This unit of study focuses on prominent theories and concepts of organisational communication as they apply to key issues in the field of contemporary communication and public relations. Students develop the knowledge and skills to interrogate, discuss and interpret communication events and issues in organisational and group settings. Reflecting on relevant contemporary case studies, students apply communication theories and research  to understand and discuss practices and processes during organisational and workplace change. Topics include: principles of interpersonal and group communication; the relationship between communication and structure; communicating identity and power; changing communication practices in society and organisations; contemporary issues around communication technology, organisational culture and ethics. The unit provides students with the opportunity to develop a case study based on a recent organisational communication issue, which applies theoretical perspectives, recent research and high level communication analysis.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Contextualise organisational communication practices in relation to interpersonal, structural and technological issues;  
  2. Discuss and apply significant communication theories and research in relation to common issues arising in contemporary organisational communication;  
  3. Devise a case study which synthesises a critical understanding of theory and practice in a contemporary organisation; and  
  4. Present complex material which articulates the application of theory to organisational communication practice.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Students present for 20 minutes reflecting on a contemporary communication issue in relation to the weekly readings 1000 words 20%
Literature Review Students review at least one theory and 5 academic research articles or chapters which explore one key organisational communication problem 1500 words 30%
Case Study Students explore a key theme from the unit in relation to a major contemporary case of organisational communication 2500 words 50%
Minimum effective word limit 5000 words

Required reading

Organizational communication approaches and processes, 6th edn,
Miller, K 2012,
Boston, Wadsworth Cengage Learning

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