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International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

As part of the Technology Entry program, this course provides additional tutorial support to strengthen communication skills covered in COMM 0007. The course covers topics in communication which are challenging to "English as an additional language" students, as well as those with weaker English language skills. Topics include identifying reader and purpose, putting the main idea first, using appropriate tone, revising/editing skills, and giving oral reports. This course must be taken concurrently with COMM 0007, Introductory Communication for Technology Entry.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



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Learning Outcomes

For all of these outcomes, the level of competency required is that of a student entering a first-year technology program at BCIT.

Writing Skills

When you have successfully completed this course, you should be able to:

  • Analyze the thinking/writing process.
  • Understand the difference between the primary audience (for the immediate task) and other potential audiences.
  • Analyze case studies, assignments and real-world technical documents for reader and purpose.
  • Decide whether to focus writing on the 'actor' or the 'action.'
  • Evaluate and revise the first draft of a piece of writing that includes headings.
  • Identify your reader and purpose before you write.
  • Organize ideas using pre-writing techniques.
  • Use a standard format for letters and memos.
  • Write subject lines for your letters, memos, and emails.
  • Write routine letters and memos.
  • Write in a technical style.
  • Use headings and lists in your documents.
  • Write sentences that are clear, concise, and grammatically correct.
  • Write effective, well-organized effective paragraphs.
  • Decide the appropriate organizational structure for a paragraph, depending on its audience and purpose.
  • Assess the effectiveness of student writing by looking at how ideas are organized within paragraphs.
  • Identify and correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors.
  • Use MS-WORD to write, edit, and revise documents.
  • Prepare a list of questions for instructors and Program Head of your future program for Tech Day.
  • Use your communication skills to complete projects assigned in all your Technology Entry courses.

Speaking Skills

When you have successfully completed this course, you should be able to:

  • Participate effectively and confidently in small group discussions and group meetings.
  • Effectively obtain information from students, instructors, and Program Head on your future program during Tech Day activities.
  • Exhibit appropriate language choices, including register (level of formality) and tone for academic and workplace situations.
  • Summarize and paraphrase ideas from texts or handouts to the class.
  • Plan, organize, and deliver an effective oral report on a technology-related topic.
  • Express ideas and opinions clearly, coherently, and logically using Standard English and avoiding idioms.
  • Ask for feedback and give effective oral feedback.

Reading and Study Skills

When you have successfully completed this course, you should be able to:

  • Effectively use BCIT library facilities for research.
  • Use strategies to manage time effectively.
  • Effectively review your notes, handouts, and texts to prepare for exams.
  • Follow written instructions for classroom activities, assignments, and exams.
  • Research Internet and other sources to prepare oral report.
  • Use your reading and study skills in your BCIT courses.
  • Give tactful written feedback on group oral reports.
  • Judge the effectiveness of headings within a document.
  • Recognize active and passive voice.
  • Recognize grammar and mechanics errors in writing in order to make corrections.
  • Identify the purpose of technical documentation by recognizing what information is emphasized in its sentence structure.

Listening Skills

When you have successfully completed this course, you should be able to:

  • Follow oral instructions from instructor for classroom activities and assignments.
  • Listen to opinions, advice, ideas of classmates in order to complete team tasks.
  • Listen to oral reports of your classmates in order to obtain information, ask questions, and provide written feedback.
  • Listen to lectures in order to take effective notes.

Effective as of Fall 2012

Related Programs

Communication with ELT (COMM 0016) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Technology Entry (TE)
    Credential not offered by BCIT Full-time


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