Undergraduate Programs

Rhetorical Communication (RCM) 300

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to negotiate the rhetorical, political, ethical, and interpersonal challenges of communicating in a professional environment. Although it addresses the practical demands of writing technical correspondence and reports, the primary focus of the course is on the development of the student’s communicative judgement.

Students are asked to assess and respond appropriately to a variety of case studies and to present their analyses in acceptable oral and written formats. This course is also intended to provide a foundation for further study in communication through the Professional Communication Option. 

Certificate in Professional Communication

The Certificate in Professional Communication (CPC) program is a certificate of proficiency program that prepares students for a professional career by cultivating communicative judgment in professional practice. The program consists of six courses (18 credit units). All courses within the program have a rhetorical foundation and are delivered by the Ron and Jane Graham School of Professional Development, College of Engineering. The CPC was developed out of the Professional Communication Option (PCO). The PCO was restricted to students in Engineering. Now that the program is recognized as a Certificate and anyone who meets the admission requirements can apply to join. This change means that the CPC is open to students enrolled in or have graduated from any other college. In addition, engineering students can begin the CPC while working to their engineering degree and then complete the CPC on a part-time basis while working.

Admission Requirements

Registration into the Certificate in Professional Communication is available to undergraduate students who are enrolled in any degree program at the University of Saskatchewan; however, it may also be completed as a stand-alone program. To be eligible for admission, a student must meet the following qualifications:

RCM 300 or “equivalent”  = 60 credit units at the institution or equivalent (or 30 credit units including 6 credit units of “RCM non EN Elective” 

Course Requirements

The prescribed schedule for courses required to earn the Certificate in Professional Communication is flexible; however, students are encouraged to complete RCM 400.3 before other RCM 400-level courses. Finally, students are required to complete RCM 495.3 as a capstone course.

Course Information

All required courses in the Certificate in Professional Communication (CPC) program are offered on an annual basis during the fall and winter terms. While most elective courses are also offered on an annual basis, due to resource limitations, the School of Professional Development, College of Engineering, may not offer every elective course. Select courses may be offered during the spring and summer terms.

In its current form, all courses in this program are delivered in a traditional lecture format whereby participants are required to attend class in person at the University of Saskatchewan Campus. Courses are not currently offered online or in a modular or blended format.

Please note that students can receive credit for only one of the Professional Communication Option or the Certificate in Professional Communication. Double-counting of courses toward both of these programs is not allowed.

Engineering Entrepreneurship Option

The Engineering Entrepreneurship Option (EEO) consists of seven courses (21 credit units) as an optional addition to any of the eight B.E. degrees. Six of the seven courses are delivered in the Edwards School of Business. The program capstone course (GE 430.0 Engineering Entrepreneurship Capstone) is taught in the College of Engineering.