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Communications
Placement Test Scores
Students registering for CMNS 115, 125, 145, 155, and 165 are required to have a Composition Placement Test score of 48 or better, or to present the appropriate alternative for satisfying the prerequisite. Students who have not written the CPT should contact Assessment Services for information about when the tests are scheduled. Students who are unable to provide proof of an appropriate prerequisite, or are unable to provide a CPT score of 48 or better, will be withdrawn from the course by the department faculty.
Assignments
As presentation is an important element of professional communications, several courses require all or a number of assignments to be typed or word processed.
Prerequisites
For equivalencies of the prerequisites listed below, contact the department head.
Note: Students who do not have a prerequisite for first year Communications courses should take CMNS 099. CMNS 099 with a grade of C or better is a prerequisite for English 105, or any first-year Communications course.
Critical Analysis and Study Methodology
Students interested in Communications courses may also be interested in the following:
CSM 104 — Integrated Academic Learning Skills
CSM 108 — Critical Analysis and Study Methodology
CSM 208 — Learning Methodology

For more information regarding these courses, please see the Academic Support courses section.


English Language Requirements
Beginning Fall, 2007 students registering in post-secondary level courses (numbered 100 to 499) will be required to meet the English language entrance proficiency requirements. Students in ESL or the University Foundations programs can register in those courses identified in the University Foundations program with lower levels of language proficiency.

CMNS 0993 credits
Introduction to Written Communications
Prerequisite(s): CPT score of 41 or higher, or a grade of B or better in English 12, Literature 12, or TPC 12.
Recommended that ESL students also have ESL WG84, ESL S76, ESL L87, ESL R80, or equivalent levels.
This course focuses on developing reading and listening skills and academic and professional writing skills to prepare students for the writing requirements of academic courses. Areas covered include grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, the writing process, thesis and paragraph development, summaries and essays.
Note: Students may not take ENGL 099 for further credit.

CMNS 1153 credits
Technical Communications for Trades
Prerequisite(s): One of the following:
CPT score of 48 or better
CMNS 099 or ENGL 099 with a grade of C or better
ENGL 081 or 091 with a grade of C+ or better
ESL WG84 with a grade of C+ or better
Completion of Level II of UCFV's University Foundation Certificate Program
English 12 or English Literature 12 with a final grade of A
Technical and Professional Communication 12 with a final grade of A
LPI score of 30/40 or level 5 or better in the essay section
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 570 or better (or 230 if computer-based score), plus a minimum TWE (Essay) score of 4.0
MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) score of at least 85
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) score of at least 70
CanTEST score of at least 4.5 in Listening and Reading; a score of 4.0 in Writing.
Cambridge Proficiency Examination — competence level of C
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
UCFV English Language Assessment — results equivalent to completion of UCFV's University Foundation Certificate Program Level 2 compulsory ESL core courses or articulated equivalent.
Communications 115 is an introduction to the general principles and techniques of effective communications in the work place. The course examines the barriers to effective communications and how these barriers can be reduced. Common written and oral communications on the job (including customer and co-worker relations) are the focus of course assignments. Employment applications (forms, letters of applications, and resumes) and interview preparation and skills are a major practical area of the course.

CMNS 1253 credits
Business Communications
Prerequisite(s): One of the following:
CPT score of 48 or better
CMNS 099 or ENGL 099 with a grade of C or better
ENGL 081 or 091 with a grade of C+ or better
ESL WG84 with a grade of C+ or better
Completion of Level II of UCFV's University Foundation Certificate Program
English 12 or English Literature 12 with a final grade of A
Technical and Professional Communication 12 with a final grade of A
LPI score of 30/40 or level 5 or better in the essay section
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 570 or better (or 230 if computer-based score), plus a minimum TWE (Essay) score of 4.0
MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) score of at least 85
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) score of at least 70
CanTEST score of at least 4.5 in Listening and Reading; a score of 4.0 in Writing.
Cambridge Proficiency Examination — competence level of C
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
UCFV English Language Assessment — results equivalent to completion of UCFV's University Foundation Certificate Program Level 2 compulsory ESL core courses or articulated equivalent
This course offers an introduction to the general principles of technical and professional communications. Emphasis is on the communication process, presentations, and descriptive, expository, and argumentative messages. Document design and electronic messages are also studied and practiced.

