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  • Objectives
    Learning outcomes include the ability to think discerningly about communications issues; the development of critical media literacy; an understanding of key historical and contemporary social and ethical issues in media and communication; and an awareness of the various ways in which communications practices support social life and culture. Successful students graduating from the Communication Studies Diploma Program (60 credits) will have the skills and abilities to pursue undergraduate university courses in communication studies, and will be able to obtain entry-level work in communications industries.
  • Entry requirements
    The program provides a foundation for students who are aiming at careers in * journalism * public, community and government affairs * media relations * radio or television * audio visual programming * media administration and research * publishing * policy analysis * communications project development * writing and editing
  • Academic Title
    Communication Studies Diploma
  • Course description
    Core CMNS Courses    Course Credits
    Required:    9.00
    • CMNS 112    Introduction to Communications Studies    3.00
    • CMNS 132    Explorations in Mass Media    3.00
    • CMNS 231    Cultural Industries in Canada    3.00
    Credits    9.00

    Choice    Course Credits
    Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:    3.00
    • CMNS 209    History of Media    3.00
    • CMNS 253    Society and New Media    3.00
    Credits    3.00

    Choice    Course Credits

    Choose 6.00 credits from the following list:    6.00
    • CMNS 222    Decoding Media Strategies    3.00
    • CMNS 235    Understanding News    3.00
    • CMNS 236    Understanding Television    3.00
    Credits    6.00

    Choice    Course Credits

    Choose 6.00 credits from the following list:    6.00
    • CMNS 260    Applied Communications Research Methods    3.00
    • CMNS 261    Interpreting Communications Documents    3.00
    • CMNS 262    Qualitative Research Methods in Communications Studies    3.00
    Credits    6.00

    Choice    Course Credits

    Choose 6.00 credits from the following list:    6.00
    • CMNS 209    History of Media    3.00
    • CMNS 222    Decoding Media Strategies    3.00
    • CMNS 235    Understanding News    3.00
    • CMNS 236    Understanding Television    3.00
    • CMNS 253    Society and New Media    3.00
    • CMNS 270    Visual Communications    3.00
    • CMNS 360    Strategic Communications    3.00
    Credits    6.00

    Electives    Course Credits

    Required:    3.00
    • ENGL 100    Academic Writing Strategies    3.00
    Choose 27.00 credits from the following list:    27.00
    • Humanities (Art History, History, English, Foreign languages, Linguistics, Studio or Performing Arts) credits    9.00
    • Science/Applied Science (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science, Engineering, Geography, Geology, Math, Physics or Kinetics) credits    6.00
    • Social Science (Anthropology, Communications, Criminology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's Studies), Business or Commerce credits    12.00
    Credits    30.00
    Total Program Credits    60.00

    CMNS 112    Introduction to Communications Studies
    3.00 credits    (3,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    This course is intended to introduce students to the history and theory of communication and media. It examines changes in communication technologies and symbol systems starting with the emergence of speech in human society and considers the relationship between the development of new media and forms of communication and patterns of social, political, and cultural development.

    CMNS 115    Communications for Animation
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Students learn various communications skills necessary for success in the animation industry. Content includes presentation, writing and research skills, and scriptwriting for animation.
    Note: This course is restricted to Animation program students.

    CMNS 117    Exploring Popular Culture Through the Media: An Interactive Course for International Students
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    An introductory course for international students that starts with the concept of cultural intelligence and goes on to explore communication and culture in business and academic life. The course encourages students to identify and reflect on vocabulary, cultural values, attitudes and behaviours as these are displayed in radio, television, popular music, cinema, the Internet, video games, books, magazines and newspapers, and uses these areas to assist with communications skill development.

    CMNS 120    Professional Writing for Artists
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course is designed to provide communications skills for practicing artists who need to write professional materials. It includes instruction in document organization and structure, a toolbox approach to grammar and usage, and an introduction to academic writing of essays and reports. The course includes instruction in writing proposals, grant applications and materials for workshop delivery, as well as practice in professional presentations.

    CMNS 123    Fundamentals of Communication for Artists and Designers
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    The objectives are to help students develop theoretical fundamentals of communications. Topics will include interpersonal and group communications; mass media; basic research skills in selected communications topics related to imagery; and oral and written presentations that help students differentiate between description, analysis, critique and interpretation. The course also provides time for discussion of, and practice in, how to give and receive constructive criticism and positive feedback.
    Note: This course is restricted to IDEA program students.

