PRK 3413 Foundations of Communication - RE-SIT EXAMINATION

PRK 3413 Foundations of Communication - RE-SIT EXAMINATION

Course code: 
PRK 3413
Communication and Culture
Course coordinator: 
Alexander Buhmann
Course name in Norwegian: 
Product category: 
Bachelor of Communication Management - Programme Course
2020 Spring
Active status: 
Re-sit exam
Level of study: 
Resit exam semesters: 
2019 Autumn
2020 Spring
Resit exam info

This course was taught for the last time in autumn 2018. Last re-sit examiniations will be offered in the autumn of 2019 and spring 2020. (No lecturing offered as of autumn term 2019)

Teaching language: 
Course type: 
One semester

This course provides an introduction to communication for students in the communication management program. Specifically, the course

  • gives an overview and history of the field of communication research,
  • introduces general theories to understand the conditions for effective communication
  • discusses these theories in important communication contexts (such as teams, organizations, or mass media)

The course is designed to acquaint students with the broad and exciting field of communication and provide a fundamental understanding of the core concepts that build the basis for effective communications.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The knowledge gained in this course lays the groundwork for exploring effective communication between an organization and its stakeholders and provides the essential concepts for any advanced study of communication management. Students will acquire broad knowledge on key processes and contexts of communication on the micro, meso, and macro level, which is foundational to their further studies in communication management.

The candidate: has broad knowledge of important topics, theories, issues, processes, tools and methods within the academic field; is familiar with research and development work in the field; can update his/her knowledge in the field; has knowledge of the history, traditions, distinctive character and place in society of the academic field.

Learning outcomes - Skills

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • identify and define the fundamental aspects of communication on the individual, organizational, and societal level
  • describe and Explain the key theories associated with the communication process
  • apply these theories to the characteristics of various important communication contexts
  • communicate more effectively on a personal and professional level

The candidate: can apply academic knowledge and relevant results of research and development work to practical and theoretical problems and make well-founded choices; can reflect upon his/her own academic practice and adjust it under supervision; can find, evaluate and refer to information and scholarly subject matter and present it in a manner that sheds light on the problem; masters relevant scholarly tools, techniques and forms of communication.

General Competence

Students will reflect critically and empathically on their own communication routines, the communication of diverse others, and the communication of organizations with an awareness of corresponding practical implications.

The candidate: has insight into relevant academic and professional ethical issues; can plan and carry out varied assignments and projects over time, alone or as part of a group, and in accordance with ethical requirements and principles; can communicate important academic subject matters such as theories, problems and solutions, both in writing and orally, as well as through other relevant forms of communication; can exchange opinions and experiences with others with a background in the field, thereby contributing to the development of good practice; is familiar with new thinking and innovation processes.

Course content

Communication Foundations

  • Theoretical foundations of the field of communication
  • Historical and contemporary perspectives in communication research

Communication Processes and Skills

  • Perceiving and understanding
  • Engaging in verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Listening and responding
  • Creating communication climates
  • Adapting communication to cultures and social communities

Contexts of Communication

  • Communication and personal identity
  • Communication in relationships, groups, and teams
  • Communication in, by, and about organizations
  • Public speaking
  • Mass communication
  • Digital media and online communication
Teaching and learning activities

Autumn 2018: This course will be based primarily on lecture but part of the learning process will require students to engage through activities in the classroom and through developing a presentation on a communication topic assigned to them by the lecturer. This will be done in groups of no more than 3 and the groups will be assigned at random. A total 39 hours will be used in the classroom divided between lectures and work on presentations. 

This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component is graded by using points on a scale from 0-100. The components will be weighted together (see the weighting scheme below) to calculate the final grade for the course (final examination code). Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam elements will get a lower grade or may fail the course. You will get detailed information about the point system and the cut off points with reference to the letter grades when the course starts.

A re-sit of exam components must, as a main rule, be retaken during the next scheduled course the following year.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification.

Required prerequisite knowledge

No particular prerequisites.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
PRK 34131
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal examiner with external supervisor
Examination every semester
100No48 Hour(s)Individual
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight: 100
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:48 Hour(s)
Exam code: PRK 34131
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination every semester
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
Student workload
Teaching on Campus
33 Hour(s)
Other in classroom
6 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
36 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
18 Hour(s)
Journal preparation
Student's own work with learning resources
107 Hour(s)
Home work and reading
Exam preparation
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.