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COMM300: Foundations of Professional Communication

Provides a foundation in professional and practical communication through examination of the goals, norms, values and ethics that characterize individuals and the discourse communities to which they belong. Offers a strengths-based approach that allows students to develop teamwork skills, to document their personal, academic and professional achievement, and to identify appropriate career/education goals based in positive awareness of self and others. Serves as the basis for students’ intentional formation of their professional identity and for portfolio development in COMM490: Professional Portfolio.
Course Credits: 3.0

COMM310: Theoretical Foundations in Communication

Introduces the fundamentals of human communication: its physical, linguistic, psychological, and sociological bases and examines some of the major perspectives in communication theory. Surveys the evolution of human communication and the development of communication theories. Includes a practical, case-based study of contemporary approaches and applications in communication studies. Concludes with a critical examination of the impact new technologies have on the way we communicate with each other.
Course Credits: 3.0

COMM320: Fundamentals of Professional Writing

Examines the elements of skillful professional writing, including grammar and punctuation. Introduces students to efficient research, organization, composition, and persuasive, logical argumentation, and the fundamental principles of business, scientific, technical, and scholarly writing. A series of writing projects enable students to develop a rhetorically grounded approach for analyzing communication situations and then designing and writing documents.
Course Credits: 3.0

COMM325: Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

Provides an intensive introduction to public speaking theories and techniques relating to effective speaking and presentation skills. Combines classroom instruction with the opportunity for development and practice in different types of speeches, audience analysis, vocal mastery and non-verbal communication. Explores use of audiovisual aids through individual and group learning activities and lab-based instruction in multimedia presentation.
Course Credits: 3.0

COMM330: Digital Communication

Introduces students to the canon of primary research in digital communication, and helps learners to become competent readers and interpreters of research literature. Enables students to think about primary research in terms of practical problems by allowing them to apply the solutions and understandings developed in the research canon to newer systems. Equips students to interpret primary research and, in a structured way, apply their interpretations to their own experience of more current systems to develop an understanding of what sort of systems will help support what sorts of goals.
Course Credits: 3.0

COMM350: Interpersonal Communication Across Cultures

Provides a fundamental introduction to interpersonal communication across cultures. Examines key concepts including culture, race, ethnicity, stereotypes and generalizations, values, expectations and assumptions. Leads students to consider intercultural and interpersonal competencies and strategies for their professional and personal life. Focuses on applied outcomes of intercultural/interpersonal communication theory.
Course Credits: 3.0

COMM365: Media and Cultural Studies

Introduces the major theories of mass communication and the structure of mass communication, popular culture systems, and their economic, technological and institutional dimensions. Students learn to recognize that the meaning, form, and value of cultural products cannot be separated from the social context in which they are produced and received.
Course Credits: 3.0

COMM375: Visual Communication

Considers the role and significance of Visual Communication in shaping contemporary communications practice. Visual Communication is considered from various perspectives, including, but not limited to, the relationship between different media and visual communication, visual narrative, visual rhetoric, and visual design. Emphasis is placed on developing effective visual communicative practice through a strategic understanding of visual communication theory.
Course Credits: 3.0

COMM380: Writing for Business and Government

Develops the techniques of research, organization, and writing that produce professional material for the contemporary workplace. Students practice writing based on real work situations, learning the critical thinking skills required to write effectively in a variety of circumstances. Situation-based assignments.
Course Credits: 3.0

COMM400: Practicum - Professional Experience in Communication

Provides a supported, structured learning experience that prepares students for careers as professional communicators. Students lead the planning phase of a guided professional placement with a client/organization of their choice, and then complete a number of steps typical of professional communication management and service delivery.
Course Credits: 3.0

COMM415: Global Communication

Provide insights into and an analytical framework for understanding the growth and role of communication technologies in the international arena. In the past few decades, quite dramatic changes to the nature of social, cultural and political interactions have taken place. These changes stem from many sources – some at the level of policy, some rooted in technology, other still in economics. This course explores these changes and positions communication technologies and their use within this altered landscape.
Course Credits: 3.0

