LCOMM502-21B (NET)

Managing Virtual Team Communication

15 Points

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Division of Management
School of Management and Marketing

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: helena.wang@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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Organisations are increasingly dependent on digital communication technologies to succeed in their local, as well as global, communities. One critical component of such success is the management of virtual work groups and teams across division, regional, and national borders. In this paper, students will explore effective virtual team communication, research, and practice issues for fostering cooperation and collaboration, and managing virtual team projects in organisational contexts.
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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught online via Moodle.Your job is to access resources independently to be able to effectively take part in and benefit from topic conversations that take place via Zoom, as well as the learning activities.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • 1. Develop, plan and carry out a group research project focused on virtual team communication.
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  • 2. Critically evaluate literature focused on communication theory, research and practice related to virtual teams.
    Fortnightly communication with teaching staff, individual diary, and survey.
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  • 2. Analyse and report on dimensions of virtual team performance using communication theories and research.
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  • 4. Evaluate and reflect on working in a virtual team
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Assessment

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Internal Assessment/Final Examination 1:0

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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. Individual Mini Proposal (Week 2)
23 Jul 2021
11:30 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Individual Literature Review (Week 5)
13 Aug 2021
11:30 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Individual Data Collection and Analysis Assignment (Week 9)
10 Sep 2021
11:30 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Group Project: Report (Week 14)
15 Oct 2021
11:30 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Individual reflection (Week 15)
22 Oct 2021
11:30 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
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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The reading list for this course can be accessed through the University of Waikato Library homepage by using the Reading Lists tab, which is also accessible through this link: https://waikato.rl.talis.com/lists/EC54896C-3BEC-DF59-CAE8-35EDAF19A9EA.html

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Other Resources

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Students will need to source other academic resources to contribute to the learning of their team and for use in assignments.
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Online Support

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All resources are available via Moodle and Waikato Reading Lists.
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Workload

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1 :As a 15point paper MCOM502 requires 150 learning hours across the trimester. These 150 hours include reading the online resources, preparing for Zoom Conversations and working on assignments. In short, allow between 10 to 13 hours each week across the trimester (12 weeks of classes; 2 weeks of teaching recess; 1 study week).
2 :For students who are new to online learning, extra time may be needed. Generally, your class time will be spent:
  • Reading through the online journal articles, other resources, and contributions to the online discussion
  • Researching related information and literature in the course readings and from other sources
  • Preparing your reading journal and your responses to others' journals each week, as well as case study questions and activities; thinking, reflecting, questioning, summarising, sharing
  • Experiencing online communication as virtual team members
  • Maintaining contact with teaching staff and other participants
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Linkages to Other Papers

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MCOM502 links with MSYS559 E-Business Technologies as well as other 15pt 500 level papers.

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Restricted papers: MCOM502

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