Business Communications

College-Approved Certificate (6 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 6001X02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017

This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

This College Certificate program is designed to improve workplace communication skills for those who are currently pursuing careers in business. Through a variety of practical assignments emphasizing common work-related documents, students apply techniques to improve their ability to write clearly, correctly and persuasively in a wide variety of business situations.

Graduates of this program may enhance their effectiveness in their current positions and increase the possibilities for advancement.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within three years.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).


  • ENL1962 English Fundamentals or an equivalent course must be completed before taking any other courses in this program.
  • ENL1798 – Critical Thinking is the equivalent substitute of ENL1798 Contemporary Canadian Issues.
CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Jean-Paul Lamarche, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 2569 or


Online:Online Learning   On campus: On Campus
HoursCourse NameWinterSummer
ENL196245.0English FundamentalsOnline Learning Online Learning
ENL501245.0Business Writing StrategiesOnline Learning Online Learning
ENL172645.0Language and Culture: Studying the Power of TextBlank Icon Blank Icon On Campus
ENL172545.0The Writing of Canadian IdentityThe Writing of Canadian Identity

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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ENL179845.0Contemporary Canadian IssuesOnline Learning Online Learning Blank Icon
ENL182945.0The Art of OratoryOnline Learning Online Learning Blank Icon


ENL1962 English Fundamentals

Students develop language skills necessary to promote success in program courses and, ultimately, business careers. Students achieve correctness and mastery in writing sentences appropriate to a business environment through the study of English language usage, mechanics and style. Skills acquired in these areas enable students to demonstrate competence in composing, editing and proofreading written messages.

ENL5012 Business Writing Strategies

Effective and practical writing skills are important for successful communication in business. Students develop practical writing skills using basic word processing technology. They learn how to compose business correspondence including emails, memoranda, letters, and reports, with a focus on routine and persuasive messages. A review of basic grammar is also included.

ENL1726 Language and Culture: Studying the Power of Text

From its use in contemporary art, advertising, social media, song lyrics, marketing, and literature, language and text have been used to express and evoke the entire range of human thoughts, reaction, and emotion. In this interactive, discussion-based course, students analyze and critique the use of language and the visual aspects of text as a form of expression. Through an examination of traditional and contemporary approaches to text, students will develop an understanding of how language and text influence expression, culture, and mass media. To complete their experience, students create and annotate an outlet for their own text-based artistic expression, using a medium of their choice.

ENL1798 Contemporary Canadian Issues

A critical understanding of contemporary Canadian issues is essential to being an active member in our democratic society. Students explore a variety of topics and analyze their ethical implications and relevance to Canadian life. Discussions and debates, as well as related interactive activities, offer opportunities to consider recent controversies from different perspectives. Use of a variety of media (e.g. newspapers, articles and electronic resources) allows for in-depth reflection on the history of current social and political issues.

ENL1829 The Art of Oratory

From ghost stories around the campfire to political speeches by world leaders, oratory plays a significant role in human interaction. Participants examine the social significance of public speaking, including theoretical, psychological and physiological aspects of this art. Participants prepare and take part in workshops, as well as critique and deliver oral presentations, as they tell their own stories.