Core skills students develop in communications courses include:
- information retrieval and literacy
- critical thinking and reading
- technology for information management, researching and writing
- 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.
Communications courses offered during fall 2021 are linked below:
Note, there has been a change to the course codes for second-level communication courses. Effective fall 2020, course codes begin with a 2xxx (e.g. COMM 1017 is now COMM 2017). There is no change to the course code COMM 1016.
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 (formerly 1017) 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 (formerly 1019) 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 (formerly 1020) 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 (formerly 1021) 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 (formerly 1022) 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 (formerly 1023) 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 (formerly 1014) 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 (formerly 1015) 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.
Communications courses are delivered in different formats indicated at registration:
- blended: combination of online and classroom
Which course is right for you?
- If you write the Communications Placement Assessment and score 260 in both the reading and writing assessments, you may enrol in any communications course.
- If you write the Communications Placement Assessment and score 259 or less or if you do not write the Communications Placement Assessment, you must enrol in Communication Essentials (COMM 1016).
If you have previous learning experience and want to have that experience assessed for credit, you have at least two options:
- 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
- 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
For more information about exemptions and PLAR, visit our Credit Transfer Centre.