Business Communication Class Assignments Calendar

MPPR-950-01

Public Relations and Corporate Communications Capstone

Capstone is the final academic opportunity to assess and apply your strategic communications skills and knowledge. The course focuses on the comprehensive skills you have built throughout your time in MPS PR/CC by evaluating your writing, strategic thinking, creativity, and ethical framework in a real-time context. During your final challenge, you will apply your strategic communications skills to an existing communications challenge identified by a company/organization of your choosing. Working individually, you will respond to a communication problem or opportunity for your client. At the close of the semester, you will be expected to write and present a well-researched, insightful, creative plan that illuminates how your strategic considerations will lead to positive outcomes for your client. Your plan will tell the story of the original research, implementation plan, timelines and budget necessary to meet the client’s communication goal. Although the primary focus for the semester is on creating a comprehensive plan, there will be in-class assignments to review and diagnose your mastery of specific concepts in strategic communications planning and responsible communication. The capstone experience is intended to ensure you have the strategic skills and confidence necessary to be a leader in responsible communication, and provide a unique networking and career-enhancing opportunity. In addition to the minimum, cumulative grade point average of 3.0 required for graduation from the MPS PR/CC program, you must receive a minimum grade of a B in the capstone course to graduate. Students with a 3.0 cumulative GPA, who receive a final grade of a B- or below may receive one opportunity to retake the course, if approved by the associate dean.

Note: Additional 150 minute distance learning requirement. Course is core requirement for the MPS degree and a minimum grade of "B" is needed to pass. Must have completed MPPR 500-Ethics & MPPR 505 Elements of Communications Planning.

  • Course #: MPPR-950-01
  • CRN: 22469
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor:Spaulding, C.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

Applied Communication (CMNS)

This is a list of the Applied Communication (CMNS) courses available at KPU.

Enrolment in some sections of these courses is restricted to students in particular programs. See the Course Planner - kpu.ca/registration/timetables - for current information about individual courses.

For information about transfer of credit amongst institutions in B.C. and to see how individual courses transfer, go to the BC Transfer Guide bctransferguide.ca

CMNS 11063 Credits

Interactive Communication for the Floristry Workplace

Students will learn how to analyze audience and context in order to communicate effectively orally and in writing, in floristry environments. They will learn basic communication and research strategies, interpersonal communication theory and practice, document conventions, resume design, page design for specialized documents, conflict resolution approaches, and correct language usage.

CMNS 11103 Credits

Fundamentals of Business Communication

Students will be introduced to the interactive relationship between context, message, audience, and purpose in workplace writing. In the process, they will learn basic strategies, with emphasis on grammar and syntax, and current conventions for correspondence and short reports, research and documentation, integration of visual elements. Students will also learn oral report preparation and presentation skills, which they will demonstrate through in-class presentations.

Attributes: PATH-2

CMNS 11153 Credits

Writing for the Specialized Workplace

Students will learn how to analyze audience and context in order to communicate effectively in specialized workplace environments which require sensitivity and the ability to tailor messages for audiences with different, often conflicting, needs and priorities. They will learn basic communication and research strategies, document conventions, teamwork strategies, resume design, page design for specialized document creation, conflict resolution approaches, and correct language usage.

Prerequisites: (LPI 25) or English 12 C, or TPC 12 C or ENGL 1099 or CMNS 1105 or Kwantlen English Placement Test or ABEE 0097 or PSPE 1097 or [ELST 0381 (C+) and 0383 (C+)]

CMNS 11203 Credits

Applied Oral Communications

Students will study the theories, principles and applications of oral communications, and apply these theories and principles to design, develop and deliver effective oral presentations for a variety of contexts.

Prerequisites: English 12 or TPC 12 or ABEE 0091 or PSPE 1091 or ENGP 1091 or LPI 26 or ELST 0381 and 0386 with a B) or ENGL 1099 or ENGQ 1099 or CMNS 1110 or 1105 or Kwantlen English Assessment Test Placement

CMNS 11303 Credits

Introduction to Communication Studies

Students will learn accepted theories of communication, including theories of interpersonal and public speech, literacy, print, and electronic media communication (radio, television, internet). Students will critically examine communication theories as applied to practical issues in the community and in the workplace while conducting individual and group research projects.

Prerequisites: (LPI 24 plus EU#6+) or TPC12 (C+) or English 12 (C+) or ABEE 0091 or PSPE 1091 or ENGP 1091 or CMNS 1110 or ENGL 1099 or CMNS 1105 or Kwantlen English Placement Test or ABEE 0097 or PSPE 1097 or ENGP 1091 or [ELST 0381 (B) and 0383 (B)]

CMNS 11403 Credits

Introduction to Professional Communication

Students will learn how to analyze context and audience, determine purpose, message content, visual design and media in order to create written workplace messages that can be received, understood, used and retrieved with speed and accuracy.

Prerequisites: English 12 (C+) or Technical and Professional Communications 12 (C+) or ABEE 0091 (C) or ABEE 0092 (C) or [ELST 0381 (B) and ELST 0383 (B)] or ENGQ 1099 (C) or CMNS 1110 (C) or Kwantlen English Placement Test or LPI Essay score of 26 or IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or IBT 86 (no sub-score less than 20) or Paper Based TOEFL 570 (TWE 5.5)

CMNS 11603 Credits

Communications and Teamwork

Students will learn how to communicate successfully in small groups: to participate effectively, to collaborate successfully, to build relationships and teams, to determine and support collective goals, and to plan, track and manage projects. They will engage in group activities that emphasize communication skills and enhance interpersonal and creative problem solving skills.