    CMNS 131    Business Writing for Documentary
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course introduces students to business writing for the documentary industry. Students will write correspondence, proposals, fact sheets, production notes, media releases, and résumés using business formats.

    CMNS 132    Explorations in Mass Media
    3.00 credits    (3,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    This course examines the emergence and importance of mass media in society. It explores theoretical considerations and approaches to communications studies including the role of media in democracy, political economy of media, critical studies and media structures. A number of media industries are examined in detail, including print, broadcast and film, and the course considers other issues including new media and globalization. This is a writing intensive course.

    CMNS 152    Communication Skills for Retail Marketing
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This writing for the workplace course covers letters, memoranda, and reports as well as a review of English basics in the context of business writing.
    Note: This course is restricted to Retail Marketing program students.

    CMNS 154    Communications in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This writing for Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management course covers reports, memoranda, press releases, articles, briefs and proposals.
    Note: This course is restricted to WLP and REC program students.

    CMNS 159    Communications for the Legal Administrative Assistant
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course emphasizes English basics (grammar, spelling, punctuation, correct usage), proofreading skills, and business writing.

    CMNS 165    Writing Skills for New Media
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Communications 165 is intended to foster writing and presentation skills for work in the new media industries. The course encourages students to explore techniques and career trends in technical and professional writing.

    CMNS 170    Presentation Skills for Public Speaking
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course focuses on the dynamics of organizing material, overcoming shyness and developing poise as a speaker in a variety of contexts. Attention to research, voice training, nonverbal communication, and strategies for timing presentations are key components of this course. In addition, this course uses video equipment, enabling students to see themselves on camera, as well as to benefit from feedback from others, as they refine their ability to project, to organize their thoughts, and to address audience needs.

    CMNS 174    Wilderness Leadership Communications
    3.00 credits    (6,0,2) hrs    08 wks
    This course in writing and speech for wilderness-leadership professionals covers business correspondence, spoken presentations, and proposals.
    Note: This course is restricted to WLP and REC program students.

    CMNS 179    Writing for Legal Assistants and Paralegals
    3.00 credits    (3,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ENGL 100
    This course is planned to help develop listening, speaking and writing skills for work in the legal profession. Listening and speaking assignments include observation and discussion of a variety of materials presented in non-written form. Writing assignments address three goals: to equip students with the tools they need to write accurately and appropriately; to provide opportunities to practice translating from speech and observation to written formats, as is often required in legal practice; and to master format, tone, layout and style in general and legal correspondence.
    Note: This course is restricted to Paralegal/Legal Assistant program students.

    CMNS 190    Article Writing
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course covers researching and writing articles for publication in news media and magazines. In addition, this course emphasizes the analysis of magazine readership, techniques of researching and interviewing, the current market for articles, and development of an effective prose style. Students write three articles in suitable format and submit them for publication in established periodicals.

    CMNS 191    Writing for Magazines
    3.00 credits    (8,0,0) hrs    08 wks
    Corequisite: CMNS 221, 351 and 371
    This course teaches students the fundamentals of magazine writing, starting with generating story ideas and pitching them to editors. Learn how to write short, front-of-the-book articles, profiles, first-person accounts and other magazine features.

    CMNS 205    International Interaction II
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: CMNS 105
    This course provides students with an awareness of appropriate written communication tools for business interaction in a North American setting. Students completing the course will be familiar with selected business writing formats, citations, conventions, matters of style, on-line and print resources, and rhetorical frameworks in written and electronic interactions.

    CMNS 209    History of Media
    3.00 credits    (3,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: CMNS 112 and 132
    This course introduces students to a variety of perspectives on the history of media and guides them through a history of social and cultural development as seen from the perspective of transformations in communication, symbol systems, and media technologies from orality to networked digital media.

    CMNS 220    Advanced Business Writing and Editing
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ENGL 100
    This course focuses on researching, organizing, writing and editing extensive business documents: reports, proposals, memoranda, and media releases. Emphasis is on clear style and logical organization.

    CMNS 221    Editing and Writing for the Business of Publishing
    1.50 credits    (3.43,0,0) hrs    07 wks
    Corequisite: CMNS 241 and 351
    This course teaches business writing in a publishing context. The curriculum addresses issues involved with career preparation in publishing, prepares students for the internship, and includes a strong component of copy editing and proofreading.

