Professional Communication & Nonprofit Development – COMS 630

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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.

Course Assignment

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

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. 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 in the the course requires a video submission. Use of Kaltura as the recording and submission tool is suggested, but the student may also create and post to YouTube as a “unlisted” video, then share the link in the Discussion.

Cause Brief Assignments (3)

The student will delve deeper into social entrepreneurship and the values driving the social sector. These briefs will challenge the student 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 8 references, including the course texts and the Bible.


Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 2 short answer questions, and have a 1 hour time limit.