Course Title: Organisational Communication Theory and Research

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Organisational Communication Theory and Research

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012

Course Coordinator: Dr Marianne Sison

Course Coordinator Phone: email contact preferred

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will introduce you to a range of theories and current research in organisational communication and their applications to contemporary workplaces.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • critically analyse and respond to social, technological, historical and economic change affecting and influencing corporate communications;
  • communicate knowledge through situating organisational communication practice in the context of the literature and best practice; and
  • develop your leadership knowledge and skills for contemporary and emerging organisational communication practice.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify  and evaluate classical and contemporary approaches to theory and research in organisational communication;
  • explain and apply your understanding of classical and contemporary theory and research to analyze issues and develop strategies in current workplace situations; and
  • refect upon the role of communication in organisational culture and behaviour, in the management and development of organisations, and their internal and external relationships.

Overview of Learning Activities

Seminars, workshops, student presentations and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles, web resources and studio materials. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Assessment will occur during the course and at the end of the course. Methods may include any combination of assessment tasks such as reports, reflective papers, group work and presentations.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document.