Academic Calendar

Communications

For information on the Composition Placement Test please visit Assessment Services (ufv.ca/Assessment).

For equivalencies of the prerequisites listed below, contact the department head. Students who do not have a prerequisite for first year Communications courses should take CMNS 099.

Students interested in Communications courses may also be interested in Critical Analysis and Study Methodology (CSM) courses CSM 104, CSM 108, and CSM 208.


English language proficiency requirements

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

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester.

CMNS 120

4 credits

Communicating in University

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: (C or better in one of English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, or English 12) or (CPT score of 47) or evidence of any test score or course grade listed under the Degree/diploma-level English language proficiency standards in the UFV academic calendar at
www.ufvca/calendar/current/General/EnglishProficiency.htm.

In this writing course, students focus on research, writing, and speaking skills within their particular disciplines. Students will learn how to identify a research problem, design a related project, and produce an academic essay or report. They will also use the research to construct a new message for a popular or workplace audience. Students will gain skills to communicate effectively with professors and professionals.

CMNS 125

3 credits

Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: (C+ or better in English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, or English 12) or (CPT score of 48) or evidence of any test score or course grade listed under the Degree/diploma-level English language proficiency standards in the UFV academic calendar at
www.ufv.ca/calendar/current/General/EnglishProficiency.htm.

This course introduces the theory and practice of professional communications for academic and workplace audiences. Emphasis is on the communication process, and on direct, indirect, and persuasive messages and presentations. Research, citation/documentation styles, document design and electronic messaging are also studied and practiced.

Note: Students with credit for CMNS 155 cannot take this course for further credit.

CMNS 126

3 credits

Communicating Visually in Organizations

Prerequisite(s): None.

Introduces the fundamentals of visual communication including psychological and physiological image perception, psychology of color, and principles of effective composition applied to the context of organizational communication. Students will practice using these theoretical guidelines in hands-on projects involving photography, video, computer graphics, and interactive design.

CMNS 140

3 credits

Interpersonal Skills for the Workplace

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: (C+ or better in English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, or English 12) or (CPT score of 48) or evidence of any test score or course grade listed under the Degree/diploma-level English language proficiency standards in the UFV academic calendar at www.ufv.ca/calendar/current/General/EnglishProficiency.htm

An introductory course focusing on interpersonal communication primarily between two people and within small groups. Students will reflect on how their own behaviours and responses affect others. Basic skills for workplace contexts, including customer/client relationships, will be practiced and applied.

CMNS 145

3 credits

Technical Communications for Drafting

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into Architectural Drafting Technician certificate.

Introduces general principles of effective written and oral communication for students enrolled in UFV's Architectural Drafting Technician certificate program. The focus is on commonly used reports (e.g., progress, field, site investigation), technical correspondence, and presentations.

CMNS 175

3 credits

Writing for the Internet

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: C+ or better in English 12, CPT score of 48, or evidence of any test score or course grade listed under the Degree/diploma-level English language proficiency standards in the UFV academic calendar at www.ufv.ca/calendar/current/General/EnglishProficiency.htm.

An introduction to the theory and practice of writing professionally for the Internet. Students will study the particular challenges posed by digital communication and explore approaches and technologies that make possible effective communication to a networked audience.

Note: Students will be required to participate in global social media environments.

CMNS 180

3 credits

Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Prerequisite(s): None.

Students explore theory and practice relating to cross-cultural knowledge, awareness, and understanding; investigate similarities and differences among their own and other worldviews and identities; practice verbal and non-verbal intercultural skills; and learn about the importance of self-reflexivity, flexibility, and mindfulness in their intercultural interactions.

CMNS 212

3 credits

Introduction to Media and Public Relations

Prerequisite(s): One of CMNS 115, CMNS 125, CMNS 145, CMNS 155, CMNS 175 or ENGL 105.

Getting a tailored message to a specific target audience in today’s complex media environment requires analysis, creativity, and skill. This course examines the communications process, the public relations environment, and both new and mainstream media engagement.

Note: This course is offered as CMNS 212 and MACS 212. Students may take only one of these for credit.

