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Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2006

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Organizational Communication, Learning, and Design Courses

225-10100 How Organizations Communicate and Learn   SS  LA

    An introduction to organizational, communication, and learning theories as they relate to communication in a variety of organizational contexts. Students analyze case studies to investigate how communication and learning contribute to organizational effectiveness within a changing environment. Provides an overview of organizational communication and learning practices, including internal and external communication; principles of persuasion, motivation, and instruction; strategic planning; professional practices; and current issues that challenge organizations. Students also explore career choices through research and guest lectures. 3 credits. (F-S)

225-10800 Human Communication in Organizations   SS  LA

    An introductory examination of human communication in organizations, with an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to approach organizational communication situations. Includes the use of mediated communication for skill development and evaluation. 3 credits. (F-S)

225-12300 Systems Thinking and Design: Undisciplined, Out of Control   SS LA

    An introduction to the perspectives and approaches of systems science and design, particularly emphasizing the usefulness of their combination in planned change in organizations. Sample topics include: thinking across and beyond disciplines; systems types and views; complexity; rational and creative (out-of-control) processes; and the consequences of innovation. Most assignments and projects are set in the context of organizational communication and learning, but their relevance and value extend well beyond. 3 credits. (Y)

225-15000 Professional Applications of Technology   NLA

    Introduction to professional tasks, and the preparation of a broad range of communications and learning materials using technology tools. Hands-on practice designing organizational communications, presentations, training materials, and project management reports. Emphasis given to planning, problem solving, decision making, professional responsibilities, and ethics. Review of computer software tools and concepts. Introduction to roles and tasks of communications/learning professionals. 3 credits (F-S)

225-20000 The Digital Workplace   LA

    An overview of contemporary media technologies with an emphasis placed on applying theories of management, communication, and learning to select appropriate media and strategies. Students use and critique technologies such as websites, telephone and video conferencing, personal digital assistants, electronic presentation support, groupware, and interactive multimedia systems as they are applied to communication, collaboration, and education in contemporary workplaces and schools. Not open to organizational communication, learning, and design majors. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor. 3 credits. (Y)

225-21000 Instructional Design   NLA

    A study of basic theories, principles, and models of design, learning, and instruction that provide a foundation for the design of learning systems. Emphasis is placed on evaluation and criticism of design products, examination of design processes, and creation of new design products. Prerequisites: 225-10100, 225-12300, or 225-22200. 3 credits. (Y)

225-21100 Corporate Communication: Strategy and Design   NLA

     This course is intended to give students a strong foundation in the strategy and design of corporate communication programs for internal and external communication. Students will use theories, principles, and practices of corporate communication to assess contemporary strategies and communication efforts and will gain experience in strategic design for both internal communication (e.g., employee communication, change communication, knowledge management) and external communication (e.g., communication with investors and the community, interorganizational communication, crisis communication, customer and government relations). Prerequisites: 225-10100 or 3 credits in communication. 3 credits. (Y)

225-22200 Presentation Media Design and Production   NLA

    Introduction to the design and production of audio-visual media, including computer-generated graphics, overhead transparencies, posters, and websites. Emphasis on systematic design and production; critical application of visual literacy and graphic design principles to instructional, informational, and motivational messages; and creative use of these media in organizational settings. Practical experience in graphic design layout, pictorial composition, computer image manipulation, website design and development, storyboarding, budgeting, and presentation planning and delivery, emphasizing hands-on use of computer systems. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. 3 credits (F-S)

225-23400 Introduction to Promotional and Instructional Video   NLA

    Introduction to the theory and practice of video design and production in corporate and other organizational settings. Emphasis is placed on the nature of corporate, industrial, instructional, and not-for-profit video; program formats; and beginning field production and postproduction. Prerequisites: 225-15000. 3 credits. (F)

225-24000 Organizational Writing and Publishing   NLA

    Through theory and practice, this course examines the roles of and techniques for creating printed materials such as public relations materials, proposals, manuals, newsletters, and annual reports. Students use desktop publishing systems for writing and layout assignments and examine the effects of design and dissemination decisions on internal and external audiences. Prerequisites: 377-10600 or 377-11100. 3 credits. (Y)

225-25100 Organizational Communication, Culture, and Conflict   SS LA

    Examination of the role communication practice plays as both the foundation of organizational culture and the means by which organiza-tional conflict is expressed and negotiated. Focus is on the role of communication in framing and sustaining organizational culture, as well as how modes of communicating and mediating conflict are manifesta-tions of an organization's culture. Review of the value-based, symbolic, and ritualistic foundations of conflict as it occurs between members of organizations, as well as between organizations and the public. Includes the use of appropriate case studies to amplify communication issues. Prerequisites: 225-10800 or sophomore standing. 3 credits. (Y)

