Jan 28, 2023
COMS 3500 - Introduction to Organizational Communication
Analysis of traditional and contemporary theories of communication in context of modern complex organizations (government, industry, education, etc.). Consideration and explication of such pertinent concepts and variables as message, channel, networks, information, information flow, communication climate, and communication audit.
Writing is integrated into this course in several ways. First, students will write regularly throughout the term. Course assignments will require that students engage with the content of the course while simultaneously attending to principles of writing. Second, we will devote class time to learning about writing via lectures, discussions, and activities. Writing topics will focus on macro, mezzo, and micro issues in writing including ideas, organization, paragraphs, sentences, and grammar. Third, students will produce several short and/or one longer piece of writing that comprises at least 10-15 pages of original writing. Fourth, students will revise and resubmit at least one writing assignment based on peer and/or instructor feedback. Fifth, as appropriate, students will provide their peers with feedback on writing assignments and will use the feedback from their peers for revisions .
Requisites: (C or better in COMS 2350) and (ENG 1510 or 151A) and Soph or Jr or Sr Warning: no credit for this course and COMS 2500
Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 1JE
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Students will be able to evaluate different organizational theories/theorists and compare their underlying assumptions about organizing and communication.
- Students will be able to describe and analyze relevant communication processes that have been studied (and are being studied) in organizations.
- Students will be able to articulate how relevant communication processes are studied differently based on diverse theoretical assumptions (e.g., message, channel, networks, information flow, climate, culture).
- Students will be able to recognize one’s role in enacting theory and impacting organizational communication dynamics.
- Students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking about the political, social, and cultural aspects of organizational life in their written and oral presentations.
- Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how issues such as technology, diversity, and new organizing strategies impact communication in the workplace.
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