MSTM 5000 3.00

Level Graduate

This course provides students with the opportunity to hone important management and leadership competencies in the areas of communication and team building. Since contemporary business environments have moved to flatter, team-based structures, managers must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively to facilitate creative collaboration. The ability to think strategically about all forms of communication with diverse audiences is essential for professional advancement. As well, the ability to understand how groups and teams function, and the factors causing team success or failure, is essential in the modern workplace. Therefore, the aim of this course is to develop knowledge of effective oral and written communication techniques and to demonstrate how such communication skills intersect with positive team strategies and practices, such as problem-solving and decision-making. The course uses a workshop format that relies heavily on in-class experiential learning, including small group exploration, class discussions, self-assessments and peer feedback, to develop skills in communication and the management of team dynamics.