PRC400 - Improv for Business Professionals

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Subject Title
Improv for Business Professionals

Subject Description
Improv is a non-traditional way for business professionals to refine their interpersonal skills.  The ability to communicate effectively, think on your feet and work well with a team can determine success in business.  This course focuses on the skills needed to be highly effective in organizations through confidence building improvisational techniques.  It is designed to encourage risk taking and to accept failures by building on the ideas of others in a collaborative creative problem solving effort. Participants learn how to better handle stressful situations, overcome shyness, handle awkward moments and communicate more powerfully.   

Credit Status
ONE CREDIT. (Not applicable in any Diploma or Certificate Programs.)

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Incorporate a basic 'improv' vocabulary
  2. Explore new approaches to problem solving
  3. Foster better listening skills and team 
  4. Use imagination quickly and spontaneously in dealing with unexpected situations
  5. Explain the importance of physical presence and body language


Essential Employability Skills
Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

Students will develop their improvisational skills through generating, improvising, practicing new ideas and taking 'risks'; observing, reflecting, and sharing ideas; bringing real life experience to work; and, listening effectively and speaking clearly and directly as participants in class activities.

Mode of Instruction

To ensure that students are engaged as much as possible in the communication process and in further developing improvisational skills, the instructor will use appropriate teaching modes, such as the following:
  • ongoing constructive criticism
  • appropriate examples
  • question and answer techniques
  • classroom discussion
  • improv exercises and games
  • pair and group work
  • pair and group presentations
  • consultation

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Required Supplies
Notebook and pen/pencil

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Grades are entirely based on participation, commitment, individual growth and attendance and the ability to apply improvisational notes and criticism given by the instructor.  The instructor analyzes and criticizes individual work and offers constructive criticism applicable to the individual and the group as a whole. 

Individual Exercises (4x20%) 80%
Group Exercise 20%

The highly practical nature of the sessions makes regular attendance a vital factor in understanding new vocabulary and methodology.  Since classes are a series of building blocks, there is no means of catching up on classes which are missed. Students are expected not to miss more than three classes, after which marks are lowered accordingly.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood