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Organisational Communication

Organisational Communication

Code: COS4PO042
Scope: 6, 9 or 12 ECTS
Timing: 5 – 6 semesters
Language: Finnish / Swedish / English
Curriculum: All Porvoo Curricula
Level: Professional studies
Type: Elective

Starting level and linkage with other courses

Basic studies must be accomplished.

Learning objectives and assessment

Grade 1
The student has an adequate knowledge of the importance of organisational communication, its theory, research practices, and tools for its planning, development, and improvement. The student is able to work and get an understanding of the context and dynamics of the commissioners’ organisational communication. The student is able to work out developmental proposals (6 ECTS) and implement the proposed measures (9 – 12 ECTS). The student shows certain interest in group activities; somewhat able to work independently; most of the assignments are submitted on time.

Grade 3
The student has a deep knowledge of the importance of organisational communication, its theory, research practices, and tools for its planning, development, and improvement. The student is able to work and get a clear understanding of the context and dynamics of the commissioners’ organisational communication. The student is able to work out successful developmental proposals (6 ECTS) and implement the proposed measures with diligence (9 – 12 ECTS). The student takes active part in group activities; is good at working independently; almost all assignments are submitted on time.

Grade 5
The student has an outstanding knowledge of the importance of organisational communication, its theory, research practices, and tools for its planning, development, and improvement. The student is able to work and get an exact understanding of the context and dynamics of the commissioners’ organisational communication. The student is able to work out successful innovative developmental proposals (6 ECTS) and implement the proposed measures with success (9 – 12 ECTS). The student becomes a key participant in almost all group activities; is strongly reliable when working independently, is innovative and has positive attitude; all of the assignments are submitted on time.

Recognising and validating prior learning (RPL)

If the students have acquired the required competences in previous work tasks, recreational activities or on another course, they can show the competence with a demonstration and thus progress faster through their studies. More information and instructions for recognising and validating prior learning (RPL) are available at MyNet

Working life connections

The course has been designed in cooperation with the industry. The commissioners are companies and organisations that are potential employers and thesis commissioners.

Internationality

The course includes activities of multicultural and multilingual nature, supported by the requirements established by the projects and the commissioners.

Contents

Upon the completion of the course the students will be able to

  • know the scope and the relevance of the notion of organisational communication
  • analyse the communication and its organisation in a company’s environment
  • develop and propose communication strategies and plans
  • identify, evaluate, implement, and follow up the standard and innovative practices of communication management.

During the course, based on the agreement with the commissioning parties, the student will follow and develop communication practices, for instance

  • communication practices relevant for organisations  (internal communication, external communication, communication in marketing, etc.)
  • communication practices particularly relevant for small- and medium-size enterprises
  • inter-organisational communication, corporate communication, or communication in larger organisational entities.

The student will also

  • get familiar with basic concepts and theories used in communication studies 
  • study the context and dynamics of commissioner’s communication practices
  • define the ways to contribute to the development of commissioner’s communication practices
  • draft a proposal on communication development and submit it to the commissioner (6 ECTS)
  • develop specific areas of organisational communication by taking focused and concrete measures (9 or 12 ECTS)

Learning methods

The course is implemented as a series of seminars that involve individual work, teamwork, and work in pairs. The methods include theoretical reviews, seminar sessions, writing of essays and reports, drafting proposals for the commissioners and conducting interviews. The student submits a developmental plan on the improvement of communication practices as a final assessment assignment (6 cr). The students that aim at 9 or 12 credits will also submit their specific proposals that focus on particular areas of communication (for instance tools of internal communication, social media, tools and guidelines for sharing and distribution of knowledge, documents and templates, etc.).

Assessment criteria

For the implementation of 6 ECTS:
Theory 20 %
The context and dynamics of commissioner’s communication 30 %
Communication strategy 50 %

For the implementation of 9 ECTS:
6 ECTS (see above) 65 %
Implementation of focused measures to improve particular areas of communication 35 %

For the implementation of 12 ECTS:
6 ECTS (see above) 50 %
Implementation of focused measures to improve particular areas of communication 50 %

Course teachers

Ivan Berazhny, Porvoo

Learning materials

Learning materials are selected according to the individual learning needs of students within the framework of the curriculum.