Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Social Science, South Africa
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Rose-Marie Bezuidenhout


The main objective of this unit is to study and acquire theory and practice of communication in multicultural organisations. The unit begins with an introduction to broad principles of organisational communication and considers diverse perspectives and approaches to organisations and communication. Students will be introduced to organisational communication processes, components, influences and interventions. Topics of cultural and gender diversity, interpersonal skills, organisational change and development, globalisation and ethical conduct will be addressed.


Students who complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Identify and assess diverse theories of organisational communication.
    • Identify and evaluate management approaches and their effects on organisational communication.
  2. Comprehend and evaluate the implications of specific processes, constructs and elements of organisational communication in terms of:
    • Roles and functions
    • Organisation structure
    • Organisation culture
  3. Identify and apply interpersonal communication skills needed in an organization.
  4. Appreciate and be sensitized to gender and cultural diversity in an organisational context.
  5. Describe organisational and individual change.
  6. Explain organisational development
    • Apply communication intervention techniques.
  7. Practice ethical behaviour in organisational and cultural contexts.
  8. To identify elements and causes of dysfunctional organisational communication
    • Apply methods of conflict resolution.
  9. Identify and evaluate the impact and effects of globalisation on organisational communication.


Minor essay (1000 words): 15%
Major essay (1500 words): 30%
Examination 2 hours (2000 words): 40%
Group presentations and tutorial participation (formative assessment): 15%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

2 one-hour lectures and 2 one-hour tutorials per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ATS2432, ATS3432, AZA2432