COMM420: Media Project

Introduces the technical, creative, analytical and practical skills needed for developing imultimedia projects designed to engage intended audiences. Familiarizes students with the entire media project planning, production, delivery and publicity process. Provides opportunities to practice a range of techniques including photo essay composition, sound recording and editing, integration of visuals, live interview recording, animation of text and graphics, web/graphic design, and digital video editing.
Course Credits: 3.0

COMM430: Rhetoric: Theory and Practice

Advances an Aristotelian understanding of rhetoric as art and method. For the purpose of this course, rhetoric is reduced to two operations, identification and argument. Students apply the principles of rhetoric to develop a social message campaign, to raise their performance in online communities, and to develop effective presentations.
Course Credits: 3.0

COMM435: Research Methods

This course offers students an introduction to research methods in communication. It is designed to assist students in developing the necessary skills to: a) understand methods that support professional practice in the field of professional communication; b) critically evaluate research conducted and reported by others; c) plan appropriate research projects to address a question within an organizational context; and d) identify methodological issues and practices relevant to various research environments and inquiries. Students will learn the benefits and limitations of both quantitative and qualitative methods used in a professional context, and will learn how to apply different methods to answer a focused research question.
Course Credits: 3.0

COMM440: Organizational Communication

Considers the communication issues of deliberate, purposeful organizations: those intentionally created and maintained to achieve particular outcomes. This approach will be relevant to understanding organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors and examples will be used from all three sectors. There will be an emphasis upon the culture and strategy of leadership and governance. Provides a fuller, richer understanding of what organizations are, how they work and how, through your communication practices, to successfully contribute to sustaining or changing the organizations in your own life.
Course Credits: 3.0

COMM445: Crisis Communication Management

Introduces and examines the strategic, theoretical and practical underpinning for global issues and crisis communication management within the public and private sectors, focusing on issues, risk and crisis communication in a contemporary organizational context.
Course Credits: 3.0

COMM450: Writing for the Media

Introduces writing for newspapers, in-house newsletters, and general interest and consumer-specific magazines and journals, covering topics such as investigation, interviewing, reporting, and feature writing. Students develop interviewing techniques, note-taking methods, editing news and feature articles, and the importance of accuracy, fairness, voice, precision, and style, as well as speed.Students master how to tighten writing, sharpen leads, apply Canadian Press style, write headlines, and apply the principles of layout.
Course Credits: 3.0

COMM460: Communication Ethics

Explores the moral and ethical challenges of professionals working in the communication and media industries. Provides strategies for the student to assess ethical dilemmas in the everyday working life of professional communicators. The course weaves together case studies, the theoretical foundations of ethics, professional ethical codes, and the demands of thinking ethically. The course complements and enriches materials from previous course offerings in the BA in Professional Communication.
Course Credits: 3.0

COMM470: Advertising and Public Relations

Explores some of the applications of good communication practice in advertising, marketing, and public relations. Reviews the importance of effective communication strategies in successful business ventures, and introduces the new field of e-commerce. Students are encouraged to put their knowledge to work through case studies and simulations.
Course Credits: 3.0

COMM490: Professional Portfolio

Provides students with a practical and reflective method for the creation of a professional portfolio. Covers the praxis of developing a professional portfolio that integrates work in the program and feedback from industry professionals. Prepares the student for job application or promotion through the multi-modal expression of the professional identity developed in COMM300: Foundations of Professional Experience. Integrates the role of the ethical and technical elements in portfolio creation and presentation.
Course Credits: 3.0

COMMOTI: Bridge to Communication

Prepares students for a successful launch into their learning journey at Royal Roads University by offering a fully-online introduction to the program and the School of Communication and Culture. Provides overview of the program and course options and introduces students to the RRU technology platforms. Creates opportunity for students to meet and get to know one another in a virtual setting.
Course Credits: 0.0

COMMPRP: Practicum Preparation

Focuses on preparing students for the practicum experience of COMM400. Provides students with career management skills through three phases of introspection, reflection and action related to career planning. During the course, students will complete assignments, activities and participate in discussions related to: exploring strengths and preferences, researching industry, preparing resumes and cover letters, creating an online presence, networking, interviewing, negotiating skills and more.
Course Credits: 0.0