Communications

Code Course Description
CMNS 1099

Workplace Writing Skills Review

This preparatory course is designed for students requiring a review of the principles and practices of Standard English. This course is not a pre-requisite for other CMNS & ENGL courses, but a refresher to help students to develop the writing skills necessary for the more complex writing tasks required in subsequent courses. The fundamentals of Standard English are emphasized, including spelling, diction, grammar, logical sentence connections, and paragraph coherence. Course content is geared to students’ educational and professional goals and focuses on straightforward workplace writing tasks: summaries, descriptions, memos, letters, short reports.

CMNS 1104

Foundations of Intercultural Communication

This face-to-face course presents the foundational knowledge and skills needed to improve students’ abilities to communicate effectively in intercultural contexts. The course examines basic concepts in Intercultural Communication and emphasizes the identification and application of basic Intercultural Communication skills. Barriers to effective Intercultural Communications are identified and strategies for overcoming them explored. The course has a strong applied focus and will be particularly useful for students who are or wish to be in frequent contact with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

CMNS 1110

Workplace Writing for Child, Family and Community Studies

Communications 1110 is designed for students intending to enroll in the Classroom and Community Support Worker, Child and Youth Care Counsellor, Community Social Service Worker, or Early Childhood Education programs. Instruction is adapted for workplace settings in the social services fields. Assignments focus on specific workplace writing tasks, with emphasis given to particular writing strategies tailored to particular purposes and readers: summary, correspondence, memoranda, and Project Brief.

CMNS 1111

Workplace Communications for Selected Programs

Communications 1111 is designed for students enrolled in Business, Criminal Justice, Dispensing Optician, Animal Health Technology, and Health Information Management programs. Instruction is adapted for workplace settings appropriate to each program area. Assignments are drawn from a number of possible components: correspondence, memoranda, reports, and other program related documents. Course work also includes instruction in writing strategies for effective on-the-job communication, and may include instruction in oral communications situations as oral presentations, employment interviews, and meetings.

CMNS 1115

Practical Writing

This course helps to prepare students for the complex writing tasks required in the workplace. Students learn rhetorical and genre theory and practise reader-based strategies for writing clear and concise workplace documents. This involves learning to differentiate between the different aims or purposes of workplace writing, analyzing and practising the conventions for achieving these purposes, and creating readable documents in a variety of written genres. Students also learn and practise the basic research skills of identifying, summarizing, and citing appropriate sources.

CMNS 1124

Spoken Communications

This course examines the diversity of spoken communications in the workplace, focussing on routine formal and informal communication, communication etiquette and meetings of many kinds. Special attention will be paid to the influences of power, gender, language, technology and culture on spoken communication.

CMNS 1125

Oral Presentations

This highly interactive course presents the foundational skills and knowledge that students need to prepare and deliver effective oral presentations. Students examine basic speech communications theory, practice vocal, verbal, and non verbal speech delivery skills, and gain knowledge of expository and persuasive organizing patterns. They experiment with appropriate physical and electronic visual aids to complement their presentation, and become familiar with a variety of special occasion speech formats. A workshop approach is taken, and learning activities are oriented toward small groups. Students must be competent in articulating and enunciating spoken English.

CMNS 1135

Professional Communication for Engineering Students

In this introductory course, students will learn the fundamentals of the communication and teamwork skills required in an engineering career. Students will learn how to use the writing process to produce informative and persuasive research papers, email, résumés, cover letters, and presentations. Students will also learn strategies for communicating effectively and persuasively with different audiences, addressing political, ethical, and social issues facing engineers.

CMNS 1210

Communicating and Working Effectively in Groups

In this highly interactive course, students gain knowledge and develop skills that contribute to effective group functioning. They examine selected theory, concepts and models related to small group communication. In the roles of group member and leader they experiment with skills and structured tools for understanding and managing group dynamics and conflict.

CMNS 1215

Interpersonal Communication for Dental Assisting Students

What do I need to know and do to successfully accomplish the human side of my job? How do I work effectively with my co-workers? These questions often go unspoken by dental assisting students, yet feedback from the dentistry field indicates that effective interpersonal communication skills are essential to office functioning. Communications 1215, a highly interactive face-to-face course, provides opportunities for students to develop the necessary skills to effectively function as a member of a dental team. Core components include foundational interpersonal theory, group dynamics and team work, verbal and nonverbal communication skills, phases of the helping relationship, and basic conflict management.

