CMNS 412: Communications Practicum

Course Description

This course provides students with 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. Students will meet for feedback seminars 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. UFV reserves the right not to place a student into a practicum if, in the opinion of the faculty, the student is not ready to be placed or if the available placements’ requirements do not match the student’s skill set.


  • This course is graded on a  Credit/No Credit basis.
  • Students with credit for CMNS 413 cannot take this course for further credit.


60 university-level credits completed, at least 12 must be from CMNS, of which 9 credits must be 300-level and above, and instructor permission. Students must complete an interview with the faculty liaison including presenting a portfolio of their CMNS work as part of the interview process

Course Approval Process and Deadlines

Applications are due before registering for the class. Please contact Samantha Pattridge at for application and course information.  

Students must contact the faculty liaison or the department head prior to registering for CMNS 412 (i.e. apply in June for a practicum in September and October for a practicum in January). Practicum placements will be made by the faculty. These placements will be determined after an interview with the student and a review of their portfolio. Placements are subject to availability and approval of the field practice supervisor.

Course Requirements

Practicum experiences are graded on a Credit /No Credit basis. Students will be expected to work 80 to 100 hours for the practicum placement agency, either on-site or self-directed, in addition to completing specific assignments for the faculty liaison. Faculty, in consultation with the individual practicum supervisor, assigns the grade when the required number of hours and all assignments have been completed.

The grade of Credit/No Credit for CMNS 412 will be based on satisfactory completion of all of the following:

  • Work Plan
  • Attendance/participation, online postings
  • Field placement log book  
  • Progress report
  • Final portfolio and project presentation
  • Field placement evaluation, to be completed by the field placement supervisor
    • This evaluation will consider:
      • Level of professionalism
      • Areas of improvement
      • Writing skills
      • Communication skills
      • Teamwork skills
      • Ability to meet deadlines
      • Willingness to take instruction or incorporate feedback
      • Ability to work independently  
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