Strategic Organizational Communication – STCO 622

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

Analysis of theories and practices that assist individuals in success in organizations. Students develop the ability to add value to employing organizations and enhance individual careers.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course examines the theories and practices of contemporary organizational communication. This course will allow the student to understand how and why organizations operate as they do. Upon completion of the course, the student will have a better understanding of managing people, motivating employees, managing organizational stress, developing teams or groups in organizations, making decisions in organizations, leading employees, and designing organizational jobs. The course will prepare the student for developing effective organizational communication skills that will lead to success in his/her career and organizational work.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Course Overview.

Discussion: Class Introductions

The student will introduce himself or herself to the class by answering some questions in a thread of at least 250 words.

Discussions (4)

Students will craft a prompt using the topics covered in the Learn sections. The prompt must address a topic from the reading and ask an application question to which their peers can create a reply. Students will then read all the prompts created by their peers and reply to two peers. 

Literature Review Assignment

The student will write a 5–7-page paper on an organizational communication topic or issue of interest to him/her, and which will then serve as the topic for his or her Research Paper. The Literature Review will include a bibliography that cites at least 15 resources, formatted according to current APA style.

Research Paper Assignment

The student will write a Research Paper concerning a specific aspect of organizational communication. The Literature Review completed in Module 3: Week 3, in shortened form, will serve as the foundation of the Research Paper. The student will use the topic he or she chose for the Literature Review to write the Research Paper. The Research Paper will be 8-10 full pages, accompanied by a list of references (works cited) in current APA format.

Research Paper Presentation Assignment

Students will create a 6–8-minute video using a digital video recorder, upload the video to Kaltura, and then embed the video in Canvas. This same video will be submitted to the Discussion: Research Paper Presentation so that all classmates can view the presentation.

Discussion: Research Paper Presentation

Students will embed the Research Paper Presentation video as the thread in this Discussion. In addition, he or she will post a reply of at least 150 words to at least 1 classmate’s presentation. The reply must include 1 positive comment and 1 constructive criticism comment.

Quizzes (2)

The student will have a Quiz: Midterm and a Quiz: Quiz: Final Comprehensive Examination. These quizzes will be open-book/open-notes, and will each contain 100 multiple-choice and/or true-false questions that cover material from the textbook readings. The student will have 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete each quiz.