Purdue University Fort Wayne Department of Communication
COM 32400 – Introduction to Organizational Communication – Spring Semester 2019 – 3 credits
Section 01 – Course Reference Number 21628
Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-4:15 p.m. – Neff Hall 133
I. Course Description: An introduction to fundamental concepts and basic research related to communication behavior in organizational settings.
II. Prerequisite: COM 11400 or consent of instructor.
III. Course Goals: Upon
completing this course, you should be able to:
1) demonstrate an awareness of the nature and importance of communication in the organizational context;
2) apply relevant organizational communication theories to the behavior of yourself and others;
3) evaluate the usefulness of some of these theories for enhancing communication competence in your own workplace; and
4) demonstrate familiarity with some of the methods scholars use in studying organizational communication.
Portfolio Requirement for Communication Majors: If
you major in either or both of Interpersonal and
Organizational Communication or Media and Public Communication
via the 2009-2010 bulletin or a later bulletin, or in
Communication via the 2014-2015 bulletin or a later bulletin,
you will be required to create a portfolio as part of the
sequence of required portfolio classes: COM 12000, COM 30800,
and either COM 48000 or COM 49900. In COM 32400 you will
create work product that can be used as evidence for student
learning objectives for that portfolio. Parts of the
response papers you write for this class can be used as
evidence for the following student learning objectives.
- Be able to articulately explain communication concepts and theories relevant to your major
- Be able to explain, apply, and evaluate the processes involved in productive conflict in the contexts relevant to your major
- Be able to evaluate interpersonal and/or group interactions
• Tests (3 at 175 points each = 525
points). The tests will cover material in lecture, class
discussions and the textbook, as well as any brief additional
readings that may be assigned.
• Response papers (3 at 125 points each = 375 points) Each response paper assignment will ask you to respond to specific questions applying the course material to your own experience in a well-written, detailed, typed and stapled three to five page essay. You are responsible for keeping a copy of each response paper.
• Class contributions (100 points) You are expected to attend class. Beyond mere attendance, though, this is a participatory course. Your productive contributions to class discussions and activities are important. In addition, you will be assigned cases and other readings to be prepared to discuss. This portion of your grade reflects my assessment of your participation in class discussions and activities and brief homework assignments. Each unexcused absence will reduce your grade for this component by 10 points. 11 or more unexcused absences will result in a grade of F for the course. All that is required here is that you account for yourself for each class period, as follows: 1) If you know in advance you won’t be able to attend a given class, you should let me know the reason in advance, preferably by e-mail as that provides us with a written record. 2) In emergency situations where you can’t tell me in advance of your absence, it’s your responsibility to account for those absences as soon as possible afterward and in no event more than two weeks afterward. 3) I reserve the right to not excuse an absence if I believe you're abusing the privilege. 4) If you arrive to class after I have taken attendance, it’s your responsibility to see me after class to insure that I have recorded your presence. 5) Leaving class early without permission shall constitute an unexcused absence. 6) Use of a cell phone in class for any purpose without express prior permission from the instructor shall constitute an unexcused absence.
VII. Grading Scale: A = 930-1000; A- = 900-929; B+ = 870=899; B = 830-869; B- = 800-829; C+ = 770-799; C = 730-769; C- = 700-729; D+ = 670-699; D = 630-669; D- = 600-629; F = 0-599.
VIII. Late or Missing Assignments and Tests: In the absence of extreme circumstances, written assignments will not be accepted after the class period in which they are due, and examinations not taken on the designated date can not be made up. Failure to turn in an assignment or take a test will result in a grade of F for the course.IX. Academic Integrity: You are expected to be familiar with what constitutes academic misconduct in this course and at Purdue Fort Wayne, and with what the penalties are for such conduct, as set forth in parts II and III of the Purdue Fort Wayne Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct, which is available online at <http://www.pfw.edu/committees/senate/code/>.
As Professor Carr used to say on his syllabi, “if caught
cheating or plagiarizing, a student will receive no credit for
the assignment and/or an ‘F’ for the course. Any instances of
academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean and Vice
Chancellor and may result in expulsion from the University.
Most instances of academic dishonesty result from a
combination of the last-minute rush, poor judgment and a lack
of familiarity with academic propriety. Consult the instructor
well in advance of an assignment due date to clarify your
X. Incompletes: A grade of incomplete will only
be given in compliance with Purdue Fort Wayne’s policy on
incomplete grades as set forth in Section 6.4 of the Purdue
Fort Wayne Academic Regulations, available online at <http://www.pfw.edu/committees/senate/regulations/grades.html>
and then only under extraordinary circumstances. If such
circumstances arise, please let me know and we will discuss
whether an incomplete is appropriate.
XI. New Student Success Procedures: Beginning
Fall 2015 the university started new procedures for students
who want to withdraw from classes <https://www.pfw.edu/offices/sst/course-withdrawal-process/>
and for students who are on academic probation <https://www.pfw.edu/offices/sst/academic-support/ >.
XII. Diversity Statement: In this class we
subscribe to the Purdue Fort Wayne Diversity Statement:
"Purdue University Fort Wayne is committed to creating an
environment that enhances learning by recognizing the inherent
worth of all individuals at the university. Diversity
stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and
enriches campus life. The term diversity encompasses
differences of culture, background and experience among
individuals and groups. Such differences include, but are not
necessarily limited to, differences of race, ethnicity, color,
gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,
class, age, and disabilities, as well as political and
religious affiliation, and socioeconomic status."
• The Writing Center, 2nd floor of
Helmke Library <http://www.pfw.edu/writing/>,
provides one-on-one assistance with writing, both in person
and online. There are also links to valuable writing
resources on their web page.
• The Tutoring Center, 2nd floor of
Helmke Library <http://www.pfw.edu/casa/>,
provides tutoring by appointment and other forms of learning
• Information Technology Services, Kettler Hall 206 <http://www.pfw.edu/offices/its/help/>, provides student e-mail accounts and web space and administers the student computing labs. Valuable computing help is available on their web site and by telephone.
• The Learning Community, 2041
Reed Road (Cor. State) <https://thelearningcommunityfw.com/>,
provides childcare services for students.
Additional campus services that you may find helpful are linked at http://users.pfw.edu/mallini/adv004.htmlXIV. Course Contract: This document, together with assignments and other handouts you may receive from the instructor throughout the semester, explains some of the official course policies. Please read it carefully. If you have any questions, ask your instructor immediately. Your continued enrollment in this course after the first week of class signifies that you understand these policies and agree to participate in this course according to them.
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Last Updated: 3 January 2019