Course content will be drawn from the following areas:
- coherence and cohesion
- clarity and conciseness
- tone, diction, voice
- mechanics: grammar, sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, etc.
- Reports: progress, informational, problem/solution
- Letters and Memos: application, sales, persuasive, bad news, transmittal, to the editor, inquiry, information
- Agenda and Minutes
- Process description
- Manual Writing
- Expanded definition
- Press release
- Field-related material as content and context for assignments, e.g. summary
- Course handbook
- Listening and responding
- Preparing: research, organization, prompts
- Physical behaviour
- Use of visuals
- Employment interview
- Oral presentations
- Collaboration or team-work
- Interpersonal communication with readers of writing assignments, with interviewers, and with participants of meetings.
This course will emphasize learning through doing. Working individually and in groups, students will be involved in the discussion, analysis and interpretation of various writing activities. Under the instructor’s guidance, students will integrate the results of primary or secondary research with correct language principles in a number of writing situations. Students may be required to write in response to textbook cases, film or video scenarios, field trip experiences, and other workplace situations encountered in the community. Other methods include lectures, group discussions, and presentations by resource people with field-related expertise.
- To pass CMNS 1111, students must demonstrate the ability to write in standard English.
- Given the variety of programs for which CMNS 1111 may be adapted, evaluation components may vary significantly.
The following are two current examples of how components and marks have been set up for the course:
CMNS 1111 for Business Management
|Letters and Memos||30%|
|Meeting Skills Quiz||10%|
|Application Package (Letter and resume)||10%|
CMNS 1111 for Health Information Management
|Application Package (Letter and resume)||10%|
Communications 1111 has been developed to meet the communications requirements of a number of business of technology programs.
The student will be able to:
- Write in standard English
- Demonstrate communicative competence, i.e. appropriate communication behaviour in specific communication contexts.
- The Communications instructor will choose from the following list those skills and tasks appropriate to the business and technologies fields.
The student will be able to:
- Write appropriately for single and multiple readers
- Distinguish objective from subjective statements
- Distinguish internal from external written communication situations
- Use correct language fundamentals in all written assignments
- Write effective sentences
- Write well-developed paragraphs
- Demonstrate unity, coherence, and emphasis
- Prepare written reports using language conventions consistent with appropriate field-related standards and practices
- Compose a set of procedures related to a business or technology subject.
Students will be able to successfully complete a variety of tasks which the Communications instructor selects from the following:
- Extract and summarize the main points from field-related articles
- Develop an effective application letter and resume
- Compose an informative report on a workplace related topic
- Write effective correspondence in a variety of relevant situations consistent with field-related standards and practices
- Demonstrate the ability to develop and compose an agenda
- Demonstrate the ability to record and compose accurate minutes of a meeting
- Compose an informative brochure
- Compose a newsletter for a field-related organization
- Compose a press release on a field-related event or issue
- Compose a set of procedures related to a business or technology subject
- Demonstrate the ability to research using primary and secondary sources
- Demonstrate the ability to select and analyze researched information and then to present it following the documentation conventions appropriate to the field, avoiding plagiarism.
The student should also be able to:
- Prepare for an employment interview
- Plan, prepare and deliver oral presentations
- Apply basic rules of order in formal meetings
- Present motions in meetings.
- Collaborate effectively with other students
- Interact appropriately with the readers of their written work, job interviewers, and participants at meetings
- Understand basic communication theory as it relates to the student’s chosen field.
No single text is applicable for all career programs or for all course objectives. However, a handbook and/or exercise book is required. The following are examples of possibilities:
- Business Communication: Strategies and Skills by R. Huseman et al.
- Successful Writing at Work by Philip C. Kolin
- Administratively Write! by Ron Blicq
Any College entrance Language Proficiency Requirement with the exceptions of the Douglas College Course Options in ELLA or ENGU and the assessments listed below. These require the specified higher standard for entry into CMNS, CRWR and ENGL courses.
• a minimum grade of C- in ELLA 0460, or a minimum grade of C- in both ELLA 0465 and 0475, OR
• a minimum grade of C- in ENGU 0450 or ENGU 0455 or ENGU 0490, OR
• Mastery in ELLA 0330 and any two of ELLA 0310, 0320, or 0340, OR
• TOEFL overall score of 83 with a minimum of 21 in Writing, OR
• IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0; for individual bands below 6.0:
• if in Speaking, ELLA 0210 required
• if in Reading or Listening, ELLA 0220 required
• if in Writing, ELLA 0230 and ELLA 0240 required
• CLB score of 8, OR
• CEFR level B2+, OR
• CAEL minimum overall and essay score of 70 (computer or paper based), OR
• recognized equivalent or exemption.
Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:
- No corequisite courses
Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:
- No equivalency courses
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Acsenda School of Management (ASM)||ASM BADM 110 (3)||2010/09/01 to -|
|Acsenda School of Management (ASM)||ASM CM 1100 (3)||2006/01/01 to 2010/08/31|
|BC Institute of Technology (BCIT)||BCIT COMM 1100 (3) or BCIT COMM 1116 (4) or BCIT COMM 1135 (3) or BCIT COMM 1140 (3) or BCIT COMM 1141 (3) or BCIT COMM 1143 (3) or BCIT COMM 1144 (3) or BCIT COMM 1145 (4) or BCIT COMM 1164 (3) or BCIT COMM 1169 (3) or BCIT COMM 1178 (3) or BCIT COMM 1180 (4) or BCIT COMM 1184 (3) or BCIT COMM 1188 (3)||2018/01/01 to -|
|Camosun College (CAMO)||CAMO BUS 130 (3)||2013/01/01 to -|
|Capilano University (CAPU)||CAPU CMNS 1XX (3)||2012/01/01 to -|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU CMNS 1110 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Langara College (LANG)||No credit||2012/05/01 to -|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG CMNS 1118 (3)||2007/09/01 to 2012/04/30|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||DOUG CMNS 1111 (3) & DOUG CMNS 1125 (3) = SFU CMNS 2XX (3)||2012/01/01 to 2020/08/31|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||DOUG CMNS 1111 (3) & DOUG CMNS 1125 (3) = SFU CMNS 200 (3)||2004/09/01 to 2011/12/31|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU ENGL 1810 (3)||2010/09/01 to -|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU ENGL 181 (3)||2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU MCOM 1XX (3)||2020/01/01 to -|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU COMM 1XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2019/12/31|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO ENGL 1st (3)||2005/05/01 to -|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||No credit||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||No credit||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV CMNS 125 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC ENGL 225 (1.5)||2004/09/01 to -|
Restricted to Veterinary Technology students.