COM 240 (Sections 001-006) Fall, 2008 ---
Introduction to Organizational Communication
Janet Lillie, Ph.D.
Tues. 3:00 – 4:50, 147 Comm Arts
Office: 287 CAS
Thurs 10:20 – 12:10, 001, 148 Comm Arts
Thurs 10:20 – 12:10, 002, 154 Comm Arts
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
4:50, 005, 148 Comm Arts
4:50, 006, 154 Comm Arts
Andy Boyan (sections 4 and 5) 557 CAS, 355-2170
Sara Gardella (sections 1 and 3) 459 CAS, 353-0666,
Hannah Klautke (sections 2 and 6) 455 CAS, 353-7252
-- Miller, K. (2009) 5th Ed. Organizational Communication: Approaches and
. Belmont, CA.: Wadsworth Publishing Company.
– 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:
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