Organisational Communication - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (30%) , Online Discussion (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,324.00
HECS 1,324.00
International 1,574.00

This unit is designed to give students a substantive understanding of major theories, concepts and principles and current issues of organisational communication with a focus on practical application in the workplace environment. Students will develop an understanding of how an organisation’s culture – its ethos, mission, personnel, stakeholders and product – shape its organisational practice.

The unit emphasises organisational culture and networks, the politics of power, identity and diversity issues, negotiation strategies, ethical and legal issues for communication professionals. It will examine emergent and established communication campaign strategies relevant to the complex business and political environment.

At the completion of this unit students should:   

  1. have developed a sophisticated understanding of effective management and communication strategies;
  2. understand the cultural dynamics and ethos of different organisations;
  3. have developed an understanding of the politics of power;
  4. understand the importance of cultural diversity in small and corporate business communication;
  5. have developed a respect for ethical and just communication and management practice;
  6. have developed an understanding of the role technology plays in organisational communication.
  7. have developed an understanding of the changing global business landscape.
  • Essay (30%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)
  • Report (50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • COM13 — Organisational Behaviour and Communication

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Access to scholarly databases. Proficiency in reading and writing English.

  • Additional materials

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Approaches to organisational communication (Classical approaches; Systems and cultural approaches)
2Communication strategies (Human relations and human resource approaches; Applying theory to employing staff)
3Decisions, conflict and emotion (Decision making processes; Conflict; Emotion within organisations)
4Diversity management; technology, globalisation and communication (Communication, technology; Globalisation, org. communication; global work envron.)

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Glossary
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Organizational Communication:Approaches and

    By:Katherine Miller

    ISBN: 9781285164205


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