Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Upgrade your Professional Communication skills this Fall at Douglas College

By Maureen Nicholson
Professional Communication Program Head

In the era of the caveman, long before the invention of central heating and microwave ovens, being able to start a fire was a highly prized skill. These days, not so much.

But today, in an age that finds us increasingly overwhelmed by vast amounts of information, there is perhaps a modern, equivalent talent. You might even call it a 21st-century survival skill: being able to communicate well.

If you want to learn how to package and deliver information like a pro, Douglas College can help. This Fall Semester, courses in document design, technical communication and public relations are available by permission through the College’s new Professional Communication program.

The post-degree diploma program is designed for degree holders, but senior College students can now request permission to take specific courses. The courses are good options for degree students seeking a third-year elective, for associate degree students seeking a university-transfer course, and for students intending to transfer to SFU Communication.

As a prerequisite, you’ll need 45 credits, including a course in Communication, Creative Writing, or English, with a grade of B or better.

“We’re pleased to offer these courses as options for students in other programs. They’re really hands-on and applied in nature,” says program coordinator Maureen Nicholson. “Increasingly, employers expect students to have strongly developed design skills. It’s a highly visual world out there. Plus the ability to write technical documents, like instructions and manuals, and PR materials, like media kits and press releases, is invaluable for students in marketing, corporate communications, non-profits, and throughout the high-tech industry.”

Contact Nicholson by email or by phone at 604 527 5292 for permission to register in:
  • CMNS 3400 Document Design (CRN 34939, Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:20pm)
  • CMNS 3500 Technical Communication (CRN 34937, Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:20pm)
  • CMNS 3700 Public Relations (CRN 34936, Saturdays, 9 to 11:50am)
Learn more about the Post-Degree Diploma in Professional Communication at