you not only speak well, but that your writing is compelling and
credible, as these two means of learning are intertwined. Additional
assignments will emphasize not only argument and the development of
your ideas, but also the clarity and correctness of your expression.
Careful time management will help you keep up with readings and
assignments and enable you to be successful in all of your courses.
You should strive for five qualities in your writing: (1) your writing
should be COMPELLING (i.e., it should articulate a claim, make a
point, be purposeful), (2) your writing should be COMPLETE (i.e., it
should address all aspects of the assignment, it should be sufficiently
developed), (3) your writing should be COHERENT (i.e., your
argument should logically progress from one paragraph to the next),
(4) your writing should be CONCISE (i.e., it should be richly
developed, but not meandering or repetitive), and (5) your writing
should be CORRECT (i.e., it should be free of grammatical,
typographical and source citation errors, as well as fallacious
reasoning). I will look to these five criteria as I read and respond to
your written work in this course.
Although rhetoric is typically thought of as the root of the
communication discipline, the human propensity to organize is
probably as old as our inclination to present our ideas in public speech.
In this course, we will examine the major metatheoretical, theoretical
and methodological issues in organizational communication thought
and research. In addition, we will focus on recent trends in
organizational communication research, examining topics such as
leadership, power, culture, and politics, with special attention to
FOUNDATIONS, Inquiry, Practice