CMNS 235

3 credits

Public Speaking

Prerequisite(s): None

This course focuses on the principles and psychology of effective speaking. Specific areas include informal presentations to small groups, formal presentations, meeting management, workshop facilitation the use of presentation aids, developing the voice, and improving body language. Videotaped feedback is an important part of the course.

Note: Instructors require 80% attendance for this course. Regular participation and attendance at meeting speaking dates are required.

CMNS 251

3 credits

Professional Report Writing

Prerequisite(s): One of CMNS 115, CMNS 125, CMNS 145, CMNS 155, CMNS 175, or ENGL 105.

Advanced skills for short to mid-length reports in both print and digital formats. Students learn to research, interpret, organize, and evaluate information. Document design, accurate documentation of sources, responsible use of rhetoric, and clear and purposeful writing are strongly promoted.

CMNS 257

3 credits

Environment: Science and Communications

Prerequisite(s): (One of CMNS 125, CMNS 175, or ENGL 105) and (GEOG 103 or any 100-level lab science course).

Introduces students to the methods of scientific inquiry and the principles of effective communication in environmental science. Students will apply the scientific method to case studies of environmental issues to highlight challenges and possible solutions at local, regional, and national scales, while exploring the interface between science, politics, and popular perceptions. Students will also use research methods and digital tools to gather and share qualitative and quantitative data with various audiences, including stakeholder groups, other scientists, policy makers, and the general public.

Note: A field trip outside of class time may be required. Please refer to the department website for scheduling information.

Note: This course is offered as GEOG 257 and CMNS 257. Students may take only one of these for credit.

CMNS 280

3 credits

Team and Small Group Communication for the Workplace

Prerequisite(s): CSM 108, or one of the following: CMNS 125, CMNS 155, CMNS 175, or ENGL 105.

Workplace communication often requires both team and small group interactions. This course expands on skills learned in introductory communication courses by specifically addressing oral and written strategies used when working in teams and/or groups. A focus woven throughout the course will be on diversity and the development of group cohesion and task outcomes. Students will learn principles and practices used for group communication applied to both a face-to-face and virtual context. The course will examine how to assess when group vs. individual work should be used. It will focus on group/team development, membership, leadership, mentorship, and the dynamics of collaboration. Verbal, nonverbal, and listening techniques and strategies will be covered.

CMNS 300

3 credits

Introduction to the Practice of Journalism

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: CMNS 125, CMNS 175, or ENGL 105.

Covers the fundamentals of news writing and reporting used in newsrooms across different forms of media and explores community-focused journalistic investigation including interviewing and fact gathering. Introduces a variety of fundamental practices such as writing headlines, leads, captions and features, image selection, news analysis, digital production, and routine newsroom operations.

Note: This course is offered as CMNS 300 and JRNL 300. Students may take only one of these for credit.

CMNS 301

3 credits

Multimedia Journalism

Prerequisite(s): CMNS 300/JRNL 300 and one of CMNS 126, VA 119, VA 160, VA 180, FILM 260, or GD 281.

Note: Students who have taken MACS 235 or ENGL 215, or have experience in journalistic writing, can request instructor approval.

Students will apply foundational skills of researching, interviewing, and writing to the three most common digital reporting formats – photography, videography and sound. The course emphasizes adapting the tools and capabilities of digital technologies to produce examples of professionally crafted journalistic storytelling.

This course is offered as CMNS 301 and JRNL 301. Students may take only one of these for credit.

CMNS 312

3 credits

Public Relations Campaigns

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: CMNS 212/MACS 212, CMNS 280, CMNS 300, CMNS 316, CMNS 360, or nine credits of CMNS and/or MACS courses.

This course explores how social, political, and commercial advancements are often sparked by public relations campaigns. CMNS 312 gives students the opportunity to strategize and plan persuasive campaigns designed to gain attention and motivate targeted audiences to take action.

CMNS 316

3 credits

Communicating for Social Media

Prerequisite(s): 60 university-level credits, including CMNS 251

This course focuses on writing for social media and examines the rise of web-based communication tools and technologies that create a demand for new ways of writing. Writing in this context needs to be concise, engaging, valuable, authentic, and focused. Communication is now expected to almost be instant. Conversations and decisions are made virtually. This course explores the techniques needed to communicate effectively using social media as well as a variety of web-based technologies.
Note: Students will be required to participate in global social media environments.

