MGT 5106 - Organizational Communications,  Summer 2024, Sect. IU

Dr. John Barranti:  Email:  barranti@fit.edu;  Office Phone:  321-674-8806.

Virtual Office Hours:  Primary communication via email.    Please arrange a virtual appointment if Office Phone/Zoom session is desired.

Class Meetings:   No physical class meetings.   All assignments are conducted through the Canvas course site.  Check the "Assignments" tab frequently for scheduling/due dates for all graded course work.     Check the "Announcements" tab frequently to stay informed about any changes to the syllabus and/or important information regarding the course.

Course Textbook Required:    "Organizational Communication--Approaches and Processes", 7th Ed., Cengage Publishing,  (2015), Author:  Katherine Miller.  ISBN:    978-1-285-16420-5;  Student Edition ISBN:  13-978-0-357-67079-8.    

Course Description:   Provides a basic understanding of organization communications (theory).   Uses case studies and experiential exercises to improve communication skills.   

Student Learning Objectives:   At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

1)  Compare and contrast key elements of classical theories identified in the assigned textbook.

2)   Identify communications problems within a specified organizational setting.

3)   Analyze case studies to recommend alternatives to solve identified organizational communication issues. 

Class Philosophy and Expectations:    The instructor and students are partners in the learning journey.   The instruct is the guide, charting the path through the learning exercises and assignments.    Students are engaged in the learning process by completing assigned readings and graded assignments on the subject or organizational communications.   

Students are expected to:   Individually complete all graded assignments in the course by the established due dates (Calendar of Events).   Engage in all the required learning assignments in the (Canvas) course. 

Grading Standards:    Points will be assigned for each graded assignment to calculate the final overall letter grade in the course (See Grading Scale for Points = Letter Grades):

1,  Chapter Review Questions:   Following the weekly reading of each chapter in the assigned textbook, students will answer the questions at the conclusion of each chapter (14 each) in a concise and direct manner.   Chapter review questions are to be submitted through the Canvas Assignments tab on/before the due date specified.    Ten points available for each chapter review (14 chapters) for total 140 points available.

2.   Case Study Analysis:    Following the reading of each chapter case study (13 total), students will concisely and directly answer the questions posed in the assigned textbook.    Weekly submissions of case study analyses are due on/before the due date specified.   Twenty points available for each case analysis for total 260 points available.

3.   Mid-Term Essay Paper:   Students will compare and contrast the Human Relations and the Human Resources approaches to organizational communications as portrayed in the assigned textbook.    Essay papers require a Cover Sheet to include your name/student number,  Course Number (MGT 5106),  Title of Your Paper, and Date of Submission to be uploaded to the Canvas Assignments tab.   In the Intro Section of your essay paper state your purpose and confirm that the assigned textbook was the primary/sole source for the writing of your paper.   If additional outside (the textbook) sources are included in your paper you must properly identify and cite the sources of your paper.   In the body/narrative of the paper, succinctly and pointedly compare and contrast the Human Relations approach to the Human Resources approach.   In the conclusion section of your paper, state whether one or the other approach appears to you to better explain organizational communications.    Total points available:  50.     Submit on/before the specified due date for this assignment.         

4.   Final Exam Essay Paper.    Students will summarize how the contemporary U.S. organization/business is impacted by diversity/inclusion and technological (social media) processes as portrayed in the assigned textbook.   Essay papers require a cover sheet to include your name/student number, Course Number (MGT 5106), Title of Your Paper, and Date of Submission to be uploaded to the Canvas Assignments tab.    In the Intro Section of your essay paper state your purpose and confirm that the assigned textbook was the primary/sole source for the writing of your paper.   If additional outside (the textbook) sources are included in your paper you must properly identify and cite the sources of your paper.   In the body/narrative of the paper, succinctly and pointedly summarize how diversity/inclusion processes and technological (social media) processes are impacting upon the contemporary U.S. organization.   In the conclusion section of your paper, state how managerial communications can facilitate the incorporation of diversity/inclusion and technological (social media) processes into the overall strategic goals of the contemporary U.S. organization.    Total points available:  50.     Submit on/before the specified due date for this assignment.

Learning and Engagement:   Students are expected to complete all graded assignments and submit through the Canvas assignments tab on/before the due date specified.     Graded assignments that are not completed will receive no (zero) points towards the final grade.   Graded assignments that are completed late (after the specified due date) may also incur a late submission points penalty of up to 10% reduction in points available.   

Total Points Distribution from all graded assignments:   500

Grading Scale for the final course grade:

A =  450 - 500

B =  400 - 449

C =  350 - 399

D =  300 - 349

F =  299 - below points.   

Class Assignments Schedule:

Week One/Day One:  Monday, 5/13/23.   Optional Zoom Meeting Call, 5:00 - 5:30 P.M., E.S.T.   Q&A on learning expectations and graded assignments evaluation.    This is an Optional Zoom meeting.    Alternatively, view the (Panopto) Video:  "Welcome and Learning Expectations for MGT 5106 -  Org Communications" by course facilitator:  Dr. John Barranti.     No additional Zoom meetings are scheduled or expected for this course.    Preferred  instructor communication method is email with individual phone/Zoom call by appointment only. 