CMNS 1453 credits
Technical Communications for Drafting
Prerequisite(s): CPT score of 48 or acceptance into Drafting program
This course provides an introduction to general principles of effective written and oral communication. The focus is on commonly used reports (e.g., progress, field, site investigation) and technical correspondence.

CMNS 1553 credits
Communications for Human Services
Prerequisite(s): One of the following:
CPT score of 48 or better
CMNS 099 or ENGL 099 with a grade of C or better
ENGL 081 or 091 with a grade of C+ or better
ESL WG84 with a grade of C+ or better
Completion of Level II of UCFV's University Foundation Certificate Program
English 12 or English Literature 12 with a final grade of A
Technical and Professional Communication 12 with a final grade of A
LPI score of 30/40 or level 5 or better in the essay section
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 570 or better (or 230 if computer-based score), plus a minimum TWE (Essay) score of 4.0
MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) score of at least 85
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) score of at least 70
CanTEST score of at least 4.5 in Listening and Reading; a score of 4.0 in Writing.
Cambridge Proficiency Examination — competence level of C
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
UCFV English Language Assessment — results equivalent to completion of UCFV's University Foundation Certificate Program Level 2 compulsory ESL core courses or articulated equivalent
Corequisite(s): None
Introduction to theory and practice of academic and professional technical communications. Course topics include the communication principles of organization and structure, essay writing, narrative, exposition, and argument in workplace writing and presentations.
Note: Accepted for meeting the UCFV Bachelor of Arts writing requirement or as an elective in the BA program.
Note: Accepted for meeting the UCFV Bachelor of Arts literacy requirement or as an elective in the BA program.

CMNS 1653 credits
Professional Communications for Kinesiology
Prerequisite(s): One of the following:
CPT score of 48 or better
CMNS 099 or ENGL 099 with a grade of C or better
ENGL 081 or 091 with a grade of C+ or better
ESL WG84 with a grade of C+ or better
Completion of Level II of UCFV's University Foundation Certificate Program
English 12 or English Literature 12 with a final grade of A
Technical and Professional Communication 12 with a final grade of A
LPI score of 30/40 or level 5 or better in the essay section
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 570 or better (or 230 if computer-based score), plus a minimum TWE (Essay) score of 4.0
MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) score of at least 85
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) score of at least 70
CanTEST score of at least 4.5 in Listening and Reading; a score of 4.0 in Writing.
Cambridge Proficiency Examination — competence level of C
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
UCFV English Language Assessment — results equivalent to completion of UCFV's University Foundation Certificate Program Level 2 compulsory ESL core courses or articulated equivalent
This course offers an introduction to the principles of effective communications in academic and professional settings. Examines the use of various media as well as the processes of oral and written communications. Students will be required to develop and demonstrate research, summary, and organizational skills in oral presentations, letters, memos, and short reports.

CMNS 1753 credits
Writing for the Internet
Prerequisite(s): Familiarity with computers, and same prerequisite as CMNS 125
Pre- or corequisite(s): CIS 145
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of writing for the Internet. Students will study the particular challenges posed by online communication, and explore approaches and technologies that make possible effective communication to a networked audience.

CMNS 1803 credits
Introduction to Intercultural Communication
Prerequisite(s): Same prerequisite as CMNS 125
This course is an introduction to intercultural communication theory and practice. Students will understand and be able to use concepts relating to cross-cultural knowledge, awareness, and understanding as they apply to cross-cultural communication situations. Students will learn the basics of cross-cultural communication using language, writing, and nonverbal communication. 

CMNS 2123 credits
Applied Communications
Prerequisite(s): A C or better in one of CMNS 125, CMNS 155, CMNS 165, or English 105
This course assists students to develop practical strategies to communicate clearly to a variety of different audiences. Topics include the role and function of specialist languages in advertising, advocacy, and the media; social marketing; audience analysis; and desktop publishing.
Note: Credit cannot be obtained for both CMNS 212 and MACS 212.

CMNS 2353 credits
Oral Communications
Prerequisite(s): None
This course focuses on the principles and psychology of effective speaking. Specific areas include informal presentations to small groups, formal presentations, meetings, the use of audio visual aids, developing the voice and improving body language. Videotaped feedback is an important part of the course.

