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Directed Studies in Professional Communication

Course Code: CMNS 3901
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Communications
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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

course prerequisites

Acceptance into the Post-Degree Diploma in Professional Communication

and permission of the Professional Communication program coordinator

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.