Professional Communications – com516 (1 credit)

This course provides new graduate students in University of Phoenix programs with an introduction to strategies for academic success within the University of Phoenix adult learning model. Topics include oral and written communication, methods for finding and evaluating course resources, critical thinking, the purpose and use of portfolios, program standards, stress and time management, and tools for collaborative learning, in preparation for team assignments in future classes.

This graduate-level course is 3 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

The Professional Portfolio

  • Describe the uses of a professional portfolio.
  • Examine the University of Phoenix program standards and their relation to the professional portfolio.
  • Identify the components of a professional portfolio.

Communication Skills

  • Apply graduate-level research tools.
  • List components and expectations of graduate programs.
  • Identify writing strategies and resources for written communication.

Research Skills

  • Critically evaluate information and data.
  • Analyze methods for conducting University of Phoenix University Library and Internet searches.

Appraisal of Communication Skills and Learning Team Dynamics

  • Assess effective oral communication skills.
  • Evaluate individual writing strengths and weaknesses.
  • Plan and implement strategies for managing Learning Team dynamics.

Demonstration of Graduate-level Competencies

  • Analyze time and stress management strategies.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills.

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