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2017/2018  KAN-CKOMO1049U  Organization and Communication

English Title
Organization and Communication

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 15 ECTS
Type Mandatory offered as elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Organizational Communication, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Steffen Blaschke - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • Communication
  • Organization
Last updated on 27-06-2017

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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:
  • Describe and explain the preconditions, theories, concepts, models, and methods introduced in the course.
  • Apply these preconditions, theories, concepts, models, and methods to an analysis of specific issues in organizational communication as well as develop solutions to these issues.
  • Provide an account of the theoretical and applied (practice-oriented) interconnections between organization and communication introduced in the course.
  • Reflectively consider (meta-theoretically and critically) the preconditions, theories, concepts, models, and methods introduced in the course, and the potential and limitations of these in theory and practice.
Organization and Communication:
Exam ECTS 15
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Oral group exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 3-5
Size of written product Max. 20 pages
The exam is an oral exam based on a scientific paper. Students will work in groups of 3-5 to complete an analysis of an empirical problem in the area of organization and communication.
The paper must be of max. 20 standard pages. Students are expected to use course readings in their analysis. If a student writes alone, the paper must be of max. 15 standard pages.
The oral exam is a group exam based on the group analysis. Students are graded individually. The final grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
The oral exam is 1 hour per group, 20 minutes per student if the student writes alone.
Assignment type Project
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Spring
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Re-take due to illness: A student, who has attended the work of a previous handed in assignment, but is ill at the ordinary oral exam, will attend the re-take with the ordinary assignment (the assignment must be handed in again by the date of the hand in is set by the Study Secretariat). A student, who has not participated in the work of a previous handed in assignment, must hand in a new assignment before the oral exam. The date of the hand in is set by the Study Secretariat.

If the student did not pass the ordinary exam, he/she must make a new assignment and hand it in on a new deadline, specified by the secretariat, before the re-take.
Course content and structure

The course provides insight into the scientific disciplines and perspectives that have shaped research on organizational communication. Next to the introduction of major theories and key concepts, students will develop analytical competencies to undertake their own empirical studies in organizational communication. They will be exposed to both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and methods. The emphasis of the course is then to provide students with a set of theories and tools with which they are capable to analyze issue in organization and communication, and to evaluate the applicability of analytical methodologies and methods to organizational practice.

The course highlights readings that address both theoretical perspectives within organizational communication and organizational empirical realities. The course emphasizes the pedagogical principle of participant-based learning, which means that active engagement of students is required. This includes participating in dialogue and discussion with other students as well as with the lecturers.

Teaching methods
The module is taught in a combination of lectures and tutorials with exercises and discussions in smaller groups.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students receive general feedback immediately in class. If need be, they receive continuous feedback on their empirical research during on-campus appointments or electronically via email.
Student workload
Lectures 90 hours
Preparations for lectures and tutorials 162 hours
Exam Preparations 160 hours
Total 412 hours
Expected literature


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Last updated on 27-06-2017