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The Professional Workplace Communication track provides students with a better understanding of the principles and theories of the complex communication systems within professional and organizational settings. Students will gain key skills and knowledge of communication interactions, increase their awareness of diversity, and explore conflict intervention and mediation in various contexts. This track complements any course of study as it provides essential skills for effective interaction and leadership in communities, workplaces, and groups.

Requirements: SCOM 121, 122, or 123 is the prerequisite for this track.

Required 4 courses/12 credits: Select from 2 courses/6 credits:
SCOM 248: Intercultural Communication
SCOM 331: Communication & Conflict
SCOM 350: Organizational Communication
SCOM 358: Business & Professional Communication Studies

LTLE 370: Instructional Technology
LTLE 372: Visual Literacy
LTLE 490: Special Study in LTLE
WRTC 316: Research Methodologies in WRTC
WRTC 332: Creative Approaches to Digital Storytelling
WRTC 334: Introduction to Popular Writing
WRTC 434: Advanced Popular Writing
IS 300: Sponsored Learning

Course Descriptions

Required Courses

SCOM 248: Intercultural Communication

The study of human communication in a variety of cultural settings and contexts. Emphasis on developing understanding and analytical skills regarding communication between people from different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds in both domestic and international settings. Consideration of relevance and application to social, business and political environments.

SCOM 331: Communication & Conflict

Consideration of theories of conflict emerging from the communication discipline and application to different forms of conflict at all levels of human interaction. An examination of communication and varied responses to conflict in diverse situations. Emphasis on competencies required for successful management, intervention and transformation of conflict. Prerequisite: SCOM 240 or SCOM 245 recommended.

SCOM 350: Organizational Communication

Students gain a complex understanding of organizing practices by investigating the evolution of how historical events have influenced organizational communication and managerial practices at work. Drawing upon communication theory, students analyze various organizational communication practices such as the management of workers, development of organizational culture, and interaction with larger systems. Learning is complemented by an experimental learning project.

SCOM 358: Business & Professional Communication Studies

Students investigate the nuance and complexity of communication in modern organizational life. A portion of the class is dedicated to the skills involved in a competitive, successful career search. In addition, students develop the skills to become an ethical and effective organizational citizen. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status.

Select from 2 courses/6 credits

LTLE 370: Instructional Technology

Principles and procedures of a teaching/learning process designed to provide reliable, effective instruction to learners through systematic application of instructional technology. Includes selecting, producing, evaluating and utilizing nonprint media and equipment for application to instructional process.

LTLE 372: Visual Literacy

This foundational course will cultivate the ability to evaluate and create conceptual visual representations. Students will practice the necessary critical attitude, principles, tools and feedback to develop their own high-quality graphics for learning and performance. Topics also include the impact of visual literacy on the learning process related to instructional design, instructional technology, and information presentation.

LTLE 490: Special Study in LTLE

Designed to provide in-depth and up-to-date exposure to the topics/issues pertinent to human resource development and allow students to explore topics of special interest in human resource development. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

WRTC 316: Research Methodologies in WRTC

Introduction to the process of conducting research grounded in inquiry. Students use a variety of research methodologies to gather information from secondary and primary sources. Students evaluate information for accuracy and usability and interpret information for the audience and rhetorical context they have defined. Students in this course design a research study, carry it out and write a subject appropriate report. Prerequisite: WRTC 103 or equivalent.

WRTC 332: Creative Approaches to Digital Storytelling

This course introduces students to the history and methods of digital storytelling and provides them with the opportunity to critically evaluate a range of digital stories and to develop their own digital storytelling projects. Digital stories are narratives that are composed in digital environments using sound, audio, still images, video, and interactive elements like maps, charts and timelines. By the end of the course, students will be able to adapt digital storytelling techniques to suit a variety of genres and audiences. Throughout the course, students learn to assess digital storytelling artifacts, such as short video documentaries and mixed media narratives, and their usefulness for particular audiences and contexts. In addition to these digital composing techniques, students learn to assess and use a variety of online platforms where digital stories can be published, critique and improve their own and others’ work, collaborate with others and create digital storytelling artifacts for clients.Prerequisite: WRTC 200 and WRTC 201 or permission of instructor.

WRTC 334: Introduction to Popular Writing

A theoretical and practical overview of the growing field of popular writing. Students will analyze a broad range of genres – including reviews, commentaries, profiles, blogs, and ads – from a broad range of publications, including newspapers, magazines, and the Web, with the goal of acquiring a critical understanding of the rhetorical aims and practices of popular writing. Prerequisite: WRTC 200 and WRTC 201 or permission of instructor.

WRTC 434: Advanced Popular Writing

Advanced focus on a particular genre in popular writing, such as reviews, commentaries, opinion pieces, profiles, blogs, or ads. Students will engage with a specific genre to acquire both a critical understanding of its rhetorical aims and practices as well as the skills to practice writing within that genre. Students in this course have the opportunity to develop several professional portfolio pieces. Prerequisite: WRTC 200 and WRTC 201 or permission of instructor.

IS 300: Sponsored Learning

A structured learning activity related to a student’s area of study and sponsored by an employer, volunteer agency, or other appropriate organization. 1-6 credits.

Senior Project and Additional Online Courses

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