COM101 - Communicating Across Contexts

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Subject Title
Communicating Across Contexts

Subject Description
This course introduces students to the core concepts of communication. Students will cultivate an awareness of these concepts by analyzing how they are used in a variety of texts and contexts, and they will apply these concepts strategically in their own writing. Through a variety of writing tasks centred on these core concepts of communication, students will develop the transferrable reading and writing skills essential for success in their post-secondary studies, workplaces, and communities.

Credit Status
COM101 (equivalent to COM111) is a compulsory credit course for most diploma, advanced diploma, and certificate programs at Seneca. 

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

  • Summarize a variety of texts to demonstrate comprehension.
  • Compose written texts using communication strategies suitable for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Analyze a variety of texts to determine the credibility of those sources.
  • Create informed arguments in response to a variety of texts.
  • Revise writing for clarity, coherence, and grammatical correctness.

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.

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
Seneca upholds a learning community that values academic integrity, honesty, fairness, trust, respect, responsibility and courage. These values enhance Seneca's commitment to deliver high-quality education and teaching excellence, while supporting a positive learning environment. Ensure that you are aware of Seneca's Academic Integrity Policy which can be found at: Review section 2 of the policy for details regarding approaches to supporting integrity. Section 2.3 and Appendix B of the policy describe various sanctions that can be applied, if there is suspected academic misconduct (e.g., contract cheating, cheating, falsification, impersonation or plagiarism).

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.

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

EAC149, EAP500, ESL934, ELI Level 8, or placement based on a Seneca College English Skills Assessment              

Topic Outline

  • Core Concepts of Writing (purpose; audience; genre; language and tone; main ideas and supporting details; persuasive appeals – logic, emotion, and credibility)
  • Reading and Writing Processes
  • Summarizing and Paraphrasing
  • Unity and Coherence in Texts
  • Critical Analysis of Texts
  • Argumentation
  • Conducting Research
  • Integrating Sources
  • APA Documentation
  • Revision and Editing

Mode of Instruction
To ensure that students are engaged as much as possible in the communication process, professors will use a variety of appropriate teaching modes: lectures, question and answer techniques, tutorials, classroom discussion, group work, individual or group oral presentations, computer-aided instruction, computer conferencing, independent learning materials printed or electronically recorded and/or transmitted, distance education materials, and consultation.

Prescribed Texts
You will access all reading materials for this course through the Blackboard site. There is no textbook for this course.

Reference Material
You should possess an appropriate college-level English dictionary. In addition, all students are required to use the following Research Guide for their assignments: APA Citation Guide, Seneca Libraries:

Required Supplies
See professor for information on required supply.

Student Progression and Promotion Policy
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:

  • Average of 50% or better for the two tests.
  • 50% or better on the overall course.

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
In Class
Summary Assignment    10%
Academic Argument      15%
Transfer Assignments     35%
Formative Assessments  15%
Final Exam                       25%
Summary Assignment      10%
Academic Argument         15%
Transfer Assignments       30%
Formative Assessments   15%
Final Exam                       30%              

Approved by: John Stilla