CMNS 1216

Interpersonal Skills for the Workplace

This highly interactive course provides opportunities for students to develop teamwork, interpersonal, speaking and listening, problem solving, and leadership skills in a face-to-face setting. Core components include foundational interpersonal communications theory, verbal and non-verbal communications skills, basic conflict management, group dynamics, and ethical interpersonal behaviour. Course work may also include instruction in oral presentations, interviews and meetings.

CMNS 1217

Intercultural Communication in the Workplace

This highly interactive, face-to-face course provides an understanding of the interpersonal communication skills required to develop constructive relationships in the multicultural workplace. In the first part of the course, selected foundational theory, sources of interpersonal difference and barriers to understanding are examined. The latter part of the course emphasizes workplace application of cross-cultural interpersonal communication skills and strategies. Leadership, small group communication, and professional and ethical
issues in the multicultural workplace are investigated.

CMNS 1220

Communication and Social Change

CMNS 1220 introduces students to a series of current debates and controversies in Communication Studies. Students will engage with these issues in order to better understand the role played by media and communication in everyday life, and to consider a range of political, economic, and social debates from a variety of perspectives. The course looks at contemporary issues in and around mass media, and encourages students to explore the role of media in social movements around the world.

CMNS 1221

Introduction to Media and Communication Studies

CMNS 1221 introduces students to Media and Communication Studies by exploring major theories that explain how and why we communicate the way we do. Students explore theories that explain how communication influences our perspective of others, the world and ourselves. By examining media messages from journalism, entertainment and advertising, students explore how the media create meaning and how technology shapes the ways we communicate. Students will use the theories discussed to analyze excerpts from TV shows, films, news media and digital media.

CMNS 1276

Professional Communication for Arts Entrepreneurs

This course helps students to develop the communication skills required by arts entrepreneurs, including building their online professional portfolio, enhancing their online presence through social media and other promotional tools, writing grant applications and proposals, and building relationships through networking.

CMNS 1425

Advanced Oral Presentations

This highly experiential course builds on skills and concepts acquired in Communications 1124, 1126 and 1219. Students research, organize, deliver and evaluate persuasive individual and group presentations. They learn basic principles of graphic design and technology-assisted display to complement presentation aids. Students also learn strategies for preparing for and managing the question and answer period.

CMNS 2200

Global Media and Communication

This course offers a comprehensive look at the trends and challenges in global media and communication. Students will learn how to use analytical tools to theorize globalization and its processes in the context of prominent historical events. Students will also focus on the shifting trends in the global media landscape in the news, film, and television industries.

CMNS 2223

New Media and Society

This course offers students an overview of new media and how new media technologies are affecting society. Tracing the evolution of the media from tools of mass communication to key players in the new information society, this course will introduce students to key communication concepts with which they can evaluate critically new media's ability to create political, economic and social change. Students will examine fundamental communication theories that relate to media ownership and control, media and democracy, media and identity, and media governance. Students will apply these theories to understand new media, including ownership and control of new media, social media and digital technologies, and the Internet and democracy.

CMNS 2316

Understanding and Managing Interpersonal Conflict

This face-to-face course presents foundational knowledge and skills needed to understand and manage interpersonal conflict. Through focused interaction, students will consider selected theory, fundamental skills and basic attributes required to effectively analyze and engage with interpersonal conflict in a variety of settings.

CMNS 2317

Intercultural Conflict in Interpersonal Relationships

This face-to-face interactive course presents knowledge and skills for understanding and managing intercultural conflict in interpersonal relationships. Through focused interaction and reflection, students will consider selected skills, attributes and theories required to effectively analyze and engage intercultural conflict in interpersonal relationships in a variety of settings. Interpersonal conflict knowledge and skills, intercultural factors influencing conflict, and conflict resolution strategies for intercultural situations will be addressed. This course has a strong applied focus.

CMNS 3000

Introduction to the Communication Professions

This course provides an introduction to the roles, practices, and contexts of professional communicators, with an emphasis on professional writing and professional readiness.

CMNS 3100

Language, Institutions, and Power

This course gives students practice in using analytical approaches to the study of language and power to examine how language constructs ideology, institutions, and identity in the contexts of enduring struggles (e.g. struggles over human rights for prisoners, gays, women, the homeless, people with disabilities, language and cultural identity, and the environment). Readings on the theoretical perspectives that inform these approaches are combined with applications to enduring struggles between less powerful groups and institutions (e.g. the penal system, the law, governments, the medical system, corporations, the scientific community, and academia). Students leave the course with analytical tools that would be relevant in a wide range of disciplines as vehicles of inquiry and research, and with knowledge that will contribute to their civic and social awareness.

