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Communications 12



Matthew Lowndes 
250-635-7944 (ext. 8479)
1-800-663-3865 (ext. 8479) 



Communication is something we all do consciously or unconsciously every day of our lives. We communicate verbally when we interact with people face to face or on the phone. We communicate through writing via the computer, text messaging, or in documents we create. We also communicate non-verbally through our body language and facial expressions, as well as through images we create.

The goal of Communications 12 is to help you examine and improve upon the various communication skills you use in the workplace and in everyday life. In doing so, you will explore mass media, information, and literacy communications. 

The course will help you to:
  • understand the influence of mass media and technology on your life
  • improve your written and oral communication skills
  • explore the various types of workplace communications
  • appreciate the role of storytelling in your life
  • prepare for the Communications 12 Provincial Exam


Course Layout:

There are six topics and 13 lessons or learning activities in the course. Each learning activity has necessary information or "content" followed by a quiz to consolidate your learning. The learning activity is then capped with a demonstration of learning as you complete a written assignment for which the learner receives feedback which can be applied to the next assignment.


Course Learning Activities

(Percent of Learning Activities*)

Course Completion


Unit 1

Introduction to Communications: It's about Reading and Writing

  • Lesson 1a: Information, content and assignment 1.0 (5%)
  • Lesson 1b: Content, Quiz and Assignment 1.0b  (5%)
  • Lesson 2: Content, quiz and assignment (5%)

Unit 1-15%

Unit 2
Navigating Information
  • Lesson 3: Content, Quiz, and assignments 3.1/3.2 (7%)
  • Lesson 4: Content and Assignment 4 (8%)

Unit 2-15%

Unit 3
Advertising, Branding, Consumerism
  • Lesson 5: Content, Quiz and Assignment 5 (7%)
  • Lesson 6: Content, Quiz and Assignment 6 (8%)

Unit 3-15%

Unit 4
Communications in the workplace
  • Lesson 7: Content, Quiz and Assignment 7 (7%)
  • Lesson 8: Content, Quiz and Assignment 8 (8%)

Unit 4-15%

Unit 5
Writing Longer Essays
  • Lesson 9: Content, Quiz and Assignment 9 (7%)
  • Lesson 10: Content, Quiz and Assignment 10 (8%)

Unit 5-15%

Unit 6
Stories as Communications
  • Lesson 11: Content, Quiz and Assignment 11 (7%)
  • Lesson 12: Content, Quiz and Assignment 12 (8%)

Unit 6-15%

Extra Help
Final Assessment
Provincial Exam
  • Lesson 13: Content, Quiz and Written Response (10%)

Unit 7-10%

 *This outline uses the definition for "learning activity" linked here


There is NO required textbook for this course.

Use the course booklets within Moodle are the primary resource.


  • Assignments form 80% of the final grade.
  • Quizzes, including a final assessment, constitute 20% of the course.
  • Reports only cover completed work.
  • Assignments are, whenever possible, to be turned in one at a time to allow for feedback. 
  • Students are expected to respond to feedback as instructional content.
  • Feedback and Assessment reflects the curriculum and directs the learner to it.
  • Achievement is assessed as a measure of achievement relative to Ministry prescribed learning outcomes.


Curriculum may be viewed within the Ministry of Education Integrated Resource Package.

Delivery and Support:

This course can only be done online. Teacher and learner work together in Moodle. The course is self-paced. Leaners may start any time.

Credits: 4


Learners may use the Message button at the beginning of the course, Moodle messages, email or the phone number provided in the course to communicate with the teacher. If Learners are in Terrace, they may also make arrangements for a meeting at our Campus in Thornhill. Learners are encouraged to initiate communication. 

Technical Requirements:

Browser: Firefox or Chrome recommended
Internet: Cable or ADSL 

Additional Software: Adobe Reader, full Flash and Java support, an office suite, ability to play audio and video files
For additional information on computer requirements, please refer to the Computer Requirements and Standards section under Resources & Information on our home page, and to the contents of the Introductory Orientation Course.

For definitions of some terms please refer to our glossary.