Students who successfully complete 24 credits* in the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration and six other college-level credits are eligible to receive a General Business Certificate (The six other credits must include three credits for CMNS 1111, or CMNS 1115). For students who wish to pursue a specialization in Commerce, additional two-year Diploma programs are available in Business.
*These 24 credits must be taken from any of the following disciplines: Accounting, Business, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance and Marketing.
CMNS 1111 Workplace Communications for Selected Programs (3 credits)
(formerly CMNS 111)
Communications 1111 is designed for students enrolled in Business Management, Criminal Justice, Dispensing Optician, Animal Health Technology and Health Information Management programs. Instruction is adapted for workplace settings appropriate to each program area. Assignments are drawn from a number of possible components: correspondence, memoranda, reports and other program-related documents. Course work also includes instruction in writing strategies for effective on-the-job communication and may include instruction in oral communications situations such as oral presentations, employment interviews and meetings.
CMNS 1115 Practical Writing (3 credits)
(formerly CMNS 115)
This course helps to prepare students for the complex writing tasks required in the workplace. Students learn rhetorical and genre theory and practise reader-based strategies for writing clear and concise workplace documents. This involves learning to differentiate between the different aims or purposes of workplace writing, analyzing and practising the conventions for achieving these purposes, and creating readable documents in a variety of written genres. Students also learn and practise the basic research skills of identifying, summarizing, and citing appropriate sources.