Curriculum Guideline

Directed Studies in Professional Communication

Effective Date:
Course
Discontinued
No
Course Code
CMNS 3901
Descriptive
Directed Studies in Professional Communication
Department
Communications
Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits
3.00
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
PLAR
No
Semester Length
15
Max Class Size
N/A (independent study)
Contact Hours
Variable
Method Of Instruction
Tutorial
Methods Of Instruction

Independent study with supervision provided throughout the semester.

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.

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
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%
  100%
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.

Prerequisites

Acceptance into the Post-Degree Diploma in Professional Communication

and permission of the Professional Communication program coordinator