Professional Communication & Nonprofit Development – COMS 630

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Explores the communicative preparation and planning for community relations and develops corporate communication functions to lead, motivate, persuade and inform various publics. Teaches theoretically based skills as communication professionals for management, development, crises, public relations in nonprofit and corporate organizations.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

As a professional communicator, you will be asked to connect ideas to people in ways that build community. This course is designed to introduce you to key functions of communication that lead, motivate, persuade, and inform various publics, especially with regards to value-based business. The lens that we will use to explore these ideas is that of social entrepreneurship. The intent is to cultivate theoretically-based skills that can inform narrative fidelity and storied connections in the context of management, development, crises communication, and general public relations in nonprofit and corporate organizations.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Apply a working, theoretical knowledge of functions of professional communication and nonprofit development.
  2. Evaluate the place of social entrepreneurship in this historical moment.
  3. Analyze case studies for the benefit of engaging insights in the context of future opportunities.
  4. Identify and explain biblical connections to this field of study.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, additional readings, videos, and conflict-related artifacts as required for specific assignments / modules.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 250 words.

NOTE: The first Discussion Board Forum found in week one of the course requires a video submission. Use of Kaltura as the recording and submission tool is suggested, but you may also create and post to YouTube as a “private” video, then share the link in our forum.

Reading Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 2 short answer questions, and have a one-hour time limit.

Cause Briefs (3)

Delve deeper into social entrepreneurship and the values driving the social sector. These briefs will challenge you with rich ideas and biblical worldview connections that come alongside the course content to provide a textured understanding of value-based nonprofit development.

These briefs must be 750–1,000 words in current APA format. The briefs must include at least 6 references, including the course texts and the Bible.