Directed Studies in Professional Communication

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
CMNS 3901
Semester Length
Max Class Size
N/A (independent study)
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course provides students with an opportunity to pursue a specific applied research interest. The course will require (a) a review and analysis of relevant published theoretical or applied research readings and articles, and (b) original related research or a project in the field of professional communication. Directed studies are supervised and evaluated by a faculty member. Students must apply to the program coordinator for approval of their proposed directed studies.
Course Content

The course content will be identified in the student’s application for approval and will include a preliminary list of readings and articles. The scope and content of the research or project must be approved by the faculty supervisor and program coordinator and, if necessary, the Research Ethics Board.

Methods Of Instruction

Independent study with supervision provided throughout the semester.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be based on this general format and related to specific course objectives:

Literature review 30%
Research/project proposal 20%
Research paper/project 40%
Presentation 10%
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will

  1. complete an in-depth investigation into a topic in professional communication
  2. complete a comprehensive review of published research
  3. conduct original research or complete a project on the topic of interest
Textbook Materials

Students will be responsible for identifying the relevant academic and professional publications. The faculty supervisor must approve a preliminary list of readings and articles.



Acceptance into the Post-Degree Diploma in Professional Communication

and permission of the Professional Communication program coordinator


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

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.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU CMNS 3XXX (3) 2014/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit 2014/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Summer 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.