II. Prerequisite: COM 32400
or consent of instructor. While not formal
prerequisites, this course will be more beneficial to you if
you have had a course that introduces you to communication
research methods (such as COM 30000) and an intermediate
course in writing research papers (such as ENG W233 or one of
the other courses that satisfy the Arts and Sciences second
writing course requirement).
III. Course Goals: Upon
completing this course, you should be able to (or have
enhanced your ability to):
1) demonstrate an understanding of the history of the study of organizational communication;
2) articulate the nature and importance of communication in the organizational context;
3) apply relevant organizational communication theories to the behavior of yourself and others
4) evaluate the usefulness of some of these theories for enhancing communication competence in your own workplace;
5) compare, contrast, and use some of the methods scholars use in studying organizational communication;
6) recognize the multiple ways in which organization members or observers can understand organizational life; and
7) have developed or enhanced research and critical thinking skills.
IV. Course Tools:• Links to required readings and other important course information will be e-mailed to course participants. Reading guides and other important information will be posted to the course web site. Accordingly, you are required to have an e-mail account and access to the World Wide Web. It is expected that your e-mail account will not be set to block e-mail from me as spam and that you will check this account regularly.
V. Course Assignments: This course will be graded on a 1000 point scale, as follows:
• Tests (2 at 250
points each = 500 points). The tests will cover material
in lecture, class discussions and the readings.
• Research project (400 points). This project will require you to propose a topic relevant to this course that you wish to learn more about, and design and conduct a study on that topic, which may be either original research or a critical synthesis of published research. Upon approval of your proposal, graduate students will produce a 10-12 page paper suitable for presentation at a regional or national communication convention and undergraduate students will produce a 7-10 page paper suitable for presentation at an undergraduate research conference. Each student will make an in-class research presentation. This assignment will be introduced and described in more detail in class.
• 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, brief homework assignments beyond the readings will be assigned. 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 20 points. Six 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.
VI. 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.
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
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.
X. 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/ >.
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
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.
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.
Learning Community, 2041 Reed Road
(Cor. State) <https://thelearningcommunityfw.com/>,
provides childcare services for students.
campus services that you may find helpful are linked at http://users.pfw.edu/mallini/adv004.html