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COMD 362 : Communication and Organizational Culture

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Communication and Organizational Culture
Analysis of organizational culture, a study of theory, as well as application of research methods in communication. Allows students to assess particular organizations and to increase their ability to initiate organizational change. Entails a variety of research methods, including rhetorical, qualitative and quantitative methods.

To understand the conceptual background for the study of organizational communication and culture. To understand that organizational communication is quite complex To learn that organization communication began with a linear management structure in classical management To know that linear management structure is currently ineffective because of the emphasis on people and culture To understand that technology, diversity, and globalization all contribute to the changing nature of organizations To strategize, identify, and manage issues relevant to organizational communication.

1. Learn the historical context of organizational communication and incorporate their knowledge of organizational practices in their own writing and research2. Employ the various theories of organizational communication and the ethical practice of such theories with interviews and in-class writing applications of theories.3. Distinguish how the classical management models have shifted through human resources and human relations as systems of communication, by examining and discussing an original assembly-line style of work to more current models.4. Identify how organizational members can communicate effectively in global markets and diversified workplaces, by comparing organizations across the world and interviewing people on such issues.5. Recognize the critical approach or role of power in organizations and how ideology and hegemony influence people by identifying and discussing how various organizations function under different power structures.6. Strategize various conflict management methods by synthesizing conflict styles and employing decision-making tools through in-class activities requiring such management.7. Understand how technology might change how organizations communicate and function in terms of virtual teams and telework by completing course projects that require technology.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
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