225-29200 Minicourses in Communications   NLA

    A series of short courses in specialized areas of communications that do not meet the College guidelines for liberal arts designation. Visiting lecturers and faculty of the school participate in areas of their expertise. May be repeated. These courses do not count toward required organizational communication, learning, and design electives. Prerequisites: Vary depending on the topic; refer to Undergraduate Course Offerings each semester. Pass/fail. 1 credit. (IRR)

225-29300 Minicourses in Communications   LA

    A series of short courses in specialized areas of communications that meet the College guidelines for liberal arts designation. Visiting lecturers and faculty of the school participate in areas of their expertise. May be repeated. These courses do not count toward required organizational communication, learning, and design electives. Prerequisites: Vary depending on the topic; refer to Undergraduate Course Offerings each semester. Pass/fail. 1 credit. (IRR)

225-31000 Organizational Speech Writing and Interviewing   HU  LA

    The role of the organizational communication specialist includes many functions, two of which are addressed in this course. The organizational interviewing function focuses on dyadic and group situations where information is gathered, evaluated, and sometimes shared, such as selection, appraisal, and focus group interviews. The organizational speech-writing function focuses also on the production and dissemination of information and includes audience analysis and manuscript writing. Students prepare and conduct interviews, write speeches, and critique both the execution and underlying dynamics of each. Prerequisites: 225-10800, 319-11000, or 319-11500; two courses in communications, speech communication, or culture and communication. 3 credits. (Y)

225-32000 Leadership Communication   SS LA

     Examines the theories and practices of participatory leadership in organizational settings. Specific attention is given to communication skills, media applications, and problem-solving and decision-making formats. Prerequisites: Three courses in communications; junior standing. 3 credits. (Y)

225-33400 Promotional and Instructional Video Practicum   NLA

    The application of video communication within organizations, providing students an opportunity to design, produce, and evaluate a video program for a client. Students analyze case studies, meet with professional video communicators, maintain client relationships, and conduct needs analysis and program evaluation. Prerequisites: 225-23400 or 221-21500. 3 credits. (IRR)

225-34000 Research and Evaluation in Organizational Communication, Learning, and Design   SS LA

    An examination of quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methods in applied communications settings. Emphasis is placed on theoretical bases, procedures, and ethical considerations. Skills are developed in application of techniques as well as in interpretation and criticism of studies. Enrollment limited to organizational communication, learning, and design majors or minors. Prerequisites: Junior standing. 3 credits. (F)

225-34500 Performance Technology   LA

    A broad view of how factors such as learning, motivation, perception, environment, group interaction, communication, and management come together to influence individual and organizational performance. Includes the study of methods for understanding these factors and for making positive change in the performance of individuals and organizations. Topics include needs assessment, performance analysis, task analysis, system modeling, goal setting, and design. Emphasis is placed on non-training interventions. Involves a team-based project for a local nonprofit organization. Prerequisites: 225-10100; 225-12300; 225-21000 or 225-21100; junior standing. 3 credits. (Y)

225-35000 Interactive Multimedia   NLA

    An examination of the theoretical bases and applications of interactive media such as digital video, CD-ROM, and online systems, providing hands-on experience in designing, shooting, and programming interactive projects. Students are exposed to a variety of hardware and software systems and products, focusing on instructional and informational applications of these new technologies and their acceptance in the marketplace. Prerequisites: 312-11000, 312-13800, 312-15700, or 225-15000; junior standing. 3 credits. (Y)

225-36000 Communication in Culturally Diverse Organizations   SS LA

    Explores the relationships between organizational communication, organizational culture, and multicultural organizations and such variables as race, gender, age, disability, ethnicity, and religion. Includes theoretical analysis as well as an examination of organizational practices in adapting to diversity. Special attention is given to communication strategies in culturally diverse organizations. Prerequisites: Three courses in communications; junior standing. 3 credits. (Y)

225-36500 Communication in International Organizations   SS LA

    This course explores the relationship between organizational communication and culture in the context of international organizations. In particular, it focuses on communication process and structure, emphasizing the creation and interpretation of messages aimed at persuasion and influence, as well as learning, training, and performance. Prerequisites: Three courses in communications; junior standing. 3 credits. (Y)

