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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - COM6107

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2004-03-18
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2019 2003-10-27
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Communication AS 1217000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Gil Rodman 9743025

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    COM 6107 Communication Training in Organizations

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Comm Training in Organizations
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    Graduate Standing



    Course Description

    Provides holistic understanding of how communication training is developed and conducted in organizations. Students learn to assess communication training needs, design/deliver effective communication training programs, and evaluate their effectiveness.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    This course is desirable for graduate students in communication who wish to acquire training skills that can be used both in the business world and in academe. Our graduate curriculum does not offer many truly applied courses, and this course would help f

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    The need stems from two factors: 1) Our M.A. program that exists now, is primarily a mini-doctoral program, where students learn a great deal about academic issues and theories, but not enough about how one might use a graduate degree in communication in business and industry. 2) Both doctoral and M.A. students will need to gain employment once they graduate and this course simply given students another skill (training and development) that they can leverage to be competitive in the marketplace.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    This course has been offered six times, always to rave reviews and comments by students that they wished more applied courses like this would be taught in the department.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Ph.D. in Communication or closely related field.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    This graduate course is designed to give graduate students a holistic understanding of how communication training is developed and conducted in organizations. Six major topic areas will be covered: 1) Determining who is the training customer and training sponsor in an organization; 2) Assessing the organization’s communication training needs; 3) Determining what communication skills are needed and designing appropriate communication training programs; 4) Delivering effective communication training programs; 5) Evaluating the effectiveness of communication training programs; 6) Experience in accomplishing areas 1-5 above in a real organization.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students should be able to go into an organization with the skills and confidence necessary to design and conduct effective communication training programs. They will also have a comprehensive resource base from which to draw in order to accomplish communication training in organizations at a high level of quality.

    C. Major Topics

    The Critical Roles of the Training Sponsor and Customer, The Training Needs Assessment, Writing a Training Proposal, Choosing Communication Content for Training—Past, Present & Future, The Use of Games & Simulations in Training, Selecting and Orienting Participants—The Importance of Logistics, Designing A Communication Training Session, Evaluating Your Training Effort—Post Mortem and Beyond.

    D. Textbooks

    Todd Lapidus, (2000). High Impact Training. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

    Pettegrew’s Readings on Corporate Training (a collection of readings)

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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