Communications Courses

Communications and Public Relations are competitive fields, so having an international experience will allow you to navigate the tough job market with greater confidence. Overseas study is one of the best ways to keep up in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing global world. Regardless of which destination you choose, you will learn first-hand the ways in which cultural norms influence the practice of Communications, Journalism, Media and PR in that country.
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CREDITS: 3 North American credits / 39 lecture hours + excursions

This immersive course is comprised of 2 Modules and offers a powerful understanding of how to successfully manage a service business with practical, hands-on training in writing and presentations. The objective of this program is to introduce students to service management concepts and literature to build their abilities to improve service in any business setting. Since communication is a key component of service delivery, significant time is spent learning and practicing spoken and written communication.

Module 1: Business Communications
Student’s capabilities in written communication, oral presentation and non-verbal communication are developed and enhanced within a business and management context. Report and technical writing, presentation preparation, public speaking, business etiquette, negotiation skills, time management and inter-personal communication skills are among the topics emphasised. The IWIBM integrates business communications with service management and students will make presentations on the core business challenges discussed in service management.

Module 2: Service Management
This module helps students to understand how service organisations can best design themselves for effective and professional customer service. Company visits and guest speakers are arranged to help students better understand the theories.

Cultural activities include team building, sightseeing tour and a ski trip to Mt. Washington Alpine Resort. The aim is to help students become familiar with Canadian culture and society, enhance their social communication skills, experience service in the hospitality sector first-hand, apply what they learn in class to everyday life, and enjoy Vancouver Island.

COURSE: CPMCCP150
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: July: Session 3, B

This course introduces students to the strategic roles and functions of the Public Relations (PR) practitioner. Students evaluate the context in which PR is practiced, gain an understanding of the potential and practice of PR as a management function, and critically analyze the structure of PR management, its role, and techniques. In addition, students will be introduced to the rhetorical arguments that impact PR activities and will be made aware of the importance of professionalism and ethics in the practice of public relations.

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COURSE: CPMCSM320
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: July: Session 1, A

Pre-requisite: One communication course or equivalent.

What do we mean by “”community””? How do we encourage, discuss, analyze, understand, design, and participate in healthy communities in the age of many-to-many media? With the advent of virtual communities, smart mobs, and online social networks, old questions about the meaning of human social behavior have taken on renewed significance. Although this course is grounded in theory, it is equally rooted in practice, and much of the class discussion takes place in social cyberspaces. This course requires the active engagement of students and a willingness to experience a full immersion in social media practices. Much of the class discussion takes place in a variety of virtual world environments during and between face-to-face class meetings. Students who participate in this course will actively and productively engage in established and emerging forms of social media – and have some notion of how these practices affect the self and the community.

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COURSE: DIVCDF190
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: July Sessions: 4, B

Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, or similar software, is highly recommended.

This course centres on visual communication design as a human communication problem and focuses on essential aspects of the profession and of the education of designers. The visual communication designer works on the interpretation, organisation, and visual presentation of messages. Sensitivity toward form should go hand in hand with sensitivity toward content. Visual designers concentrate their work on the effectiveness, appropriateness, beauty, and budget of the messages. Through a series of tasks and exercises, the ubiquitous presence of visual communication principles will let the student see the many aspects of shape, colour, space, typography and movement more compellingly as manifestations of one coherent medium. Topics include the study of space, colour, frame, layout theory through the principles of Gestalt Psychology and other fundamentals concepts. The course will focus primarily on the basic computer programs for visual communication from the Adobe Suite. This class includes experiential learning with CEMI.

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COURSE: COMM 157
CREDITS: 4 US credits

Analysis of how following personal lives of media-created celebrities impacts self-esteem, connectedness, and personal relationships from cultural studies and social sciences perspectives, and how entities cultivate celebrity for financial gain. Topics include celebrity gossip and privacy, news sharing, public relations, and impact of social media on fan support, image construction, and damage control.

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COURSE: COMM 100
CREDITS: 4 US credits

Pre-requisite: Course 10 or Linguistics 1 or Sociology 1 or Psychology 10.

Analysis of fundamental nature of human communication; its physical, linguistic, psychological, and sociological bases. Study of theoretical models explicating process and constituents of communicative act.

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COURSE: COMM 148
CREDITS: 4 US credits

Examination of key concepts and methods in marketing communications in both traditional and digital media. Development and execution of communications strategies, with primary emphasis on consumer insight, branding, market segmentation and positioning, message strategy, promotion, and execution of marketing communications through appropriate media technologies.

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COURSE: COMM 10
CREDITS: 5 Units

Introduction to fields of mass communication and interpersonal communication. Study of modes, media, and effects of mass communication, interpersonal processes, and communication theory.

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COURSE: COMM 1
CREDITS: 4 US credits

Pre-requisite: Satisfaction of Entry-Level Writing.

Examination of foundations of communication and public speaking. Consideration of number of basic theories related to study of communication and development of skills to enable composition and delivery of speeches in accordance with specific rhetorical concepts. Improvement of ability to analyze, organize, and critically think about communicative messages while becoming better equipped to articulate ideas.

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COURSE: COMM M147
CREDITS: 4 US credits

Studies in relationship between mass communication and social organization. Topics include history and organization of major media institutions, social forces that shape production of mass media news and entertainment, selected studies in media content, and effects of media on society.

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COURSE: MGMT 180
CREDITS: 4 US credits

Topics of special interest to undergraduate students. Specific subjects may vary each term depending on particular interest of instructors or students. Focus on proven methods for succeeding in one-on-one interactions, small groups, and large audiences. Topics include accelerating trust and rapport, best question-asking strategies, executive communication skills, strengthening leadership presence, strengthening one’s relationships, network and reputation, and staying poised under pressure.

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COURSE: COMM 114
CREDITS: 4 US credits

Explanation of types of communication that occur in close relationships, especially romantic relationships. In-depth coverage of variety of relationship topics, including intimacy, stages of intimate relationships, why we choose to get involved with some people as opposed to others, flirting, and self-disclosure.

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COURSE: ISSU9DM
CREDITS: 10 UK credits (24 contact hours + independent study & full-day excursion)
OFFERED: Session 1

This strategic communications module will give an introduction to methods and tools for the understanding, analysis and manipulation of social data. Students will learn about social network analysis, sentiment analysis and topic modelling. They will develop an understanding of how these can help marketers work on their strategies, how journalists write their stories and policymakers take decisions. This module gives students the opportunity to learn about the basic models of social data analysis and cutting-edge methods and software for data analysis.

CREDITS: 3 North American credits / 39 lecture hours & academic projects

Students’ capabilities in written communication, oral presentation and non-verbal communication are developed and enhanced within a business and management context. Report and technical writing, presentation preparation, public speaking, business etiquette, negotiation skills, time management and interpersonal communication skills are among the topics emphasised. The ISIBM integrates business communications with business education, and students will make presentations on the core business challenges that are discussed in Module 2.

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