ERIC Number: ED246505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Organizational Communication Theory and Practice Courses in the Undergraduate Curriculum.
James, Anita; Smilowitz, Michael
The philosophy, objectives, and assignments and projects of Ohio University's introductory course in organizational communication and its practicum in organizational communication are described in this paper. After presenting a brief overview of the undergraduate curriculum at the university and its relation to organizational communications, the paper discusses the philosophy and four representative objectives of the introductory course: (1) to establish a firm understanding of theories useful for explaining communication processes in the organizational context; (2) to specify the communication activities of organizations and provide an understanding of the expectations organizations may have for these activities; (3) to develop the capacity to apply theoretical explanations to organizational settings; and (4) to encourage students to criticize theories for their inadequacies, then develop their own alternative explanations. The remainder of the paper explains the philosophy and objectives of the senior practicum, which includes familiarizing students with organizational processes in a real organization, enabling students to assume organizational roles that mirror actual experience, providing students with the means to demonstrate the extent to which they understand organizational concepts, helping them progress in the application of the skills and knowledge learned in other courses, and providing the capstone experience in the organizational communication major's career. (CRH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (34th, San Francisco, CA, May 24-28, 1984).