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.


Instructional hours: 21

This course is available only to accepted Plain Language Certificate students who have completed all prerequisites listed above. 


Location: Online
Format: Self-paced within deadlines set by instructor
Duration: 7 weeks
Tuition: $630
Available only to students enrolled in:
Plain Language Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

This course is reserved for students enrolled in the certificate program.

Start Date
Seats Available
Start DateTue, Oct 24, 2023
  • Tue, Oct 24 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Oct 31 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Nov 7 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Nov 14 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Nov 21 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Nov 28 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Dec 5 (self-paced all week)
Seats Available23

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • 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 you will learn and be evaluated

Prepare to spend 6-10 hours per week on coursework, including:

  • Readings
  • Assignments
  • Online discussions

You will be evaluated on:

  • Participation in discussions
  • Assignments
  • Final project (due 1 week after course ends)

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.

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.