CMNS 320

3 credits

Editing Principles and Applications

Prerequisite(s): 45 university-level credits including CMNS 251.

Students will examine the types, principles, and processes of editing in a variety of contexts: journalistic, academic, technical, and business. Paying particular attention to the practice of editing in the online environment, students will gain sufficient understanding and practice to work as independent editors of small, in-house publications or alongside established editors of larger publications.

CMNS 325

3 credits

Writing for the Sciences and Technologies

Prerequisite(s): 45 university-level credits, including one of the following: CMNS 125, CMNS 145, CMNS 155, CMNS 175, or ENGL 105.

An introduction to advanced principles and applications of written and oral communication for the sciences. Topics covered include the ethics of scientific communication, incorporating online tools in research and writing, defining audiences, designing documents, using visual aids, and preparing presentations.

CMNS 335

4 credits

Advanced Public Speaking

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: (45 university-level credits including either CMNS 235 or CMNS 345) or (EDUC 410, 445, and 490). Note: students with at least 60 credits and some background in public speaking can contact the instructor for permission.

Students will develop advanced skills through public delivery of presentations and analysis of landmark and contemporary speeches. Students will give presentations, develop workshops, manage meetings, practice rhetorical technique, and demonstrate leadership skills.

CMNS 340

3 credits

Storytelling for Professional Applications

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: CMNS 335, CMNS 345/ADED 345, CMNS 445/ADED 445, or (CMNS 235 and 45 university-level credits).

Prepares students to apply storytelling and visual communication methods as a means of communicating to influence, motivate, or persuade in a professional context. The focus is on how to combine a great story with a strong visual presentation by incorporating both narrative writing and storytelling techniques, as well as introducing the use of graphic elements to enhance professional communications.

CMNS 345

4 credits

Instructional Skills for the Workplace

Prerequisite(s): 45 university-level credits, including CMNS 251 and 3 additional credits of CMNS.

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. Students prepare, deliver, and debrief three short mini-lessons using a variety of instructional practices, technologies, and evaluation techniques for conducting workplace training.

Note: Students with credit for ADED 345 cannot take this course for further credit.

CMNS 351

3 credits

Professional Formal Research Report Writing

Prerequisite(s): 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 353

3 credits

Research in Organizations

Prerequisite(s): 45 university-level credits, including CMNS 251.

Students will learn theoretical approaches to communications in organizational research. They will identify primary and secondary data sources and conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses. They will examine how to document and apply research ethically in various organizational contexts for a variety of stakeholders and audiences. Students will not conduct primary research using human subjects but will create a research plan.

CMNS 360

3 credits

Advocacy Writing

Prerequisite(s): 45 university-level credits including one of the following: CMNS 125, CMNS 155, CMNS 175, CMNS 212, ENGL 105, or MACS 212. CMNS 251 or another second year CMNS course is recommended.

Students will practice advocacy writing at an advanced level. The course focuses on writing persuasive requests, advocacy planning, media planning, implementing strategy, and writing advocacy campaigns for social change. This course will address the writing skills connected to larger social and political issues.

Note: Students will be required to participate in global social media environments.

CMNS 375

3 credits

Print and Digital Document Design

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: CMNS 125, CMNS 145, CMNS 175, or ENGL 105.

Focuses on the social, cultural, and technological issues of print and digital publication design and distribution. Students apply their knowledge to a variety of documents including but not limited to brochures, newsletters, and interactive PDFs. Students collaborate on a project to build a marketing campaign package using several types of print and digital documents.

CMNS 380

3 credits

Communicating in the Cross-Generational Workplace

Prerequisite(s): 45 university-level credits including CMNS 251.

This course is designed to provide students with the skills needed to interact and communicate within a day-to-day workplace environment and build on the potential of a cross-generational workplace. Students will learn how to use a variety of communication strategies from various world views to effectively draw on the strengths of a cross-generational team, in a variety of Canadian workplace contexts.

CMNS 385

3 credits

Language as Persuasion; Communications Theory in Action

Prerequisite(s): 60 university-level credits, including one 200-level CMNS, ENGL, MACS, or PHIL course.

