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Public Relations

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
CONS
School:
Media & Design
Program Code:
1093
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018

About the Program

Public relations is the management function of building mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics. In this highly interactive program, students will learn strategic and creative communication strategies to solve organizational problems or make the most of business opportunities with key publics. Students will apply creative writing and tactical execution developed with a foundation of business knowledge.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 50

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2016-2017 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for Public Relations - Program # 1093

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50
Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for
Public Relations - Program # 1093


Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates help organizations maintain a positive image and good working relationship with other organizations and the general public. They prepare communications strategies for the media, internal and external stakeholders and promote their organization's products, services and reputation.

On average, 88% of graduates from the last three years (2013 to 2015) found employment within six months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1030 Interpersonal And Group Dynamics

Description: In this introductory level course, students learn to apply knowledge from interpersonal relations and group dynamics to working in a team. Emphasis will be placed on utilizing effective communication skills with individuals and groups. Group cohesiveness and group decision-making will be discussed.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description:
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DSGN1330 Principles of Design

Description: This lab course provides an overview of the role graphic design plays in the practice of public relations. Students learn and apply basic design principles such as shape, spacing, rhythm, colour, and working with type. By applying layout principles to creative projects, students learn techniques, methods, basic tools, and terminology required to communicate with graphic designers and develop skills to complete basic designs for public relations materials.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MDIA1000 Digital Media I

Description: Digital media is an essential component of the PR practitioner's toolkit and requires specialized knowledge and skill. This course provides students with a systematic approach to planning, writing and designing communication for an organization's web page. Students will study examples of organizational content properly packaged to meet PR objectives and will gain practical skills in digital content creation and management.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PRLN1020 Introduction to Public Relations

Description: This introductory course provides a theoretical and historical foundation for the practice of public relations. Students will learn the skills needed to be a practitioner as well as the models of public relations as it is practiced in Canada. Topics include: the history of public relations, the scope and nature of public relations roles, and PR ethics and issues. Students are exposed to specialized PR functions such as media relations, investor relations, employee communications, public affairs, community relations, and social media management.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PRLN1060 Research for Public Relations

Description: This introductory course provides an overview of the role research plays in the practice of public relations. Students learn the necessity of gathering, processing, transferring, and interpreting information. Lectures and demonstrations deal with research methods and techniques for qualitative and quantitative, primary and secondary, and formal and informal research using library, database, and Internet sources. Assignments provide students with experience in gathering and analyzing research data in support of a PR strategy or campaign.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
LIBS1690 Applied Organizational Behaviour

Description: Organizations impact individuals and individuals have an impact on organizations.
This course will examine factors that affect an individual's performance in an organization. It will analyze how theories can be applied to explain such factors as an individual's motivation, attitudes, teambuilding skills, leadership style, decision making, and stress management abilities. Other features such as organizational culture and change will also be analyzed to determine their impact on an individuals' behaviour in an organization. Practical workplace examples will be analyzed through discussion, case studies, and team projects.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PRLN1050 Writing for Public Relations

Description: This course is designed as an introduction to the role of the public relations writer and the documents written by public relations writers on the job. Students learn the basics of public relations writing, with emphasis on the ability to gather information, assemble and check facts and compose documents using proper style and voice. These deliverables include news releases, media kits, web and social media content, and speeches and presentation materials. Documents are evaluated on their clarity, creativity and accuracy.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PRLN1090 Multimedia and Emerging Technologies

Description: Multimedia is content that uses a combination of content forms, including text, audio, images, animation, video and interactive content. This course provides an overview of the role audio visual and multimedia tactics play in the practice of public relations. Students learn the purpose and value of multimedia in helping to communicate an organization's message more effectively. Students will gain exposure to and assess the value of technologies available to PR practitioners, as well as emerging technologies expected to influence the future practice of public relations.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PRLN1120 Public Relations Campaigns

Description: This course allows students to review, evaluate and prepare public relations campaigns. They will experience the critical phases of a strategic communications plan: formative research, strategic and tactical planning, and plan evaluation. Students learn to identify stakeholders and publics; set and write process and outcome objectives; devise strategies and tactics; prepare communication materials; establish budgets; and set evaluation criteria. Learning is applied through an in-depth client project.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: PRLN1020
CoRequisites:

PRLN1145 PR Toolkit: Event Planning for Public Relations

Description: This course introduces the student to the field of event planning for public relations. Students will have the opportunity to design, budget, plan, implement and evaluate a special event. The world of corporate sponsorship and planning for profit and nonprofit organizations is explored as well. They will experience the value of relationship and negotiation with vendors and suppliers to the special event industry.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PRLN1150 Media Relations

