COMMS103-21B (HAM)

Communication and Organising

15 Points

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Division of Management
School of Management and Marketing

Staff

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Convenor(s)

Lecturer(s)

Administrator(s)

: helena.wang@waikato.ac.nz

Placement/WIL Coordinator(s)

Tutor(s)

: kate.gore@waikato.ac.nz

Student Representative(s)

Lab Technician(s)

Librarian(s)

: clive.wilkinson@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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COMMS103 provides an introduction to the constitutive role of communication in organisational contexts. The paper will introduce students to organisational communication theories, These foundational theories and topics are important for students who wish to be communication professionals in various contexts. The paper will also provide a brief introduction to marketing, public relations and leadership communication which are key communication elements in organisational contexts. In the paper, students will also be asked to keep up to date with current organisational communication issues and critique organisational practice using the organisational communication theories covered in the paper.
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Paper Structure

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The paper will be conducted through a mixture of lectures (some online), tutorials, and guest speaker experiences. There is a two-hour lecture each week, and students should also attend one two-hour tutorial per week (tutorials start in week 2). Students will need to choose to attend either an online or a face-to-face tutorial. Lecture notes and recordings, tutorial notes, grading criteria for assignments and other documents will be available on Moodle. The convenor will remind students in class and by email/Moodle announcement when these are available.

In the second part of the trimester students will work on a team report. At the end of the trimester, in the last week of classes, teams will present their report findings (delivery will in class or online, TBA).

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Utilise communication theories to explain the role of communication in constructing various forms of organisations
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Portfolio assignment (1)
    Essay (2)
    Online quiz (3)
    Team report (4)
    Team report presentation (6)
  • Utilise communication theories to critique communication practices in various organisational contexts
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Portfolio assignment (1)
    Essay (2)
    Online quiz (3)
    Team report (4)
    Team report presentation (6)
  • Compare and contrast the communication practices and professional activities of public relations, marketing and leadership communication
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Portfolio assignment (1)
    Online quiz (3)
    Team report (4)
    Team report presentation (6)
  • Demonstrate understanding and engage in communication practices that show the power of communication in organisational contexts
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Portfolio assignment (1)
    Online quiz (3)
  • Recognise ethically (in)appropriate messages in organisational contexts
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Portfolio assignment (1)
    Essay (2)
    Online quiz (3)
    Team report (4)
    Team report presentation (6)
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Assessment

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Activities and assignments are designed to help you achieve the learning outcomes of this paper. Written assignments are to be submitted on Moodle unless otherwise notified under the assignment description. They will be passed through the antiplagiarism software “Turnitin” (see plagiarism section). To avoid plagiarism, you must not pass other people’s work off as your own without proper acknowledgement and appropriate referencing. In addition, you must not use assignments or parts of assignments assessed in other papers for credit in this paper. You cannot resubmit assignments from your past course work if you are repeating this paper. When you submit, please use a file name that gives the name of the assignment and your name. For example, Essay Joe Bloggs.docx would be a good file name. Please avoid strange characters in file names as the system may not be able to open the files and hence, we will not be able to mark your work.

Presentation of written assignments:

Unless otherwise stated, written assignments should:

1. Have a front cover sheet which indicates the name of the paper and course code, your name and ID number, your tutor’s name, the due date, and a word count.

2. Use 12 point font, Times New Roman.

3. Use one and a half spacing and left justification.

4. Leave margins of 2.54 cm so that your marker has space to write comments.

5. Number pages beginning with the first page of text.

6. Use proper paragraphing. Leave a blank line between paragraphs or indent the first line.

7 . Follow the A P A referencing system. See the library A P A referencing website to check your referencing at:

http://www.waikato.ac.nz/library/study/guides/apa.shtml

8. Be within the word limit (plus or minus 10%). Your word count does not include your title page, your references list or any appendices.

9. Demonstrate evidence of revision and proofreading.

Please see below under 'Assessment components' for a precise description of the various elements of each assignment.

Other important points to note:

Attendance and participation: This paper requires every student to actively participate in all activities. This means that you should attend lectures and tutorials. For your team project, other students in the class depend on you to fulfil your responsibilities as a team member and to be available for consultation and team meetings.

Communication and peer evaluation: Good communication and collaboration is essential in this course. In order to make sure every member contributes equally to the team's effort, you will be asked to assess your own contribution as well as that of your team members (see peer evaluation). This evaluation will have an impact on your report mark so it is in your interest to work as a team from the start and contribute and share the workload equally.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Portfolio assignment
15 Oct 2021
5:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Essay
23 Aug 2021
5:00 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Online quiz
1 Oct 2021
11:30 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Team report
8 Oct 2021
5:00 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Peer evaluation
8 Oct 2021
12:00 AM
0
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Team report presentation
15 Oct 2021
5:00 PM
15
  • Presentation: In Class
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Selected readings will be available from the COMMS103 readings list.

Links to these readings will also be created on Moodle.

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Online Support

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Lecture notes and resources such as extra readings or videos will be accessible from the paper Moodle page. More details will be given in class.

Some lectures will be recorded and made available on Moodle. The convenor will remind you in class and by email/moodle announcement when these are available
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Workload

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You are expected to attend one two-hour lecture and one two-hour tutorial every week (online or offline).

Please note: tutorials start in week 2 for this paper.

In addition you are asked to read one or two readings every week to complement or reinforce what has been covered in class. You are also expected to spend about 2 hours a week outside class times to work towards your individual and team assignments (this will vary depending on what needs to be achieved every week).

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