Course Type: Service Course
Professional Health Communication
This workshop course is designed for students studying in diverse health disciplines, including social work, public health, and occupational health to build interdisciplinary communication proficiency in professional contexts. The course explores the complex relationships between communicators, audiences, and varying discursive practices. Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts of rhetoric, document design, professional writing, research, and analysis and use them to persuasively communicate discipline-specific information and goals to diverse audiences.
Short Management Reports
This writing intensive workshop course helps students gain the proficiency needed to meet the reporting demands of the contemporary workplace. Participants will learn to analyze their audience and purpose while writing informative and persuasive documents such as instructional reports, personnel reports, informal proposals, and analytical reports. A module on planning, delivering professionally related oral presentations to peers, management and industry partners completes this workshop course.
Introduction to Professional Communication
This case-based, interactive course introduces students to contemporary strategies of successful communication in professional contexts. Students learn how to analyze audience, situation, and medium to create messages that respond to practical challenges and build productive relationships. Students develop sensitivity to language and tone, learn to organize and convey ideas and information, and select the best means to accomplish their intended purposes.
Communication in the Computer Industry
In this workshop course, students learn to present technical information to audiences with a range of technical knowledge. The course teaches students various forms and content strategies relevant to the computer industry so they can communicate clearly and persuasively in online and traditional media. Students analyze and respond to professional situations involving documentation plans, style guides, usability testing and project planning.
Fashion and Communication
This course examines contemporary issues in communicating fashion, placing recent trends in fashion and retail communication in a historical context and drawing from fashion theory to explore how media formats starting from print have communicated fashion aesthetics and promoted products and lifestyles to consumers. Students will also take a critical and intersectional approach to thinking through how fashion and dress function as embodied forms of communication of personal, cultural and subcultural identities.
Communication in the Engineering Professions
Communication lies at the heart of the engineering professions. This course introduces students to the unique and varied communication challenges of their discipline. Through a combination of lectures, workshops, readings, and online simulations, students are exposed to the types of communication they will engage in as professionals and given the opportunity to refine their analytical, writing, presentation, and problem-solving skills.