larger than one inch.
PowerPoint presentations should be as simple as possible, yet present the
information in a credible way. Using special effects to highlight
information may be effective, but for the purposes of this course, please
minimize their use.
1000 points possible
critique (Week 2)
of organizational communication paper
issue presentation (Week 5)
of issue presentation (Week 3)
(Week 1 to 8, 20 points each)
case study discussion
(Week 1 to 8, 20 points each)
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late submissions will not be accepted unless arranged in advance or
because of significant emergencies.
Discussion activities cannot be made up, because they happen in class.
Missed assignments must be made up within one week of the excused absence.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
It is important to remember that taking courses in an online
environment pose special problems in the communication of ideas and through use
of terminology that may be unfamiliar to your classmates. Statements can be
taken out of context and may result in conflicts that could hinder a student’s
ability to successfully complete the course, or alter their desire to continue
taking online courses. Therefore, it is critical that all students abide by the
rules of online etiquette when posting to questions or other student responses.
The use of acronyms or online “slang” is not considered
appropriate for this forum. The student is expected to express his or herself
in a scholarly, intelligent, and professional manner at all times. This is not
to discourage the student from expressing their personality and humor in their
postings, but please be mindful of the problems that can arise from
inappropriate language and unfamiliar terminology.
Professional conduct is expected by all students at all times, as
well as tolerance and acceptance of other ideas and beliefs. A credible level
of effort appropriate to the course material is expected. Although this will
vary from student to student due to work or personal events, it is the
responsibility of the student to be adequately prepared for all class sessions.
Students are expected to communicate with the instructor regarding absences,
perceived deficiencies in coursework performance, etc.
Park University policies regarding academic honesty/plagiarism
will be strictly enforced. Any indication of cheating or plagiarism on tests,
examinations, papers, or other course assignments will not be tolerated.
Plagiarism is the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of
another person and presenting them as their own work, and sometimes occurs
through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper
documentation of sources should consult the instructor.
to the course
MDB, chapt. 1
management theory and humanistic theories of organizations
MDB, chapts. 2-3
organizational culture, and critical theory
MDB, chapts. 4-5
superior-subordinate and horizontal communication
communication background paper
MDB, chapts. 10-11
in crisis, organizational change efforts
Teams and leadership
communication method paper
MDB, chapts. 12-13
recruitment and socialization, conflict, sexual harassment and
MDB, chapts. 7-9
technology, diversity, globalization,
rough draft Intercultural paper
MDB, chapt. 14
Putting it all
together—careers in communication, a second look at ethics.
Foundations of the
field exam Portfolio due
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 98
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