Students will analyze the ways language is persuasive in the world around them. Students are introduced to a variety of communications/rhetorical theories and will use them to analyze the means of persuasion in diverse contemporary contexts such as advertising, social media, graffiti, and social movements.

This course is offered as CMNS 385 and ENGL 385. Students may take only one of these for credit.

CMNS 390

3 credits

Designing User-friendly Guides, Manuals, and Instructions

Prerequisite(s): 45 university-level credits including CMNS 251.
For CIS program students, CIS 285 is recommended.

Effective end-user documentation, both print and online, requires consideration of several key factors. The focus of this course is on gathering information and on structuring and designing documentation for the needs of the end-users. Students will apply the process for effective documentation to a number of exercises and as part of a collaborative team, design a user-friendly document for a specific group as the term project.

CMNS 399

4 credits

Special Topics in Professional Communications

Prerequisite(s): 60 university-level credits including CMNS 251 and one CMNS course 300-level and above.

This course involves in-depth examination of a selected topic in communications that is not addressed in current course offerings. Development and application of professional communications skill sets will be stressed. Topics covered will vary from year to year.

Note: This course will be offered under different letter designations (e.g. C-Z) representing different topics. This course may be repeated for credit provided the letter designation differs.

CMNS 412

4 credits

Communications Practicum

Prerequisite(s): 60 university-level credits, including nine credits of upper-level CMNS and department head permission.

Supervised practical applied experience in community and public relations or professional writing and speaking. Students will have an opportunity to practice skills gained in prerequisite courses and will receive feedback about their competencies from both the instructor and practicum supervisor.

CMNS 420

4 credits

Virtual Team Communication

Prerequisite(s): 60 university-level credits including one of the following: CMNS 235, CMNS 251, or CMNS 280.

Virtual teams are used globally to communicate across boundaries, time zones, technologies, cultures, disciplines, and professional contexts. This course blends face-to-face instruction with virtual learning to connect students with the specialized strategies, technologies, tools, and methods to facilitate virtual teams.

Note: Students will be required to participate in global social media environments.

CMNS 430

3 credits

Communication for Project Management

Prerequisite(s): 60 university-level credits including CMNS 251.

This course prepares students to communicate as collaborative, effective, and efficient project team leaders and participants. Students will be introduced to a variety of project management documents and team roles, and will learn written, oral, and interpersonal communication strategies that enhance project success and team experience.

CMNS 445

4 credits

Facilitating Skills for the Workplace

Prerequisite(s): CMNS 345, or 45 university-level credits including CMNS 235 or CMNS 280

The student will develop and apply approaches to facilitating for diverse group situations and workplace learning communities. Students will develop core competencies for managing learners, teams, groups, and committees. The facilitator provides skills, guides discussions, and encourages the group to reach conclusions.

Note: Some public speaking skills are assumed in this course.

Students with credit for ADED 445 cannot take this course for further credit.

CMNS 465

3 credits

Grant and Proposal Writing

Prerequisite(s): 60 university-level credits including one of the following: CMNS 212, CMNS 251, or CMNS 312.

Students will make a persuasive case in grants, proposals, letters of intent, and cover letters. Students will write and design a persuasive case document, research potential donors, prepare a budget, and articulate the ethical dimensions of grants management.
Note: Students will be required to participate in global social media environments.

Note: Students with credit for CMNS 365 cannot take this course for further credit.

CMNS 480

3 credits

Crisis Communication

Prerequisite(s): 60 university-level credits, including six credits of lower-level and three credits of upper-level MACs and/or CMNS.

Canadian and international examples are used to explore how to (and how not to) deal with crises and serious challenges to public safety. To do so, this course draws on both theoretical and practical approaches to communicating strategically with diverse audiences in crises.

Note: This course is offered as CMNS 480 and MACS 480. Students may take only one of these for credit.

CMNS 490

4 credits

Directed Studies in Communications

Prerequisite(s): 60 university-level credits, including at least 12 credits of CMNS, of which 9 credits must be 300-level or higher, and written permission of the instructor and the department.

Students will pursue independent study of a communications issue, theme, or problem and apply that research to a workplace-based project. The completed project must display the student’s writing ability, knowledge of audience, and thorough familiarity with the topic area.

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