Description: This course will look at the unique relationship between the public relations practitioner and the media. The student will explore the role of the media, how the print/broadcast/online news media process works, and how to develop a strong relationship with this important public relations partner. Students will also increase their news literacy by monitoring, analyzing and discussing news and current affairs.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 3
CDEV2060 Personal PR: Field Work Preparation

Description: This course provides the students with the required skills to develop job search strategies, explore career opportunities, prepare cover letters and resumes (print and digital) and develop interviewing techniques. Field Placement strategies and opportunities will be discussed and planned.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ETHS2000 Issues and Ethics

Description: Issues management is the process used to close the gap between an organization's actions and stakeholder expectations. This course allows public relations students to learn how to help their organization to adjust to meet expectations through identification of potential issues; providing public information or community dialogue; and managing two-way communication with key stakeholders. Crisis management, ethics and corporate social responsibility will also be covered.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MDIA2000 Digital Media II

Description: The primary goal of this course is to provide a foundation for planning and executing social media activities that support an organization's public relations goals. Students will gain insight into best practices in social media management and governance. They will learn techniques for creating digital content for popular social media platforms, as well as methods for preparing social media metrics and analytics. Students will be expected to engage in social media throughout the course, integrating their learning through the use of a broad social media platform.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace

Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself while on an unpaid work placement within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while on unpaid work placements, as well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their Placement Employers. Participants in this course are required to provide informed consent regarding WSIB or other insurance coverage while on an unpaid work placement
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PRLN2180 Feature Writing

Description: This course introduces students to the elements of feature writing for both print and online media. Students will learn various feature-writing styles used in Public Relations. They will develop skills in researching, interviewing, organizing information and writing in feature style for various media and audiences.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PRLN2190 Persuasion and Presentations

Description: This course introduces students to persuasion theory and process. Using this communications knowledge base, students obtain hands-on experience applying factors in persuasive communications from audience analysis to source credibility, as they prepare plans for and deliver informative and persuasive speeches. Students learn persuasive techniques and use them in oral presentations on a variety of topics in a classroom setting.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 4
CDEV2210 Portfolio Development

Description: In this course, public relations students will learn how to package their portfolio materials in the best way to communicate their strengths. Part of the course will be designated for practice in presenting the portfolio materials to a prospective client or employer. (A field placement period is included in this course. Students will be expected to complete and submit assignments during the field placement.)
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FPLT2070 Field Placement (Public Relations)

Description: This course prepares students for their field placement and enhances and supports their success while on placement. Students will take an active role in securing a field placement with local and regional businesses, organizations and charitable groups for the five week period. They will have an opportunity to practice their new skills in real-life public relations situations. Appropriate workplace behavior and etiquette will be stressed in this course.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FUND2000 Fundraising

Description: In this 7-week course, students will be introduced to the field of fundraising and development as it pertains to public relations. While fundraising is its own distinct discipline, PR practitioners are increasingly required to prepare strategies and tactics in support of fundraising objectives. Topics will include charitable fundraising and development, start-up seed funding and venture capital methods (particularly in the technology start-up sector), and grassroots fundraising and advocacy. Trends and issues in fundraising will also be covered.
Hours: 21
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MKT2300 Marketing Communications

Description: This 7-week course will introduce students to PR's sister discipline, marketing communications. As the line between PR and Marketing blurs, PR practitioners are often called upon to develop an integrated approach that considers both functions. Topics will include contemporary marketing fundamentals, emerging tools and trends, branding, customer experience, and Integrated Marketing Communications planning.
Hours: 21
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PRLN2050 Public Relations Capstone

Description: The capstone course is the final step in completing the diploma and preparing for a career in public relations. It is the culmination of learning from all courses during the two years of the diploma. The first seven weeks of the course will focus on how to function as public relations consultant. Topics during this phase include: identifying the skills of a consultant, assessing your strengths and gaps, working within a PR team/agency, proposal writing, and the client pitch. Following their field placement, students dedicate themselves to an assigned public relations case, which is presented to a faculty panel upon completion. (A field placement period is included in this course. Students will be expected to complete and submit assignments during the field placement.)
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PRLN1120
CoRequisites:

PRLN2240 Copywriting

Description: By the time they reach this course, students are expected to have mastered the foundations of public relations writing and should be able to produce clear, compelling and persuasive written documents. In this course, they will build on these skills to create an integrated promotional writing package. (A field placement period is included in this course. Students will be expected to complete and submit assignments during the field placement.)
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Program Outcomes

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International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.
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Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2016 Doon Closed
SEP, 2017 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students

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