Communication in Organizations

COMMUN 310, LEC 201

  • Class Number: 66404
  • Course Level: Undergraduate
  • Credits: 3
  • Meets Requirements:
  • Instructor: Erik Timmerman
  • Course Dates:
  • Course Syllabus (.pdf)

In organizations, why do people work as they do and how can we use communication to be more effective in these settings?

Topics include the foundations of the organizational communication discipline, classical and contemporary theoretical approaches to organizational communication behavior, and more specific behavioral processes that receive attention in contemporary scholarly literature. Although the class will not focus upon developing skills (it is not a “how to” class), it will provide an analytical framework so that students may be able to more efficiently analyze and understand organizational communication issues (e.g., motivation, decision making, conflict) as well as diagnose, and resolve organizational communication problems.

Students who make satisfactory progress in this course will be able to:

  • Articulate key theories and processes that describe, explain, and predict organizational communication behavior
  • Identify and explain major communication-related issues experienced by organizational members
  • Apply theories and principles of organizational communication to effectively analyze organizational communication practices