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Courses
Course # Courses Length (Hours) Distance Status
OLRN1080 Business Report Writing

Description: The student learns how to structure written reports from memos to formal presentations in a way that is precise, clear and easy to read. This course is ideal for anyone who finds the report writing demands of the job outstrip their training. The student learns mastery of reports through a series of ten assignments ranging from simple memos to formal reports - all under the guidance of a professional writer. Demands on the student are high, but the results are worth it.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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42 Yes Details
COMM1770 Communications I

Description: In this course, the student will develop and practice the fundamentals of Standard English including grammar, sentence structure, and the conventions of Standard English. The student will develop and apply paragraph and essay research; organization and planning skills; develop and enhance independent learning skills; and develop and enhance e-learning capabilities.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
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45 Yes Details
ASL1100 Discover Sign Language

Description: It's truly amazing that we can communicate just by using our hands! Add different facial expressions, and you have a conversation—the language of Deaf people. In this course, you'll discover how to use this graceful, expressive language to communicate with Deaf people.
You'll begin with an introduction to the language itself, and learn to create the signs for numbers. You'll also master the sign alphabet so you can fingerspell proper names.
Then you'll learn to sign phrases and expand to complete sentences, and see how to put it all together so you can introduce yourself and start a conversation. Along the way you'll learn signs for colors, numbers, where you live, family, and the activities you like to do and even the ones you don't.
Throughout, you'll learn by watching videos that demonstrate how to make the signs and how to incorporate facial expressions to communicate in this beautiful language. This course is taught using the best practices of the industry with a minimum of audio support. Throughout, you'll be immersed in silence, so you'll gain an understanding of the perspective of Deaf people and sign language.
You'll also gain an introduction to the world of Deaf culture and explore topics such as lipreading, baby signs, and the career of interpreting. By the end of the course, when you meet a Deaf person, you'll be ready to sign! Visit www.ed2go.com/conestoga for more information
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
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24 Yes Details
OLRN1250 English 1

Description: Effective communication is important for building relationships and successful functioning in every part of an organization. Through the different modes of reading, writing, speaking, listening, researching, analyzing, and representing information students develop the skills required for communicating effectively in personal and professional environments. Students will create a portfolio that includes communication tools and activities related to their chosen career path. An emphasis is placed on developing skills required for communicating in digital environments.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
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45 Yes Details
OLRN1260 English 2

Description: Recommended: English 1 (Internet) or equivalent.

Students will investigate challenging communication problems that require collecting information, solving problems and making decisions. They will prepare analytical reports, sales and promotional materials, proposals and job search documents. These critical elements of business communications will be studied with an emphasis on clear reporting techniques and powerful persuasive strategies. In addition, students will generate presentations supported by technology, and assess their own communication skills in the context of career demands.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
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45 Yes Details
OLRN1090 Essentials of Writing Fiction

Description: This course enables students to build confidence in their writing abilities by advocation in a project-management based approach to writing. Students will learn practical techniques for generating and organizing ideas as well as sound planning procedures that will define the project as a series of realizable steps.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
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48 Yes Details
LANG1110 French for Business

Description: This course is an in-depth exploration of the use of French in today's business world. All aspects of the language are covered: listening, reading, speaking and writing accurately, including grammar. The course will be taught in French with lots of oral communication. Some general topics include business greeting protocol, conducting interviews, writing a resume and cover letter, using telephone protocol and writing memos and reports. Some specific topics include advertising, banking, insurance and Internet terminology. It is strongly recommended that students have completed LANG1080 French IV before taking this course.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN1400 Grammar For Writing Professionals

Description: Grammar for Writing Professionals aims to provide students with a thorough knowledge of the editing and proofreading process. Potential editors, writers and proofreaders will find this course particularly helpful. They will gain experience recognizing and correcting errors in accordance with accepted Canadian standards. The course also emphasizes the importance of working as part of an editing team to help produce acceptable full-length manuscripts.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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COMM1981 Grammar Refresher

Description: Whatever your goals, a grasp of English grammar is important if you want to improve your speaking and writing skills. This course will help you gain confidence in your ability to produce clean, grammatically correct work. You'll explore the basics of English grammar—like sentence structure and punctuation—as well as more sophisticated concepts—like logic and clarity. A patient instructor, memorable lessons, vivid examples, and interactive exercises will give you ample opportunity to put what you learn into practice. Reacquaint yourself with old, forgotten rules, meet some new ones, and discover your own grammatical strengths. This course is not valid for credit towards Conestoga College programs or certificates. This is a self improvement course for general interest.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
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COMM1398 How to Make Money from Your Writing

