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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - COM6125

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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
    2023 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 6125 Communicating Leadership

    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)
    Communicating Leadership
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    Graduate Standing



    Course Description

    Effective leadership today focuses less on control and more on the strategic use of communication to build relationships and guide behavior. This course examines the various ways leaders can communicate more effectively in contemporary organizations.

  3. Justification

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

    Leadership in the public and private sector has increasingly become a matter of effective communication. Vision statements, organizational culture, insider trading, and strategic change -- to name just a few typical organizational concerns -- all have co

    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?

    This course would be an elective open to graduate students in a range of academic programs, including Public Administration, Sociology, Education, and Management.

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

    Yes, twice.

    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

    As a consequence of successfully completing this course, you will have a deeper understanding of and enhanced practical facility with the following ten communicative activities:

    1. Goal-setting and motivation

    2. Strategic advocacy and influence

    3. Navigating organizational politics

    4. Building effective interpersonal relations

    5. Promoting ethical communication

    6. Shaping organizational culture

    7. Utilizing varying types of power

    8. Fostering organizational alignment and vision

    9. Employing communication technology

    10. Leading organizational change

    B. Learning Outcomes

    see objectives

    C. Major Topics

    1. A communicative perspective on leadership

    2. Leadership, language, and perception

    3. Shaping organizational culture through communication

    4. Empowerment through employee dialogue

    5. Communicating organizational strategy and vision

    D. Textbooks

    P. Witherspoon (1997). Communicating leadership: An organizational perspective. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

    W. Bennis, G. Spreitzer, & T. Cummings (2001). The future of leadership. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

    E. Eisenberg & H.L. Goodall, Jr. (2004). Organizational communication, 4th edition. NY: St. Martinís Press.

    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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