Week One:   5/13 to 5/17.    Overview/Expectations Setting, and Textbook Usage. Chapter 1 (Challenge of Org Communications).   Responses to Chapter 1 Discussion Questions due Upload to Canvas (Assignments Tab) on/before Sunday, 5/19.   

Week Two:   5/20 to 5/24.    Chapter 2 (Classical Approaches).    Responses to Chapter 2 Discussion Questions and Case Study Analysis (Creamy Creations) due upload to Canvas (Assignments Tab) on/before Sunday, 5/26.

Week Three:   5/27 to 5/31. .     Chapter 3 (Human Relations & Human Resources Approaches).    Responses to Chapter 3 Discussion Questions and Case Study Analysis (Teamwork at Marshall's Processing Plant) due upload to Canvas (Assignments Tab) on/before Sunday, 6/2;  AND  Chapter 4 (Systems and Cultural Approaches).   Responses to Chapter 4 Discussion Questions and Case Study Analysis (The Cultural Tale of Two Shuttles) are due upload to Canvas (Assignments Tab) on/before Monday, 6/3.    

Week Four:   6/1 to 6/5.   Chapter 5 (Constitutive Approaches).   Responses to Chapter 5 Discussion Questions and Case Study Analysis (A Drop in the Bucket)  are due upload to Canvas (Assignments Tab) on/before Sunday, 6/9; AND Chapter 6 (Critical and Feminist Approaches).   Responses to Chapter 6 Discussion Questions and Case Study Analysis (Talking Turkey) are due upload to Canvas (Assignments Tab on/before Monday, 6/10.

Week Five:   6/10 to 6/14/22.   Chapter 7 (Socialization Processes).   Responses to Chapter 7 Discussion Questions and Case Study Analysis (The Church Search) are due upload to Canvas (Assignments Tab) on/before Sunday, 6/16/22, AND Chapter 8 (Decision-Making Process).   Chapter 8 Discussion Questions and Case Analysis (Too Many Majors) are due upload to Canvas (Assignments Tab) on/before Monday,  6/17/22.   *****-Mid-Term Essay Paper (Compare and Contrast the Human Relations and Human Resources Management Approaches) due upload to Canvas (Assignments Tab) on/before Monday, 6/17/22.*********

Week Six:   6/17 to 6/21.    Chapter 9 (Conflict Management Processes).   Responses to Chapter 9 Discussion Questions and Case Study Analysis (The Problem with Teamwork) are due upload to Canvas (Assignments Tab) on/before Sunday, 6/23.

Week Seven:   6/24 to 6/28.   Chapter 10 (Organizational Change and Leadership Processes).   Responses to Chapter 10 Discussion Questions and Case Study Analysis (Leading Nurses through the Hospital Change) are due upload to Canvas (Assignments Tab) on/before Sunday, 6/30.

Week Eight:  7/1 to 7/5.   Chapter 11 (Processes of Emotion in the Workplace).   Responses to Chapter 11 Discussion Questions and Case Study Analysis (Inexplicable Events) are due upload Canvas (Assignments Tab) on/before Sunday, 7/7.

Week Nine:   7/8 to 7/12.   Chapter 12 (Organizational Diversity Processes).   Responses to Chapter 12 Discussion Questions and Case Study Analysis (The Complex Challenges of Encouraging Diversity) are due upload to Canvas (Assignments Tab) on/before Sunday, 7/14.   

Week Ten:   7/15 to 7/19.   Chapter 13 (Technological Processes).   Responses to Chapter 13 Discussion Questions and Case Study Analysis (High Tech Gardening) are due upload to Canvas (Assignments Tab) on/before Sunday, 7/21.

Week Eleven: 7/22 to 7/26.   Chapter 14 (The Changing landscape of Organizations).    Responses to Chapter 14 Discussion Questions and Case Study Analysis (Charting the Changing Nature of Work) are due upload to Canvas (Assignments Tab) on/before Sunday, 7/28; AND *************Final Exam Essay Paper:  (Organizational Diversity and Technology Impacts Upon Organizations) due upload to Canvas (Assignments Tab) on/before Sunday, 7/28.

University Policies:

Academic Honesty:   Academic honesty is highly valued at Florida Tech.   Students must always submit work that represents their original words or ideas.   Students must cite all relevant sources and provide a clear definition of the extent to which such sources were used in written assignments.   Words or ideas that require citation include, but are not limited to all hard copy or electronic publications, whether copyrighted or not, and all verbal or visual communication when the content of such communication clearly originates from an identifiable source.   

Academic Dishonesty:   (Could involve any of the following):

Having a tutor or friend complete a portion of the student's assignment.     

Having a reviewer make extensive revisions to an assignment.

Copying work submitted by another student to an assignment.  

Using information from an identifiable publication without proper citation.

Any of the above practices could result in charges of academic dishonesty.   For the complete Florida Tech policy on academic dishonesty, cheating, and plagiarism see the Florida Tech Student Handbook:  (https://policy.fit.edu/student-handbook/styandards-and-policies/academic-honesty/

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Class cancellations due to natural and/or unnatural disasters will require make-up classes to be scheduled.    

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