Prerequisites: English 12 (C) or TPC 12 (C) or ABEE 0091 (C) or PSPE 1091 or ENGP 1091(C) or LPI 26 or (ELST 0381 & 0383 with a B-) or Kwantlen English Assessment Test placement

CMNS 11703 Credits

Intercultural Communication

Students will develop an understanding of communication and culture; learn to appreciate cultural diversity and the ways in which cultural differences affect communication, and gain and awareness of the importance of intercultural competence. They will study basic principles and skills for improving communication between persons from different cultural backgrounds.

Prerequisites: English 12 (C+) or ABEE 0091 or ENGP 1091 or PSPE 1091 or ENGL 1099 or Kwantlen English Placement Test or ABEE 0097 or PSPE 1097 or ENGP 1097 or an LPI Essay score of 30-Level 5 or [ELST 0381 (B) and 0383 (B)]

CMNS 12161.5 Credits

Writing for the Specialized Workplace 1

Students will learn how to analyze audience and context in order to communicate effectively in specialized workplace environments which require sensitivity and the ability to tailor messages for audiences with different, often conflicting, needs and priorities. They will learn basic communication strategies, document conventions, resume design, visual design techniques, and correct language usage. The course will be delivered partially online.

Attributes: F2A2

CMNS 12171.5 Credits

Writing for the Specialized Workplace 2

Students will to learn how to analyze audience and context in order to communicate effectively in specialized workplace environments involving persuasion, collaboration and conflict resolution. They will learn basic research strategies, teamwork strategies, page design for specialized document creation, and conflict resolution approaches. The course will be delivered partially online.

Prerequisites: CMNS 1216

Attributes: F2A2

CMNS 21403 Credits
(Formerly CMNS 2130)

Communications for Design Professionals

Students will learn the written and oral communication skills required by marketing design professionals to develop, manage, and communicate complex information in their professional practice. Students will learn the basis of client and project management in agency and organizational contexts, and the principles, theories and techniques required for designing, developing and communicating creative marketing briefs, proposals, reports, and oral pitch presentations.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1100

CMNS 30003 Credits
(Formerly ENTR 3000, ENTR 3500)

Advanced Professional Business Communications

Students will study communications theories and then prepare audience-centred correspondence, proposals, business plans, executive summaries, reviews, commentaries, complex analytical reports and presentations. They will complete written assignments that emphasize critical thinking, writing, and visual literacy.

Prerequisites: 36 credits including CMNS 1140 and ENGL 1100

CMNS 31003 Credits

Technical Report Writing

Students will learn written and oral communication skills required by behavioural science professionals to develop, manage, and communicate complex information in their professional practice. They will learn the principles, theories, and techniques required for designing, developing, and communicating proposals, reports, and project plans, and will apply them to written and oral projects integrated within a project management framework throughout the course.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1100 and 3 credits of any 1200 level ENGL course

CMNS 31203 Credits

Persuasive Writing and Speaking

Students will learn the principles of persuasion and apply them to strategic conversations, dialogues and documents with a variety of audiences. They will also learn rhetorical strategies and techniques that include various ways to identify audience needs, stimulate audience attention, spark audience interest and generate appropriate actions from targeted audiences.

Prerequisites: CMNS 1140 and 45 credits of 1000 and 2000 level courses

CMNS 31303 Credits

Theories of Human Communication

Students will examine the history of human communication, from oral to print to digital media, as that history is reflected in modern theories and practices among individuals and within organizations. They will learn techniques to apply traditional and contemporary communication theories as those theories relate to professional contexts.

Prerequisites: CMNS 1140 and 45 credits of 1000 and 2000 level courses

CMNS 32503 Credits

Digital Media Communication

Students will examine principles and practices of traditional and emergent online digital media. They will learn how to evaluate and choose the most appropriate media to deliver a specific message to a target audience. Students will learn how to develop, analyze, and evaluate products such as social media initiatives, media kits, and customer relations management applications.

Prerequisites: CMNS 1140 and 45 credits of 1100 courses or higher

CMNS 38003 Credits

Managing Project Communications

Students will learn how to plan, develop and manage the communications process from inception to completion. They will apply critical-path methodology, document control, human-resource management and conflict-resolution techniques to team- and multi-authored documentation projects.

Prerequisites: CMNS 1140 and 45 credits of 1100 or higher level courses

CMNS 42503 Credits

Communications Research

Students will conduct primary and secondary research using tools they develop such as surveys, focus groups, observations and interviews. They will be required to manage their quantitative and qualitative data and interpret their results. Students will also learn to collect, interpret and use information taken from subject matter experts, journals and informational databases in order to support their written communications and publications.

Prerequisites: CMNS 3130

CMNS 43003 Credits

Internal Communications

Students will investigate the role of employee communications in organizations by integrating concepts of human resource management and motivational theory. They will focus on common principles and practices of effective internal organizational communications. Students will learn to manage issues through top-down, bottom-up, peer-to-peer and interdepartmental communications. They will learn how to integrate internal communications plans and audits into the overall communications efforts of organizations, either through work projects in real-life organizations or simulated case studies.

Prerequisites: CMNS 1140 and ENTR 3000, 3 credits of a first year ENGL course and 9 credits of courses at the 3000 level or above

CMNS 44003 Credits

External Communications

Students will analyze principles and implement techniques for communication with diverse audiences, using written and visual media, and various social media platforms. Upon completion of the course, students will know how to coordinate organizational efforts to develop an external communications plan (based on real and/or simulated situations) aimed at government regulators, media, community groups, relevant organizations, investors, and/or the public.

Prerequisites: CMNS 1140 and ENTR 3000, 3 credits of a first year ENGL course and 9 credits of courses at the 3000 level or above

Last Updated: 20-Sep-2016

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