Plain Language Final Project

The final project in the Plain Language Certificate provides an opportunity for you to master, integrate and display the knowledge and skills learned in previous courses in the program. This is a directed study in which you’ll work on a practical solution to a communication challenge.

You will work with a community group that has a specific communication need. You will interact with the client to assess their need and assess the challenge from a communication perspective. You’ll then develop the framework for the project, gather the necessary information and data and justify your recommendation. Finally, you’ll undertake the necessary development of the communication product, produce the communication piece and report on the project.

The final project for this course is due one week after the course ends.


This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Julie Clement $630.00 25 Register
Online - - TBD $630.00 25 Register

Instructional hours: 21

Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

What will I learn?

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Apply problem analysis skills effectively
  • Synthesize personal and classroom experiences with field experience
  • Apply plain language principles and methods learned in previous courses
  • Develop client interaction and satisfaction skills
  • Translate a communication challenge into a feasible project with a plan, a strategy and deliverables
  • Integrate the various parts of a communication project, develop recommendations and summarize the project experience and results
  • Reflect on and evaluate experiences with peers and mentors.

How will I learn?

As this is the final course in the certificate program, prepare to spend 10 to 20 hours per week on coursework, including:

  • Weekly course modules accessed through CanvasGroup assignments
  • Independent writing assignments
  • Extra reading
  • Online research and discussion groups

Course materials will be available 24/7, and assignment deadlines will be posted well in advance, allowing you to set your own pace for learning.

How will I be evaluated?

Evaluation methods may vary, but you will be evaluated using standard university evaluation approaches, such as a combination of examinations, projects, labs, papers, case studies, assignments and individual and group participation. An A to F letter grading scale will be used. To qualify for a certificate, you must successfully complete the program courses with an overall minimum B average.

Textbooks and learning materials

All course materials will be provided online.

Hardware and software requirements 

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.

English language requirements

To succeed in this course, you will need an advanced level of written and spoken English. If you are unsure whether your English language skills are sufficient, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the following minimums:

  • Overall band score minimum 6.5
  • No band below 6.0
  • Writing band score minimum 8.0

Please note we can’t refund your registration fees after the course start date if you find your English language skills are not adequate.

If you have questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact your local IELTS Test Centre.

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