Communication Courses

Level I

COMS1101 Introduction to Human Communication I: Students are introduced to basic concepts in the study of the verbal and nonverbal aspects of human communication. The course is intended for communication majors and is designed to prepare students for further work in the study and teaching of human communication and for the pursuit of careers in the communication field.

COMS1104 Introduction to Public Speaking: This course will focus on the principles of verbal and non-verbal communication, audience analysis and techniques for researching, organizing, supporting and presenting ideas effectively to public audiences. The course seeks to strengthen the link between critical thinking, listening and effective speaking. Students will develop their communicative knowledge and skills by preparing and delivering different types of speeches within the context of public speaking.

Level II

COMS2104 Advanced Technical Writing: This is an intensive writing course aimed at developing skills in writing technical communication. It focuses on style and tone in professional contexts, document layout and design and critical technical documents such as reports, user manuals, product descriptions, white papers, instructions, accident reports and organizational policies and procedures. The course is designed to further develop skills in writing in professional contexts and to stimulate students’ interests in advanced writing as well as to improve students’ proficiency in these areas.

COMS2201 Intercultural Communication: This course explores issues related to the intercultural communication process. It will examine the important role of social, cultural, and historical contexts in intercultural interactions. More specifically, the course examines the complex relationship between culture and communication from three conceptual perspectives: the social psychological perspective, the interpretive perspective, and the critical perspective.

COMS2600 Communication and Caribbean Society: This course seeks to introduce students to the complexities of the society within which they function as writers/news writers and message consumers and to help them analyse what is needed to communicate effectively. It examines the various factors that affect how news is reported and the impact that it has on readers/listeners. Students will explore how their own cultural backgrounds and experiences influence the messages that they send.

COMS2901 Communication Theory: This course seeks to introduce students to the essential features of current theories that seek to cast light on the communication process and to stimulate the application of these theories outside of the classroom. It will establish an integrative framework within which to study each theory and discover interrelations between them. Students are expected to research, analyse and explain specific theories with the goal of gaining a better understanding of the communicative process.

COMS2902 Communication Reserach Methods: Students will explore the range of quantitative and qualitative and mixed methodologies used in conducting communication research and examine the advantages and limitations of various approaches to designing a research project. During the course students will plan, design, and report on a research project as part of their practical experience in researching communication.

Level III

COMS 3000 - Writing for the Mass Media: News Writing: This course provides an introduction to writing news for print, broadcast and online media. The focus will be on teaching the tenets of journalistic style, including the mechanics of grammar, spelling, punctuation and specific methods of journalism writing. Students will practise the skills of good media writing by exploring the forms and processes that constitute sound media writing.

COMS 3001 - Communicating for Business: Effective business communication plays a major role in every business enterprise. A business can succeed or fail depending on how well employees communicate. Successful communication skills and strategies can be taught and practised. This course focuses on the types of writing which form the core of everyday business activities as well as on situations which require employees to use their oral communication skills, such as interviews and meetings. It aims to improve the communication skills by making persons sensitive to the wide range of audiences with which they must interact and to give them strategies for communicating effectively on a wide range of topics and to fulfil different purposes.

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