ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP

The certificate in Organizational Communication and Leadership teaches professionals how to develop and implement innovative ideas for the betterment of their workplace and/or teams.  Professionals will gain understanding on how to lead others in order to create a positive change.

 

An examination and analysis of communication theories within the framework of an organization is vital within the workplace. Leaders are also expected to diagnose problems with communication and create an effective communication plan. Practical skills in small group communications, conflict management, crucial conversations and much more will be achieved.

  

REQUIRED COURSES

 

 COMM 521 – Organizational Communication (3)

This course is a presentation, writing, and group driven course where leaders will learn to   examine and investigate communication messages, audience, and culture within    organizations.  Leaders will also learn theories, the roles of leaders, followers, teams versus groups, culture, and performances through cross-case studies.

 

COMM 522 – Interpersonal Communication (3)

This courses teaches practices and principles of interpersonal communication.  From  bodily language, hand gestures, eye contact, listening, voice tone, verbal, self disclosures, dysfunctional communication and much more leaders will understand the importance of  human communication in all relationships both personal and professional, as well as  dyadic and group settings.

 

COMM 523 – Leadership and Ethics (3)

This course investigates the theories of leadership in corporate and non-profit  professions.  Leaders will also investigate case studies as it relates to ethical decisions    that were made to solve problems and use their critical thinking skills to provide professional solutions.

 

COMM 524 – Intercultural Communication (3)

This course focuses on the importance of culture in our personal and professional lives. Many companies are multi-cultural and because of this it is crucial for everyone to   communicate in a diverse world.  This course is designed to increase awareness of all cultures including its social and historical background as it

 

CAP 600 – Capstone Project (1)

Capstone projects will complete an environmental scan and solve a real problem for a  company of choice.  Communication principles taught in the certificate programs must be  applied within the environment scan.  A final presentation is required. All students must gain approval for their Capstone Project within the first 3 weeks of matriculation.  After approval, students must submit their progress to the instructors every three weeks.

 

 ELECTIVES

Students may choose courses from any other certificate program or from the courses  listed below.

 

COMM 550 – Communication Research (3)

This course is designed to help students understand and become brilliant in research as it  relates to communication.  Students will become knowledgeable in concepts, themes,  roles and strategies of communication research.  Research in this course includes both quantitative and qualitative research and can be steered in both academic and professional settings.

 

COMM 531 – Small Group Communication (3)

This course is designed for leaders to become knowledgeable of different techniques to lead a team successfully.  Both interpersonal and intercultural perspectives will be  included in this course.  This course is also focus on leadership skills and communication strategies vital to creating and maintain a group.

 

COMM 532 – Integrated Marketing Communication (3)

This course focuses on the theory and practice of integrated marketing communication  and specify different expansions in the field.  Students will understand the differences,  similarities and relational interest between public relations and marketing, key concepts  of advertising and promotion, the effects of public opinion and crisis management.

 

COMM 533 – Crisis Communication (3)

This course examines the methods involved in crisis planning, communication and   management in both professional and academic settings.  Crisis happens each day in      companies and intelligently planning and effectively communicating to both internal and external stakeholders are critical.  Students will learn how to prepare for crisis such as  sexual harassment, professional ethics within an organization, discrimination, manipulations, etc. to help a company keep minimize the damage of its reputation,    influence the public to understand the company’s viewpoints, and design a risk communication plan.

 

COMM 500 – Public Speaking (3)

This course is designed to help students prepare and delivery a power speech for a pubic setting.  Students will concentrate on proper techniques on how to conduct research for a   informative, persuasive, and special occasion speech.  Students will also learn how nonverbal skills play a huge role in public speaking.

 

From Summer to Semester One                    

COMM 521 – Organizational Communication (3)

 CAP 600 – Capstone Project (1)

 

From Fall to Semester Two

COMM 522 – Interpersonal Communication (3)

COMM 523 – Leadership and Ethics (3)

CAP 600 – Capstone Project – Continued

 

From Spring to Semester Three

COMM 524 – Intercultural Communication (3)

Elective (3)

CAP 600 – Capstone Project – Continued