    CMNS 222    Decoding Media Strategies
    3.00 credits    (3,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: CMNS 112 and 132
    This course offers a critical introduction to the study of popular culture and popular media. This course explores the development of contemporary popular culture as an expression of the tensions unleashed by the emergence of mass consumer society, post-industrialism, and media. Popular culture is seen as a mode in which modern societies play out tensions between consumerism and citizenship, democracy and social control, ethical and social responsibility and individualism, creative expression and political-economic domination. We explore critical issues in popular culture and media through an examination of key debates, historical trends, and ethical issues.

    CMNS 223    Communications Skills, Applications and Contexts for Design and Art Direction
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: CMNS 123
    CMNS 223 is intended to familiarize students with the role of designers and illustrators in business, and to define a broad resource of opportunities as they acquire the vocabulary, conceptual skills, and writing competencies appropriate to a wide variety of professional contexts in illustration and design.
    Note: This course is restricted to IDEA program students.

    CMNS 231    Cultural Industries in Canada
    3.00 credits    (3,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: CMNS 112 and 132
    This course provides an overview of the cultural industries in Canada - those industries that create and disseminate meaning. The course introduces students to print, broadcasting, film, the Internet, and other cultural industries in Canada and internationally. It explores the business structure and economics of principal sectors, and key regulatory and policy issues in their social, political, cultural and global contexts. This course utilizes cultural theory and political economy approaches to study and critically analyze these industries and their role in society.

    CMNS 235    Understanding News
    3.00 credits    (3,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: CMNS 112 and 132
    This course introduces students to the institution and industry of making news in our society. It focuses on the social, political, professional, economic and technological forces which both shape and constrain news production in modern Canadian news organizations. Students are expected to monitor print, broadcast and online news on a regular basis throughout the course.

    CMNS 236    Understanding Television
    3.00 credits    (3,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: CMNS 112 and 132
    The phenomenon of television is considered by many to be one of the defining social, political and cultural features of the 20th century. Television has had a profound effect on domestic and public spheres as well as on our personal and collective senses of time; it has contributed in fundamental ways to experiences of ourselves and our society. This course looks at the issues and content of contemporary television using concepts from cultural studies theory and television studies and looks at the world television has created.

    CMNS 241    Software for Magazine Publishing
    1.50 credits    (6,0,0) hrs    04 wks
    This course introduces students to InDesign, a key software program used in the magazine publishing industry for text and page formatting and design. Familiarity with computers and knowledge of word processing programs are recommended.

    CMNS 250    Introduction to Technical Writing
    3.00 credits    (3,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ENGL 100
    The course includes the examination of technical reports and the study of the role of technical writing in corporate and scientific settings. It covers technical writing for science, engineering and the professions and emphasizes definitions, process analysis, writing instructions, resume preparation, and an extended formal report.

    CMNS 253    Society and New Media
    3.00 credits    (3,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: CMNS 112 and 132
    This course is an examination of information technology as a new medium of communication in society and related present and future implications. Attention is paid to "social software", including web logs, instant messaging, and short text messaging. The course looks at some major applications of new media surveillance, privacy, and power; dating and relationships, community and politics, education, and popular music. This is a writing intensive course.

    CMNS 260    Applied Communications Research Methods
    3.00 credits    (3,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: CMNS 112 and 132
    This course serves as an introduction to the practices and methods of applied qualitative research methods. Students will exercise their curiosity and intellects as they explore research methodology through readings, discussions, lectures, and media works. The course sets the stage for students to deepen their understanding of theoretical, conceptual, interpretive, representational, and fieldwork practices, as well as to explore the fundamental questions related to audiences, authors and purposes of research.

    CMNS 261    Interpreting Communications Documents
    3.00 credits    (3,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: CMNS 112 and 132
    The purpose of this course is to help Communication students develop skills in finding and interpreting print and electronic documents. It is a course in which students "learn by doing" in practical research assignments. The course raises for discussion and analysis topics such as database research techniques, web page evaluation, documents and secondary sources, archives and libraries, and government executive and legislative documents.

    CMNS 262    Qualitative Research Methods in Communications Studies
    3.00 credits    (3,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: CMNS 112, 132 and one of the following 200-level Communications Studies course - CMNS 209, 222, 231, 235, 236, 253, 260, 261 or 270
    The course introduces students to a variety of qualitative research methods utilized within communication and media studies. It also explores the philosophical, ethical, and political backgrounds against which the social construction of knowledge in understandings of communication, media, and society takes place. We will approach qualitative research not only as a set of techniques for gathering and evaluating data, but as a nest of problems posed to responsible, ethical, politically aware knowledge-building practice.

