• Questions 1 and 2 are both required. In addition, answer either Question 3 or 4 but not both. Therefore, you should answer Questions 1 and 2 and then Question 3 or 4 (a total of 3 out of the 4 questions on the exam).
• Should you need my help to clarify any exam question or instruction, please post your request at the Final Exam Forum in Webcourses discussions. However, you can e-mail me via Webcourses, if you are not comfortable with the forum option.
• Label each answer clearly by the question number being addressed (e.g., Part 1a).
• Cite any source used for your answers in APA style 7th edition (student version) format as would be with your other assignments. At a minimum, in-text citations and a references list are required.
• While this is an open book exam, it requires individual effort. Therefore, you should NOT discuss any aspect of the exam with a fellow class member or anybody else outside this class during the exam window.
• Paraphrasing will weigh more, and quoting will be penalized if it exceeds 5% of the answer to a question.
• I recommend that you prepare your answers first before making your final submission. Your final answers should be submitted as a PDF document.
Questions 1 and 2 are both required.
1. Imagine you have been asked by your supervisor at a past, current or future job to propose a two or three-day workshop that addresses one or more organizational communication problems experienced by the organization. Drawing from readings from Mumby & Kuhn’s (2019) textbook chapters discussed in the Webcourses discussion area, describe the workshop proposal that you would prepare for your boss:
a) Begin by briefly describing the organizational problem/s the workshop would address.
b) Utilize a minimum of two major concepts from each of the following class materials: (1) any one chapter for which you were a primary respondent, and (2) any four chapters for which you were a secondary respondent (minimum of two concepts per chapter).***Make sure to identify clearly the chapters and concepts selected in your response by listing concepts by chapter as part of your answer (i.e., in addition to italicizing in bold each concept when applied, construct a list of concepts drawn from each chapter also indicating whether your role in the discussion of the chapter was a primary one or a secondary one).
2. Littlejohn et al. (2021) discuss three core areas of organizational communication scholarship (hint: the chapter map on pages 337-338 is a helpful resource although it is not sufficient by itself).
a) Select from these core areas the one that appeals the most to you and explain why.
b) Select a theory within that core area of organizational scholarship which appeals to you the most and explain why.
c) Select three concepts from that favorite theory of yours and paraphrase each of those concepts also making sure to provide your own matching example of each concept based on your organizational experiences.
Choose either Question 3 or Question 4:
3. Although the chapter by Littlejohn and Foss (2011) does not address all Craig’s (1999) seven traditions of communication theory, the excluded traditions still have relevance for understanding and practicing organizational communication.
a) For each one of the excluded traditions, explain how its conceptualization of the major problem of communication and solution are relevant to organizational communication.
b) Which of the two broad approaches to conceptualizing or studying communication, as described by Penman (2000, pp. 4-5) and reflected in Craig (1999), does each of the above excluded traditions primarily subscribe to and why do you believe so? Make sure to support your answer based on the relevant readings.
4. Focus on the Littlejohn and Foss (2011 chapter and Craig (1999) article:
a) Select any two of Craig’s (1999) traditions and two of the corresponding theories the authors highlighted under each of the two traditions you selected.
b) Paraphrase (i.e., define in your own words but accurately) two major concepts from each theory and then explain why Littlejohn and Foss (2011) classified the theories as such (i.e., on what basis did the authors categorize the theories as falling under those particular traditions).