Professional Communications Course Descriptions

COM-610: Professional Communications Theory (3 credits)
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Professional Communication Theory provides an overview of major communication theories with an emphasis on communication styles and approaches operative in today's workplace environment. Strategic planning, analysis, and critical thinking in light of contemporary trends and issues will be studied. The focus will be the application and evaluation of theories through case analysis and discussion. Students will have the opportunity to engage in self-assessment of communication competence and learn strategies for enhancing their abilities. Problems in the context of professional communication will be identified and theory based solutions generated.
COM-620: Advanced and Professional Business Writing (3 credits)
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This course will examine topics such as the historical formation of professional communication as a discipline; technological, scientific, and multimedia writing; theories and research; ethics and politics; intercultural professional communication; and workplace, pedagogical, and professionalization issues.
SOM-702: Introduction to Social Media (3 credits)
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Examines and analyzes the Social Media Space from a business perspective. The course will introduce the space and review the strategies and tactics for social media management and marketing. Students will assess best practices and study the key communities currently involved in the Social Media space. Other topics include the business advantages of social media as well as an overview of what policies; rules and regulations practitioners must keep in mind.
MSP-662: Practical Grant Writing (3 credits)
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This course aims to provide a practical foundation to be used toward compiling a full proposal for this course and into the future by learning how to craft careful research questions presented with sound preparation and purposeful writing. Through this course, you will begin to fully understand and be able to articulate the need for a project or organization's work. You will be guided through preparing individual components of the grant application and how to translate the work into a budget for the request. In addition to the basic application components, understanding the funders' interests, packaging and other formats will be covered.