Communications (COMM) courses complement students’ vocational studies by developing their written and oral communication skills for multiple environments, including college and the workplace.

About Communications courses

Core skills students develop in communications courses include:

  • information retrieval and literacy
  • critical thinking and reading
  • technology for information management, researching and writing
  • presentations
  • teamwork
  • cross-cultural communication

At Georgian, you will complete your Communications course requirements according to the program outlines. You can also track your detailed/specific requirements using MyPath.

Which COMM course is right for you?

First COMM course

For your first COMM, enrol in Communication Essentials (COMM 1016). COMM 1016 is a prerequisite course for second-level courses.


  • Your score on the Communications Placement Assessment may allow you to enrol in any second-level COMM course.
  • If you’ve received a transfer credit for COMM 1016 through credit for prior learning, you may already satisfy this requirement.
  • OntarioLearn course Communications 1 (COMM 1024) is equivalent to COMM 1016.

Second COMM course

For your second COMM (identified as COMF in MyPath), select from the second-level COMM courses below:

  • Media Relations (COMM 2014)
  • Proposal Writing (COMM 2015)
  • Work Environment Communication (COMM 2017)
  • Virtual Communication (COMM 2019)
  • Technical Communication (COMM 2020)
  • Dynamic Presentations (COMM 2021)
  • The Visual World (COMM 2022)
  • Culture and Communication (COMM 2023)


  • If you’ve received a transfer credit through credit for prior learning, you may already satisfy this requirement.
  • OntarioLearn course Communications 2 (COMM 2025) is equivalent to COMM 2017.

Consult your program outline

Please see your program outline for the number of COMM courses required and in which semesters you should take them. Taking a COMM course out of sequence could result in additional fees.

Additionally, some programs may specify which second-level COMM course is required.

You can also track your detailed/specific requirements using MyPath.

Communications courses: Which one is right for you?

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COMM courses

Communications courses offered during winter 2024 are linked below:

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COMM 1016 Communication Essentials: 42.0 hours

This course promotes effective communication skills essential for academic and professional success. Visual analysis and presentation strategies are employed to emphasize the importance of adapting communication to the intended audience. Compose clear and concise messages through researching, writing and presenting to ensure effective communication. You are expected to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve the course outcomes.

COMM 2017 Work Environment Communication: 42.0 hours

In the workplace, employers require high standards of communication skills and sensitivity to diverse audiences. In this course, develop your skills by composing workplace messages, incorporating technology and considering the environment. Individually and collaboratively, develop and deliver workplace messages through writing and presenting.

COMM 2019 Virtual Communication: 42.0 hours

Virtual Communication is an ever-developing concept that impacts your future communication decisions and abilities. Communicate professionally with your peers as you investigate issues and influences in your online life. You will utilize research, critical thinking and reading, and effective use of technology to expand your knowledge; this will culminate in your own contribution to the digital environment.

COMM 2020 Technical Communication: 42.0 hours

Technical communication skills are required in service, technical, and business environments. Develop researching, planning, designing, and writing skills to prepare documents. Individually and collaboratively, learn and apply information structures to produce documents such as descriptions, instructions, and manuals.

COMM 2021 Dynamic Presentations: 42.0 hours

Develop the ability to design and deliver audience specific messages using media. Individually and collaboratively, deliver presentations for use in academic, professional, and social settings. Self and peer critiques provide opportunities for reflection and enhanced presentation skills.

COMM 2022 The Visual World: 42.0 hours

The way messages are viewed and disseminated has changed through technological advances. Develop theoretical and practical communication skills by investigating the power of visual imagery. Focus on interpreting, analyzing, and critiquing a broad range of visuals in terms of intention and effectiveness.

COMM 2023 Culture and Communication: 42.0 hours

Examine theories and topics in intercultural communication, such as self-concept, perception, language, and culture, to develop the necessary skills to communicate effectively in the global village, a diverse and complex place. An understanding of this diversity and knowing how to communicate effectively in it is critical to success both in and out of the workplace.

COMM 2014 Media Communication: 42.0 hours

Learn how media are used to raise awareness of, and generate approval for, an organization’s mission, policies and actions. Relevant textual, audio and visual messages are composed to inform or appeal to an audience, using traditional and emerging media. Individually and in groups, produce messages and articles, as well as conduct announcements and interviews intended to capture media coverage, and generate a positive audience response.

COMM 2015 Proposal Writing: 42.0 hours

Proposal writing is a process including strategic planning, an awareness of long-term organizational development and targeted outcomes. Conduct research to meet project and funding objectives. Additionally, demonstrate effective planning and research to evaluate a range of funding opportunities. Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders and potential funders is addressed, as is the presentation of information in written and oral formats.

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Communications courses are delivered in different formats indicated at registration:

  • Classroom
  • Online
  • Blended (combination of online and classroom)

Communications Placement Assessment (CPA)

Please note, the CPA is not an exemption test. You will still need the same number of COMM courses; however, you may take two second-level COMM courses.

Prior learning

If you have previous learning experience and want to have that experience assessed for credit, you have at least two options:

  1. You can request an exemption based on a postsecondary course you have taken by matching the learning outcomes with those of a Georgian College course that meets the following criteria:
    • The course was delivered in English from an accredited college or university
    • You achieved a minimum grade of 60 per cent in the course
  2. You can apply for PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) if you can demonstrate that you have acquired equivalent learning through life and/or work experience
    • Criteria may include a portfolio, challenge tests, oral presentations and/or an interview

Before applying for PLAR, we encourage you to contact the communication co-ordinator. Please note, PLAR fees are non-refundable.

For more information about exemptions and PLAR, visit our Credit for Prior Learning webpage.

Contact us

Barrie Campus

Georgian College
Room B228, Founders Building
One Georgian Dr.
Barrie, ON L4M 3X9
Fax: 705.722.5145

Christine Hess

Program Assistant, College-Wide Communications and General Education

Email: Email Christine
Phone: 249.388.0540

Linda Thomason, M.Ed., TESL On

Coordinator, College-Wide Communication Courses

Email: Email Linda
Phone: 249.388.0503