CMNS 2513 credits
Professional Report Writing
Prerequisite(s): C or higher in one of CMNS 115, CMNS 125, CMNS 145, CMNS 155, CMNS 165, ENGL 105
This course teaches advanced skills for short to mid-length informational and analytical reports common to the workplace. Students learn to research, interpret, organize, and critically evaluate information. There is an emphasis on solving problems, using evidence, making carefully informed decisions and realistic recommendations as well as adapting the message to the audience. The importance of document design, accurate documentation of sources, responsible use of rhetoric, and clear and purposeful writing are strongly promoted.

CMNS 3123 credits
Introduction to Public and Community Relations
Prerequisite(s): A first-year Communications course, or ENGL 105, or CMNS/MACS 212 with a C or better.
This course provides an introduction to the principles and publications of public and community relations. Students will develop practical strategies to communicate to a variety of audiences. Students will work to produce a basic press kit (press release, backgrounder, brochure) for a specific event.

CMNS 3253 credits
Writing for the Sciences and Technologies
Prerequisite(s): One of CMNS 125, CMNS 145, or ENGL 105 with a C or better
An introduction to advanced principles and practical applications of written and oral communication for the Sciences. Emphasis is on professional, technical communications to a wide range of audiences, including popular newspapers and magazines, and scientific journals. Topics covered include the ethics of scientific communication, using computers in research and in the writing process, defining audiences, designing documents, using visual aids, and effective oral presentations.

CMNS 3454 credits
Instructional Skills for Professionals
Prerequisite(s): Students must have completed 30 credits of university-transfer courses, including 3 credits of CMNS or ENGL with a C or better. The Communications Department strongly recommends taking CMNS 250, CMNS 251, or CMNS 235.

This course provides an opportunity to design and teach lessons to diverse audiences in three domains (psychomotor, affective, cognitive) using a variety of media and strategies. Developing lesson plans, using instructional technologies, developing and using evaluation techniques, and conducting on-the-job training are the focus of the course.
Note: Some public speaking skills are assumed in this course.
Note: Students with ADED 345 may not take CMNS 345 for further credit.

CMNS 3513 credits
Professional Formal Research Report Writing
Prerequisite(s): C or higher in CMNS 251
This course focuses on the process and production of one long research document commonly used in business, industry, information technology, the arts, the natural and social sciences, and humanities. Students learn to propose and manage a research project in their career field and to practice proven research skills and methods and responsible documentation of sources. They will also learn to analyze, evaluate, and organize evidence, ideas, and arguments, as well as to compose, design, revise, and evaluate their document.

CMNS 3604 credits
Advocacy and Proposal Writing
Prerequisite(s): CMNS 250 or CMNS 251and one of CMNS 125, 155, 212, ENGL 105, or MACS 212.
Students will learn advocacy and proposal writing at an advanced level. The courses focuses on research proposals, funding proposals, persuasive requests to municipal and regional governments, service proposals, and advocacy campaigns to advocate social change. Students will be required to demonstrate advanced and focused secondary research skills, especially with government documents. This course will address the writing skills connected to larger social and political issues.

CMNS 3753 credits
Document Design, Desktop and Web Publishing
Prerequisite(s): C or better in one of CMNS 115, 125, 145, 155, 165, or one of English 105 -- 170 with a C or better, familiarity with word-processing software and the Internet is essential for success in this course
This course focuses on the theory and practice of document design, typography, desktop and Web publishing. Students will apply their knowledge in design to a variety of documents including brochures, newsletters, web pages, online publications, etc.

CMNS 3853 credits
Language and Action: A Survey of Contemporary Rhetoric
Prerequisite(s): 45 credits of university-transfer courses including a first-year Communications or English course
Students will investigate major schools of contemporary rhetorical theory in an effort to understand the paradigms governing language use in contemporary social and linguistic environments. Rhetoric always includes study of the ways language serves as a call to action; in this course, the emphasis will be on the ways language acts -- in itself, on the user, and on the discourse community.
This course is offered as both CMNS 385 and ENGL 385. Students may take only one of these for credit.

CMNS 4124 credits
Community and Public Relations Practicum
Prerequisite(s): CMNS 312, or 6 credits of CMNS 200 level or higher (must include one of: CMNS 212, CMNS 250, CMNS 251, CMNS 325, CMNS 360, or CMNS 375), or instructor's permission.
Provides students with supervised practical applied experience in community and public relations. Students will have an opportunity to practice skills gained in prerequisite courses and will receive feedback about their competencies. Students will meet for a monthly feedback seminar with the instructor and will be expected to contribute weekly to an online discussion forum.
Before starting practicum placements, students must sign a practicum agreement.

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