Syllabus for COM-610-OL

PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION THEORY


COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course provides an overview of major communication theories with an emphasis on communication styles and approaches operative in today's workplace environment. Strategic planning, analysis, and critical thinking in light of contemporary trends and issues will be studied. The focus will be the application and evaluation of theories through case analysis and discussion. Students will have the opportunity to engage in self-assessment of communication competence and learn strategies for enhancing their abilities. Problems in the context of professional communication will be identified and theory-based solutions generated.  

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you will be able to:

 

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to complete your coursework. Some course materials may be free, open source, or available from other providers. You can access free or open-source materials by clicking the links provided below or in the module details documents. To purchase course materials, please visit the University's textbook supplier.

Required Textbook

ISBN-13: 978-1452276540

COURSE STRUCTURE

Professional Communication Theory is a three-credit online course, consisting of six modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, discussion forums, and written assignments. Module titles are listed below.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in six graded discussion forums, and to complete six  written assignments. You are also required to complete a final project.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Promoting Originality

One or more of your course activities may utilize a tool designed to promote original work and evaluate your submissions for plagiarism. More information about this tool is available in this document.

Discussion Forums

This course requires you to participate in six graded discussion forums. There are also one ungraded but required introduction forum in Module 1.

Online Discussion Grading Rubric.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete six written assignments. Most written assignments focus on case analyses that are related to the topics covered in the modules.  

Written Assignment Rubric.

Final Project

You are required to complete a final project based on your research analysis on a communication problem in a contemporary work environment. The final project will be completed in three stages. The first stage is to identify potential topics with research questions. The second stage is to provide research updates with references. The third stage is to complete the final research paper.

See the Final Project area of the course web site for further details.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

B

=

83–87

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–82

B+

=

88–89

F

=

Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC POLICIES

To ensure success in all your academic endeavors and coursework at Thomas Edison State University, familiarize yourself with all administrative and academic policies including those related to academic integrity, course late submissions, course extensions, and grading policies.

For more, see:

Copyright © 2018 by Thomas Edison State University. All rights reserved.