CYT200 - Communication Skills for Cybersecurity Professionals

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Subject Title
Communication Skills for Cybersecurity Professionals

Subject Description

 Effective communication is a cornerstone of most successful careers. The ability to relate the importance of any information security program to leaders in business terms using accurate and concise written correspondence, reports, and presentations is essential to success. Throughout this course students will develop and put into practice effective communication skills demonstrating appropriate consideration of audience, context, format, tone and media.

Credit Status
One Credit

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

1. Analyze audience, context, and purpose to choose the most effective message structure, format, content, language, tone, and medium for the situation
2. Format business documents and compose text using concise, professional, coherent, and grammatically and mechanically sound language
3. Write business reports, adapting the content and structure to suit a variety of purposes
4. Incorporate research material into business documents using ethical documentation and citation practices
5. Create visual aids using digital tools
6. Apply principles of effective presentations when delivering information orally
7. Use digital and mobile applications to plan, create, and communicate information

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

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

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

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

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

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.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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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 Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.