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2017/2018  BA-BEOKO1024U  The organisation and its communication

English Title
The organisation and its communication

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BA in English and Organisational Communication
Course coordinator
  • Simon Krogh - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Organization
Last updated on 23-06-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: On completing this course, students should be able to provide a theoretically well-grounded analysis of a concrete case. More specifically, they should demonstrate the ability to:
  • Identify and describe communication problems in a concrete case.
  • Analyze and explain the causes of the selected problems by drawing upon the scholarly literature introduced in the course: - Argue for the relevance of the chosen theoretical framework, - Explain and use the theoretical key concepts correctly.
  • Select, present, and interpret relevant evidence from the case.
  • Reflect on the potential weaknesses of the account
  • Produce good academic writing: - Clear, accurate, and precise prose and correct use of relevant terminology, - Coherent structure of the paper, - Correct use of references.
The organisation and its communication:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 48 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam Oral Exam
Duration: 20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Examiner(s): If it is an internal examination, there will be a second internal examiner at the re-exam.
Description of the exam procedure

Examination language: English

Course content and structure

The course investigates how communication shapes, and is shaped by, various aspects of an organisation, such as its structure or (sub)culture(s) - including classical and human relations approaches as well as processes within the areas of socialization, decision making, conflict management, leadership, technology and organizational change.

In addtion organizational designs in an information processing and communication perspective is investigated


The 'Organization and its Communication' course prepares the students for the work as in-house communication specialists in large and small public and private organizations. By focusing on individual disciplines of Organizational Communication and on the interconnections between the disciplines, students are given the tools to act as communication strategists and practitioners towards internal stakeholders.

Teaching methods
The course consists of a combination of lectures, discussions, assignments, and exercises.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback is provided during discussions during exercise lessons and in connection with written midterm assignement
Student workload
Teaching 20 hours
Preparation 55 hours
Assignments 50 hours
Examination incl. preparation 82 hours
Further Information

A volontary mid-term assignment is offered

Expected literature

- Miller, Kathrine (2015), Organizational Communication: Approaches and Processes, 7th ed. Cengage Learning 

- Supplementary literature: CBSLearn

Last updated on 23-06-2017