CMNS 3102

Language Studies for Professional Communication

This course introduces theories of language relevant to the professional communicator’s craft. Students will focus on ways to identify different styles of writing, to understand the relationship between style and content, and to predict readers’ responses to texts. They will learn to analyze communication tasks from these perspectives and to assess written texts for their readability and their appropriateness in different contexts.

CMNS 3103

Research Report and Proposal Writing

This course provides students with experience in producing client-based analytical research reports and proposals. Students will be introduced to the wide variety of primary and secondary research resources available to them. They will develop skills in gathering and managing information to prepare for researched writing tasks. They will work through the typical process for producing a research report and proposal: developing the scope of work; completing field-based and theoretical research tasks; collating data; organizing material; and ultimately producing a reader-based, purposeful, and useful document.

CMNS 3200

Professional Editing

This course develops skills in copy editing, stylistic editing, and proofreading, including the process by which editors work with writers. Students are expected to have a good understanding of traditional English grammar.

CMNS 3316

Interpersonal Conflict: Advanced Practices

This advanced course supports students’ development in managing interpersonal conflict with particular emphasis on one-to-one and multi-party disputes. Active problem-solving with an eye toward negotiation and mediation is emphasized. Students explore how conflict emerges in groups, and the roles and responsibilities of leaders to influence, prevent and manage interpersonal conflict.

CMNS 3400

Document Design

This course introduces the basic principles of two-dimensional design, including balance and visual dynamics, layout, publication design, and typography. Students are expected to have prior experience with an industry-standard page-layout software program and some familiarity with graphics software. They will build on their experience to produce small documents and then to create a series of projects suitable for portfolio inclusion. They will gain some understanding of print production technology and procedures, including how to communicate with other print professionals, estimate costs, and deal with digital output.

CMNS 3401

Visual Communication

This course introduces students to the theories and techniques of visual communication. The course examines the physical properties of perception and its application in the broader context of communication studies. It explores the scope and possibilities of imagery in modern technology and culture. It also includes an
introduction to methodologies for studying visual conventions and analyzing visual media. Students will apply these methodologies to both formal and vernacular examples ranging from presentation graphics to information design to graffiti.

CMNS 3500

Technical Communication

This course develops an understanding of how technical communication projects (such as software manuals and policy and procedures manuals) are planned, written, and produced. Beginning with an analysis of objectives and audience, students will prepare a number of effective and professionally produced technical communication projects using industry-standard software programs. The focus of the course is on content development. Students will also be introduced to key trends and issues (ethical, cultural, technological, and economic) for technical communicators.

CMNS 3501

Writing for the Web

This course develops an understanding of how websites are planned, written, and produced. Beginning with an analysis of objectives and audience, students will produce a client-based website using industry-standard software programs. The focus of the course is on content development. Students will also be introduced to key trends, issues, and developments (ethical, cultural, technological, and economic) in the field.

CMNS 3600

Writing for Magazines and Trade Publications

This course develops the skills needed to write for magazines, industry-specific trade publications, and blogs. Students will learn to analyze publications, develop story ideas, submit queries, and research and write opinion columns and profiles. Emphasis will be given to the strategies and practicalities of freelance writing as a career.

CMNS 3700

Public Relations Writing

This course introduces the fundamentals of strategic communications and public relations practice for the professional communicator. Students will learn effective communication strategies for crisis communications scenarios, strategic communications planning, marketing communications, and public relations programs.

CMNS 3800

Special Topics in Professional Communication

This course examines a special topic in professional communication chosen to highlight a theoretical, historical, technological, thematic, or practical focus. Readings will include theory, criticism, and applied research, and will introduce students to a range of perspectives on the topic.

CMNS 3900

Professional Experience

This course helps prepare students for a career by providing the supervised and evaluated professional experience required for the Post-Degree Diploma in Professional Communication. Students may work in a communication role for an employer or complete a communication project for a client.

CMNS 3901

Directed Studies in Professional Communication

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.

CMNS 4000

Professional Communication Portfolio

In this capstone course, students will further develop their knowledge and skills to produce and present their portfolio of exemplary work. Individual students will work closely with the course instructor to create a detailed and tested plan for generating work and/or securing a job as a professional communicator.