Description: You really can make money with your writing. Whether you want to create your own business, add to your income, supplement your retirement, or boost what you're earning as a writer, you'll find the how-to's here.
In just six weeks, I'll share secrets, methods, and tips to help you generate income with your writing. This class includes all the practical information that so rarely gets taught in writing classes.
Now I know in most courses and social groups it's taboo to discuss money . . . but not here. We'll embrace it! Making money is the focus of the lessons.
You'll explore a dozen genres that can help you establish a sometime, part-time, or full-time career as a writer. Along the way, you'll learn methods to work faster, suffer less rejection, and bring home more bacon (even if you're a vegan like me).
You'll get facts on ghostwriting, collaboration, writing for the Web, writing for new technologies, copywriting, article and essay writing, and novel and nonfiction book writing, plus I'll give tips for finding publishers and agents. And you're going to practice different writing techniques in a safe environment as I mentor you.
Please join me for this course. Fulfilling (and lucrative) writing work is waiting for you!
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
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OLRN1326 Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Description: Students will define culture and be introduced to intercultural communication theories and issues. Learners will identify how these theories apply to our daily lives and how they can be used to develop respect for differences between cultures. The main objective of this course is to enhance the students' ability to communicate comfortably with people from different origins. As part of the course, students will communicate with people from other cultures electronically as well as in person. This course will be of interest to individuals working in health, education, human services, and business who have regular interactions with people of foreign descent.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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COMM1750 Organizational Business Communications

Description: Here's an opportunity to hone essential business communication concepts and skills with emphasis on writing clear reports and documentation, making effective presentations, and enhancing interpersonal skills.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
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45 Yes Details
OLRN1040 Poetry Writing

Description: Poetry writing provides skills necessary for the creation, development, and marketing of publishable poems.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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COMM1380 Professional Writing Skills for Business

Description: In this second-level communications course, students learn the professional writing skills required for effective communication in business. Students apply their learning to business case studies to produce documents for various purposes and audiences using a range of current business formats. They will also learn to write proposals and reports using research and documentation skills to further prepare them for higher learning and career success.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: COMM1085
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42 Yes Details
OLRN1003 Romance Writing

Description: Romance Writing explores the art and craft of writing for the growing romance fiction market. Through lectures, examples, and lots of research, students will develop their skills in the creating engrossing plots and settings, and engaging characters, as well as researching the growing and changing market for romance oriented fiction.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
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LANG1490 Speed Spanish

Description: Imagine yourself speaking, reading and writing Spanish. Now you can with Speed Spanish! This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn Spanish pronto. You'll learn six easy recipes for gluing Spanish words together to form sentences. In no time at all, you'll be able to go into any Spanish speaking situation and converse in Spanish. ¡Qué Bueno!
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
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24 Yes Details
OLRN1810 Technical Communications

Description: This course includes various technical writing problems that challenge the learner to generate practical solutions that are clear, focused and expressed in appropriate language and style. The course assists learners to develop the sound thinking and planning skills that are fundamental to communicating successfully in technical fields. In addition, the computer will be used for online research, collaboration with other learners and formatting technical information to industry standards using text and graphics.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
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COMM1973 Writing a Fantasy Novel

Description: Fantasy is an increasingly popular genre of fiction, and now is a great time to become a fantasy fiction writer! This course is perfect whether you have an idea for a book or even if you don't know where to start.
First off, you'll learn what separates fantasy fiction from other types of fiction. You'll also try out an in-depth world-building exercise, which will help you create a system of magic as well as the different species that will live the world you're developing. We'll also talk about creating characters, and you'll learn how to populate your world with unique, compelling, and interesting people.
We'll spend some time talking about the nuts and bolts of writing a fantasy novel, too. You'll learn how to outline your book (if you even decide to outline!), come up with a theme, and then sit down and actually write. We'll look at examples from other authors to show that writing is as individual as each person, and that there is no right way to write your book.

We'll talk about how to revise and edit so that when you complete it, your book will be essentially a finished product. You'll also learn a little bit about publishing your book, including the differences between self-publishing and traditional publishing, and you'll decide which type will work better for you. Finally, I'll share some tips about how to stay motivated and actually complete your novel—because, after all, writing is hard work! But with the tools you'll gain in this course, you'll be ready to tackle your first fantasy novel.

This course is offered in partnership with Ed2go (Education to Go) and Conestoga College.
There are no books to purchase; your course materials are online.
To complete the enrollment process and activate your course,
Please go to the Online Instruction Center located at
www.ed2go.com/conestoga

Follow the steps to enrol by typing your course title or key word into the search bar
Click “Add to Cart”
Please note: No payment is required on the Ed2go site.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
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24 Yes Details
OLRN1950 Writing For Publication I

Description: This course introduces students to creative writing and the publishing process. Students will follow the various steps of manuscript preparation, including conferencing, editing, and proofreading. Students will examine the writer's craft using a wide range of professional works as models.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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42 Yes Details
OLRN1960 Writing For Publication II

Description: This course focuses on the publishing process with emphasis on the Canadian magazine trade. Students will be encouraged to develop their ideas into acceptable compositions and to approach suitable publishers with their work.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: OLRN1950
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42 Yes Details
OLRN1042 Writing Grammatically

Description: Students learn the rules of English grammar in a comprehensive, easy-to-follow manner. Starting with a review of sentence parts, students move to an in-depth explanation of sentence structuring and culminate in a practical review of stylistic conventions in business writing.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
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OLRN1110 Writing Short Stories

Description: This is an introductory course for the aspiring story writer that focuses on the particularities of this literary genre. Character development, narrative unity, and plot construction are explored by analyzing selected short stories and participating in writing exercises. Students will follow a step-by-step approach to producing a story suitable for publication. The process of submission for publication, as well as the various opportunities for publication is examined.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
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48 Yes Details

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