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syllabus-fall08 - COM 240(Sections 001-006 Fall 2008...

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COM 240 (Sections 001-006) Fall, 2008 --- Introduction to Organizational Communication Professor: Janet Lillie, Ph.D. Lecture: Tues. 3:00 – 4:50, 147 Comm Arts Office: 287 CAS Recitations: Thurs 10:20 – 12:10, 001, 148 Comm Arts Phone: 355-3410 Thurs 10:20 – 12:10, 002, 154 Comm Arts E-mail: [email protected] Thurs 12:40 – 2:30, 003, 148 Comm Arts Office Hours: Mon 3:00- 4:30 Thurs 12:40 – 2:30, 004, 154 Comm Arts and by appointment Thurs 3:00 – 4:50, 005, 148 Comm Arts Thurs 3:00 – 4:50, 006, 154 Comm Arts Teaching Assistants: (TA) Andy Boyan (sections 4 and 5) 557 CAS, 355-2170 [email protected] (TA) Sara Gardella (sections 1 and 3) 459 CAS, 353-0666, [email protected] (TA) Hannah Klautke (sections 2 and 6) 455 CAS, 353-7252 [email protected] Required Texts: Text Book -- Miller, K. (2009) 5th Ed. Organizational Communication: Approaches and Processes . Belmont, CA.: Wadsworth Publishing Company. ANGEL – angel.msu.edu -- visit weekly for readings, announcements, etc. This course provides an introduction to a number of organizational communication theories and processes by combining conceptual aspects with opportunities for application. Students are expected to: Learn and understand terms and theories relating to organizational communication; Apply concepts and terms to own experience and be able to articulate how they relate; Apply concepts and terms to the class project and express them in a professional manner; Contribute to their teams with initiative, ideas, completion of quality work, positive attitude, motivation, etc. Appropriately label examples/scenarios to terms and concepts used in the book, lectures, and on ANGEL in a multiple choice format; Attend all classes and participate through idea generation, question asking, active listening, etc. Additionally, by the design of this course, students are given the opportunity to learn about and develop many attributes (career-related competencies) related to professional development. Three of the main competencies that students can develop throughout this course are: Communicating Effectively through concise writing, strong listening skills, verbal presentations (to group members, Graduate or Undergraduate Assistants, the Professor and the class), etc. Contributing to a Team through recognizing and validating the perspectives of team members, identifying individual strengths (yours and others) and harnessing them for the group, building consensus, knowing when to lead and when to follow, appreciating group dynamics, etc. Managing Time and Priorities by breaking large projects into manageable and prioritized tasks, developing logical plans to accomplish those tasks, and adjusting to necessary changes in the plans. Class assignments include exams, individual assignments, lecture points, and group assignments for a total of 400 possible points in this course. Assignments and grading scale are as follows: Grading Scale: Exam 1 120 points 400 – 360 points 90% 4.0 Exam 2 100 points 359 – 340 points 85% 3.5 Final Assignment 10 points 339 – 320 points 80% 3.0 Group Project (Designing an organization) 319 – 300 points 75% 2.5 Part 1 30 points 299 – 280 points 70% 2.0 Part II 100 points 279 – 260 points 65% 1.5
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