PUBRL205-21B (HAM)

Internal Communication and Organisational Change

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

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: clive.wilkinson@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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PUBRL205 helps develop in students the ability to gain deep insight into the centrality of communication in organisational settings. This paper will introduce to students organisational communication theories, in addition to providing them the opportunity to assess and analyse power and control in organisations, teams and group decision making, communicating identity, rationality and emotionality in organisational communication amongst other topics central to understanding internal communication. The paper also introduces interpretive and critical approaches to communication and highlights its role in facilitating organisational change
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Paper Structure

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This paper will be conducted through a mixture of mini online lectures and workshops. The mini lectures and associated class activities will be available for students to view and complete prior to the workshop sessions. Depending on student interest, the workshops may be delivered online or in person. All relevant material for this module including lecture slides, recordings, assignment guidelines and other documents will be available on Moodle. The convenor/lecturer will communicate regarding these documents through Moodle announcement, as and when required.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • 1. Identify and explain the key concerns of contemporary organisational communication inquiry
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  • 2. Draw on theory and practice to formulate and justify communication responses to contemporary organisational challenges
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  • 3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively to different audiences using a range of genres
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  • 4. Demonstrate social and ethical understanding of communicating with internal and external stakeholders; and
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  • 5. Articulate reasoned positions on specific aspects of organisational communication.
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Assessment

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General assignment guidelines

The workshops and assignments are designed to help you achieve the learning outcomes for this course. Written assignments are to be submitted through Moodle unless otherwise notified under the assignment description. They will be put through Turnitin, an antiplagirism software. Refer to the plagiarism section of this document for more information. In order to avoid plagiarism, please ensure that the work you submit is your own and that all other material is adequately and appropriately referenced. Additionally, you must not submit assignments or part of assignments submitted to other papers, for credit towards this paper. When submitting your assessment, please ensure that your file name contains the name of the assignment and your own name. For example, Report Tania Nair.docx would be a good file name. Please avoid apostrophes and ampersands (&) as the system cannot open the files and hence would not be able to mark your work.

Presentation of written assignments

Unless otherwise stated, written assignments should:

  1. Have a front cover sheet that indicates the name of the paper and course code, your full name, 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
  5. Number pages beginning with the first page of the text
  6. Use proper paragraphing. Leave a blank between paragraphs or indent the first line
  7. Follow the APA referencing system. See the library APA referencing website to check your referencing at https://www.waikato.ac.nz/library/guidance/referencing/apa
  8. Be within your word limit (plus or minus 10%). Your word count does not include your title page, your reference list or any appendices.
  9. Demonstrate evidence of revision and proofreading.

Attendance and participation: The paper requires every student to actively participate in all activities. This means that you should review your online mini lectures and attend your weekly workshops. For group assessments, 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.

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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. Weekly Workshop Exercise - Weeks 3,4,5,9,10 and 11
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Essay
20 Aug 2021
5:00 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Case Analysis - Weeks 11, 12, 13 and 14
25
  • Presentation: In Class
4. Group Research Report
22 Oct 2021
5:00 PM
25
  • 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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Cheney, G., Christensen, L. T., Zorn, T.E., & Ganesh, S. (2011). Organisational Communication in an Age of Globalisation. (2nd ed.) Longgrove, IL: Waveland Press

Littlejohn, S., Foss, K.A, & Oetzel, J.G (2017). Theories of Human Communication. (11th ed.) Longgrove, IL: Waveland Press

Littlejohn, S., Foss, K.A, & Oetzel, J.G (2021). Theories of Human Communication. (12th ed.) Longgrove, IL: Waveland Press

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Other Resources

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Other resources will be made available on Moodle, weekly.

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Online Support

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Weekly slides, mini lectures and other resources such as extra readings or videos will be accessible from the Moodle page. More details to be provided in class.

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Workload

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You are expected to attend one two-hour workshop weekly. You are also expected to review the online lectures and associated activities before attending the weekly workshop.

In addition, you are expected to read your recommended readings and additional readings that will be provided to you on Moodle. Time also needs to be allotted, outside class hours, for working towards individual and group assignments.

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