3 credit hours
|Course Description:||This course is an introduction to communication in organizations including relevant theories, technologies, leadership, teamwork, diversity, global organizations, and ethics. You participate in class discussion of chapter material and write five papers based on readings and your own experiences.|
|Course Objectives:|| By the end of the course, you should be able to:
1. Compare and contrast major theories of organizational communication.
2. Discuss the impact of technology in organizational change and employee empowerment.
3. Define corporate culture, leadership, teamwork, diversity, and ethics, and discuss how they impact organizational communication.
4. Identify effective means of communicating in global organizations.
5. Critique an organization's communication system/structure, applying appropriate theories.
|Prerequisites and Corequisites:||There are no prerequisites for this course.|
|Course Topics:|| Course topics include:
|Specific Course Requirements:||You must be familiar with a word-processing software such as Microsoft Word in order to submit your papers.|
|Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements|
Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course:
|Hardware Requirements:||Please see the hardware requirements at http://www.rodp.org/students/hardware_software.htm.|
|Software Requirements:||Please see the software requirements at http://www.rodp.org/students/hardware_software.htm.|
|Assessment and Grading|
Discussion: Your online discussion will be evaluated on the basis of the following Ideas and Interaction criteria:
|Grading Scale:||90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D
59-0 = F
Activity Percent of Grade
|Assignments and Participation|
|Assignments and Projects:||You will read each chapter in the textbook. Several times a week, you will initiate and respond to discussion based on chapter material. You will write five papers based on textbook material.|
|Class Participation:||You must actively participate in class discussion, and your participation must be timely. If you consistently wait until the last few hours of a discussion, the quality of your participation may suffer, as will your grade. Don't hesitate to ask questions and mention current events as part of your discussion, but please keep all discussion comments relevant to course material.|
|Punctuality:||Keep up with deadlines by reading the calendar and the course schedule. You have a window of time in which to participate in discussion and in which to submit your papers. Once discussion time ends, you will not receive credit for further discussion on that unit's topics. After the deadline for an essay is past, you will receive a zero for that assignment. Technical problems aren't an excuse for late papers.|
|Course Ground Rules|
| In this course, participation is required. We cannot be a real class unless you participate. Learn how to navigate in WebCT, and let me know immediately if you experience problems. Keep up with any course announcements. Use the assigned college or university email address as opposed to a personal email address. Take care of technical problems immediately. Observe course netiquette at all times.
If you are caught cheating or using the work of others without attribution, then you will fail that particular assignment. you may fail the course and face other disciplinary action.
|Guidelines for Communications|
1. Always include a subject line.
2. Remember that without facial expressions, some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases. Keep your messages positive and professional.
3. Use standard fonts.
4. Do not send large attachments without permission from the instructor.
5. Respect the privacy of other class members.
1. Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
2. Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
3. Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other's ideas. Try to be positive and constructive. You might say, "Another way to view that problem is . . ."
4. Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
5. Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
|Web Resources:||Useful links:
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary
Strunk & White's Elements of Style
APA Style Manual Crib Sheet
Guide to Grammar and Writing
|The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in the Regents Degree Program. Some of your papers require you to cite sources from the Virtual Library.|
Students With Disabilities
|Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.|
|I reserve the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes must be made during the semester, I will immediately notify you of such changes by email and by a message on the course bulletin board.|