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Course Description

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This course explores the application of communication process theory to organizations with special emphasis on internal organizational processes experienced at individual, group and organizational levels. Students examine communication in different organizational contexts including civil society, government, business and transnational corporations.

Note: This course may be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Discuss and communicate with your peers the ways in which communicating and organizing intersect from both theoretical and practical standpoints;
  • Articulate important historical shifts within organizational thinking including some current and underlying tensions that characterize the ways we think about organizations;
  • Communicate how organizational communication and organizational thinking in general may be connected to your own professional and vocational goals;
  • Analyze and critique communication content and strategies within existing organizations; and
  • Develop an inquiring capacity for organizational thinking and build a research proposal within the realm of organizational communication.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to organizational communication
  • Organizational hierarchies and networks
  • Human relations, human resources, and beyond
  • Cultural approaches to organizational thinking
  • Critical approaches to organizational thinking
  • Organizations and systems thinking
  • Organization and process
  • New horizons and student-created content

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits

Restriction(s): REXT*3040

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight
Unit Discussions 10%
Formative Self-Assessment 10%
Case Study 17.5%
Research Proposal 17.5%
Group Presentation 15%
Online Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

Specific due dates will be posted to the course website.