225-37100 Websites That Work   NLA

    Advanced concepts involved in developing Internet and intranet sites for organizations including planning, design, implementation, maintenance, and evaluation. Emphasis is placed on site structure, content, navigation, aesthetics, and technology. The course combines lectures, classroom exercises, and case studies to provide an in-depth understanding of website implementation in the workplace. Prerequisites: 312-10500 and 225-22200, or permission of instructor. 3 credits. (Y)

225-38000 E-Learning   NLA

    The theory and practice of designing microcomputer media that help people learn. Concepts of interactivity, feedback, perception, and learning are studied. Students integrate knowledge of instructional design with microcomputer media development skills in designing, developing, and testing a computer-assisted learning lesson for an Ithaca College faculty member. Prerequisites: 225-10100, 225-11100, 225-15000, and 225-21000or 312-11100, 312-13800, or 312-15700. 3 credits. (Y)

225-39000 Selected Topics   LA

    Exploration and analysis of a specific area of communication. Topics vary based on student demand and on faculty expertise and research interest. Course content and pedagogical methods meet the College guidelines for liberal arts designation. May be repeated once. Not a production course. Total number of credits in any combination of 225-39000, 225-39010, 22x-41200, and 22x-41210 may not exceed 6. Prerequisites: Junior standing; others vary depending on the topic. Refer to Undergraduate Course Offerings each semester. 3 credits. (IRR)

225-39010 Selected Topics   NLA

    Exploration and analysis of a specific area of communication. Topics vary based on student demand and on faculty expertise and research interest. Course content and pedagogical methods do not meet the College guidelines for liberal arts designation. May be repeated once. Not a production course. Total number of credits in any combination of 225-39000, 225-39010, 22x-41200, and 22x-41210 may not exceed 6. Prerequisites: Junior standing; others vary depending on the topic. Refer to Undergraduate Course Offerings each semester. 3 credits. (IRR)

225-41200 Workshop in Organizational Communication, Learning, and Design   NLA

    Individual assignments designed to provide advanced applied experiences based on students' program and career goals. Specific projects may involve production or communication analysis and design; projects are determined jointly by the student and a faculty adviser and must have depart-mental approval. Students may take a second semester of this course with approval of the instructor. Total for 225-41200 and 225-49900 may not exceed 6 credits. Prerequisites: Junior standing. 1-6 credits. (F-S)

225-43400 Management of Organizational Communication, Learning, and Design   NLA

    An examination of principles and practices for managing people and facilities and creating policies to achieve program goals in various organizational contexts, including employee communication, public affairs and promotions, and training. Assignments and topics encompass both theoretical and practical aspects of organizational communication management and include case studies, simulations, and reviews of related research and trends. Enrollment limited to organizational communication, learning, and design majors and minors. Prerequisites: Senior standing. 3 credits. (S)

225-45000 Communication and Learning Technologies: Theory, Application, and Policy   SS LA

     An analysis of the theoretical bases of communication in organizational settings with a focus on the impact of communication technologies on organizational communication practices, as well as ethical issues. Prerequisites, organizational communication, learning, and design majors or minors: Senior standing. Prerequisites, others: Senior standing; permission of instructor. 3 credits. (F)

225-49000 Internship   NLA

    Jointly supervised work experience with a cooperating institution or organization in the field of communications, intended to motivate the intern toward professional growth through observation and participation, to provide an opportunity to meet active professionals, and to stimulate career planning. Skills and academic knowledge will be put into practice. May be repeated. Total may not exceed 12 credits, including London and Los Angeles internships. Enrollment limited to organizational communication, learning, and design majors or minors. Prerequisites: Junior standing; completion of the Park School internship procedures. 1-6 credits. (F-S)

225-49800 London Communications Internship   NLA

    A limited number of internships with cooperating institutions or organizations are available to communications majors. The jointly supervised work experience offers the opportunity to learn through observation and participation in a professional setting. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing; completion of Park School internship procedures; approval of the dean in the semester preceding the London registration. Pass/fail only. 3-6 credits. (F-S) See "London Center."

225-49900 Independent Study   LA

    Intensive study under the supervision of a faculty adviser. Possible topics include instructional design and evaluation, organizational communication analysis and evaluation, and the adoption and evaluation of new technologies such as multimedia or teleconferencing. Comprehensive research paper (not project) is required. May be repeated for a total of no more than 6 credits; total of 225-49900 and 225-41200 may not exceed 6 credits. Enrollment limited to organizational communication, learning, and design majors. Prerequisites: Junior standing. 1-6 credits. (F-S)

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