    CMNS 270    Visual Communications
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or CMNS 120
    This course is intended for students of communications and business who are interested in examining what we see in the mass media and how we see it. Using photography as the basis, the course explores vision as a physiological and psychological phenomenon, examines the history and use of the camera and develops a number of perspectives for analyzing images. Students then examine in detail different aspects of visual media, including topography, newspapers, magazines, advertising, movies, television/video and computer images, analyzing the "framed" world in mass media representation. Assignments are practical projects.

    CMNS 280    Fiction Techniques for Professional Writers
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course has students preparing short stories and novels in commercial genres such as mysteries, romances, thrillers and science fiction. Discussion of the market for such fiction in Canada and the U.S. Students submit three assignments (such as three short stories or a novel synopsis and two chapters) in marketable form. Students should discuss their plans with the instructor before registering.

    CMNS 302    Advanced International Interactions II
    3.00 credits    (5,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: CMNS 301
    This course is designed to help McCrae Institute students prepare for positions of responsibility and leadership in the international business community. The focus of the course is advanced written communication skills in a Canadian business context. The course builds on a base of rhetorical concepts and principles to address context, audience, and credibility in international communications. Assignments will include written correspondence, proposals, reports and associated business documentary forms.

    CMNS 305    Advanced International Interactions I
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: CMNS 105 and 205
    This course is designed for McCrae Institute students preparing to work overseas. The course is grounded in concepts in intercultural communications, and challenges students to move intellectually towards intercultural competence as they develop and practise verbal and non-verbal communication skills appropriate to leadership roles in international business from a Canadian base.

    CMNS 345    Web Content Development
    3.00 credits    (3,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: CMNS 220 with a minimum C+ grade
    This course helps develop content for Web pages intended for advocacy, marketing or self-promotion, both by writing new material and by revising existing text for hypertext formats.
    Note: Prerequisites may be waived by permission of the instructor.
    Note: The student is expected to have basic computer skills including word processing, e-mail, and web navigation, as well as access to e-mail and the web from a home computer.

    CMNS 351    Magazine Editing
    3.00 credits    (7.43,0,0) hrs    07 wks
    Corequisite: CMNS 191, 221 and 371
    This course introduces students to the major tasks of an editor employed by a trade or consumer magazine. Topics covered include assignment and fix letters, editing and fact checking, media ethics, manuscripts, media ethics, editorial packaging, headlines and decks, pagination, and dealing with freelance writers and other magazine staff including art directors and publishers.

    CMNS 354    Advanced Communications Skills for Tourism Management
    3.00 credits    (3,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: CMNS 154 or equivalent, or any first year University Transfer English course
    Intended for students registered in the Tourism Management degree program, CMNS 354 develops advanced skills in written and verbal communications, including technical writing, presentation skills, and information technology applications.
    Note: Prerequisites may be waived by permission of the instructor.
    Note: This course is restricted to Tourism and Communications program students.

    CMNS 360    Strategic Communications
    3.00 credits    (3,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: CMNS 112 or 132 or 220
    This applied course provides an overview of the range of skills and strategies required for working in corporate, community and government communications fields. The focus is on practical information and media design, and utilizes a case-study approach in which students work both alone and in groups in simulated communications projects. The course covers topics such as relations with the public, media and government, internal organizational communications, working with stakeholders/investors, crisis communications, corporate advertising and public branding. Students will create communications pieces, develop corporate/organizational identities, and develop and present complex strategic communications plans for a business, government, or non-profit/NGO client.
    Note: Prerequisite may be waived by permission of instructor or coordinator.

    CMNS 371    Foundations of Design, Layout and Production for Magazines
    3.00 credits    (7,0,0) hrs    07 wks
    Corequisite: CMNS 241
    This course covers magazine design from both theoretical and practical points of view. Topics include an historical overview of magazine design in North America, a survey of the various roles and tasks of art directors, photographers, photo editors and designers in magazines, and the four elements in publication design: images, typography, colour, and layout.

    CMNS 400    Magazine Internship
    6.00 credits    (0,0,35) hrs    06 wks
    Prerequisite: CMNS 191, 221, 241, 351, and 371 as prerequisites or co-requisites
    This course is an industry internship arranged by the student with faculty assistance. Classroom sessions prepare the student for the internship, and further preparation is provided in co-requisite courses.

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