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Professional Communication Studies

Overview

Courses

The courses aim to equip students with essential theory and skills in the areas of oral, written and interpersonal communication, so that they will be able to function more effectively at the university and in their professional careers.

Outcomes of the courses are knowledge, skills and ability in:

  • Reports and executive summaries to company and public readership
  • Business proposals
  • Presentation skills
  • Visual literacy and graphics
  • Posters
  • Research methods using libraries, academic sources, Internet
  • Referencing and citation
  • Letters of application and detailed CVs
  • Thesis writing

Courses are given on:

  • Business Writing
    Report writing; Business proposals and plans; Correspondence; Writing skills;
  • Spoken Communication
    Individual and Group Presentations;
  • Managerial and Interpersonal Communication
    Assertiveness training and group skills; Negotiating skills and conflict management; Creative thinking and problem solving; Time management; Meeting skills;
  • Professional Profiling
    CVs; Job applications; Job interviewing;
  • VIisual Communication
    PowerPoint; Outdoor communication
  • Freelance Writing and Editing

Products offered are:

  • Online course/textbook (trainer and student)
    English, J, De Jager, K., Howard, E. & Van Der Merwe, N., (2006) Professional Communication: Effective Written and Spoken Messages. EDUFLEX.COM
  • Reference Book
    English, J., Fielding, M., Howard, E. & Van Der Merwe, N., (2006) Professional Communication: Effective Written and Spoken Messages. Kenwyn: Juta