Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 15:05:53 -0600 (MDT)
Michael Pacanowsky
University of Colorado at Boulder

COMM 4520:800 (3 CR) COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY IN ORGANIZATIONS FALL SEMESTER 1994

MONDAY 12-1:15 & TUESDAY LAB

This senior seminar in organizational communication will be focused on the application of various theoretical perspectives to real world problems of communication in organizations. The course is open to majors and non-majors. All students registering for this course should be concurrently participating in an internship project.

The course will be taught as a practicum. Regular and very active class participation will be expected. Mondays will be primarily devoted to readings and guest speakers who present helpful ways of thinking about communication problems and dilemmas in organizations. Tuesday labs will be primarily devoted to discussion of students' "reflective journals." Each student will keep a reflective journal, interleaving insights from readings with descriptions of communication events in their internships. Students will also be asked to tie material from previous courses to readings and communication events. Reflective journals will be copied and distributed among students in each lab and serve as the basis for lab discussion.

Along with readings, reflective journals, and discussion, students will have two other projects: development of a case study around some problematic communication incident at the internship, and a final project. Periodically, several of the case studies will be selected for a Monday discussion where we invite in outside "experts" who can give their perspective on the situations described, and their advice on how to handle them. The final project will be some kind of self-assessment task, based on the internship, oriented to career goals and student strengths and weaknesses, that will essentially help them articulate what it is they have learned about communication that makes them marketable as they seek jobs.

Registration is through the Communication Department main office, Hellems 94. Evidence of concurrent participation in internship is necessary. For further information about the class, contact Michael Pacanowsky, Hellems 88, at 492-7488. Enrollment in the class requires the approval of the instructor.

SPRING SEMESTER 1994

COMM 4520:800 (3 CR) EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION IN ORGANIZATIONS

TUESDAYS 3:30-6:00

This senior seminar in organizational communication will be focused on the application of various theoretical perspectives to real world problems of communication in organizations. The course is open to majors and non-majors. All students registering for this course must be concurrently participating in an internship project.

The course will be organized around helpful analytic schemes for thinking about communication problems and dilemmas in organizations, as those problems and dilemmas in organizations, as those problems or dilemmas are experienced by class members in their internships. Readings, guest lectures, and class discussions will focus on creating possible solutions to these problems.

The course will be taught as a practicum. Students will be expected to keep a "reflective" journal--which records the communication details of their internship experiences as well as reflections on those experiences. Students will also write an extended analysis, drawn from their experience, of their ideal "job." Regular and very active class participation will be expected.

The objectives of the class are:

     1.)  to help the students become better able to apply        
          organizational and communication theory in their        
          reflections on organizational situations

     2.)  to help the students become better skilled in their     
          communication within organizations.

Registration is through the Communication Department main office, Hellems 94. Evidence of concurrent participation in internship is necessary. For further information about the class, contact Michael Pacanowsky, Hellems 88, at 492-7488. Enrollment in the class requires the approval of the instructor.