Curriculum Guideline

Communications (Certificate)

Effective Date:
Program Code
CTCOMM
Discontinued
No
Program
Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department
Communications
Credential Type
Certificate
Transcript Title
Communications Certificate
Date of First Offering
Start Term
201810
End Term
Not Specified
Credential
Certificate in Communications
Length of Program
Two semesters
Credits
30.00
Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 30 credits
  • 50% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College 

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

Required CMNS courses:

CMNS 1104

Foundations of Intercultural Communication

3.00

CMNS 1115

Practical Writing

3.00

CMNS 1125

Oral Presentations

3.00

CMNS 1216

Interpersonal Skills for the Workplace

3.00

CMNS 1221

Introduction to Media and Communication Studies

3.00

Select one additional CMNS course from the following options:

CMNS 1210

Communicating and Working Effectively in Groups

3.00

CMNS 1217

Intercultural Communication in the Workplace

3.00

CMNS 1220

Communication and Social Change

3.00

CMNS 1223

New Media and Society

3.00

CMNS 2200

Global Media and Communication

3.00

CMNS 2316

Understanding and Managing Interpersonal Conflict

3.00

CMNS 2317

Intercultural Conflict in Interpersonal Relationships

3.00

Select two courses from the following options:

PHIL 1101 Critical Thinking

3.00

PHIL 1102

Values and Contemporary Issues

3.00

PHIL 1122

Business Ethics

3.00

PHIL 2201

Logical Reasoning

3.00

POLI 1101

Introduction to Political Science

3.00

PSYC 1100

An Introduction to Psychology (I)

3.00

PSYC 1200

An Introduction to Psychology (II)

3.00

SOCI 1125

Social Processes

3.00

SOCI 1155

Social Issues

3.00

SOSC 2140

Behaviour in Organizations

3.00

Select two elective courses:

  1st-year university-transferable Arts or Science*

 6.00

Total Credits

 

30.00

* A university-transferable course is a course that transfers to one of the five research universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC - on the BC Transfer Guide in an Arts or Science subject area.

All 30 credits in the Communications Certificate also apply towards an Associate of Arts (AA) degree. The 18 credits of CMNS courses in the Certificate fulfill the minimum CMNS credits required for an AA degree with a specialization in CMNS. Students wanting to continue their studies to complete an AA (CMNS) will have to complete an additional 30 credits and meet other degree requirements, including taking 3 credits in ENGL and some science/math/computing/breadth requirements. For details, see the Associate of Arts (CMNS) degree

 

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for students in the Communications Certificate are

  • To understand Communications as both an interdisciplinary scholarly discipline and a professional practice
  • To demonstrate proficiency in written communications in a variety of genres and formats
  • To acquire skills in spoken communications in a variety of contexts
  • To employ research skills for scholarly and applied purposes
  • To appreciate the importance of effective interpersonal and intercultural communication in the workplace