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Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Department of Communication

COM 57400 –  Organizational Communication – Fall Semester 2017 – 3 credits
Section 01 –  Course Reference Number 13264  
  Thursdays,  6:00-8:45 p.m. – Neff Hall 147

Instructor: Professor Irwin Mallin – Office: Neff Hall 230J
Office Hours: Posted at http://users.ipfw.edu/mallini/0ofchrs
Phone: 481-6553 – E- Mail: mallini@ipfw.edu  
Course Web Site: http://users.ipfw.edu/mallini

I. Course Description: Survey of the theoretical and empirical literature dealing with human communication behavior as it occurs within the context of complex organizations, emphasizing critical and cultural perspectives.

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.

VII. Late or Missing Assignments and Tests: In the absence of extreme circumstances, assignments will not be accepted after the date and time they are due, Failure to turn in an assignment will result in a grade of F for the course.

VIII. Academic Integrity
: You are expected to be familiar with what constitutes academic misconduct in this course and at IPFW, and with what the penalties are for such conduct, as set forth in  parts II and III of the IPFW Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct, which is available online at <http://www.ipfw.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 responsibilities.”

IX. Incompletes: A grade of incomplete will only be given in compliance with IPFW’s policy on incomplete grades as set forth in Section 6.4 of the IPFW Academic Regulations, available online at <http://www.ipfw.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.ipfw.edu/offices/sst/course-withdrawal-process/> and for students who are on academic probation <https://www.ipfw.edu/offices/sst/academic-support/ >.

XI. Campus Services:

• Services For Students With Disabilities, Walb Student Union 113, 481-6657, <http://www.ipfw.edu/disabilities/>, provides specialized academic support services and other assistance to persons with qualifying disability conditions.  You become eligible for those services in this class only after you deliver your SSD Accommodation Letter to me.

• The Writing Center, Kettler Hall G19, 481-5740, <http://www.ipfw.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.  

• Centers for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA), Kettler Hall G19, 481-5740, <http://www.ipfw.edu/casa/>, provides tutoring by appointment and other forms of learning assistance

• Information Technology Services, Kettler Hall 206, 481-6030 <http://www.ipfw.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), 424-8852 <http://www.tlckidsfirst.com/>, provides childcare services for students.

• A variety of other student services are described on pages 75-83 the 2016-2017 IPFW Student Handbook.  You're encouraged to grab a paper copy on campus if you can.  Additionally, a PDF is available at

XII. Course Contract: This document, together with assignments and other paper or electronic 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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