Fall 2020 - IAT 103W D100

Design Communication and Collaboration (3)

Class Number: 7793

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM



Teaches essential skills for negotiating first-year course work successfully. Covers the principles, practice and understanding of effective communication, research, critical thinking, and teamwork with a focus on issues central to the practice of IAT as a profession. Presents opportunities to practice and develop interpersonal skills and make that expertise transferable to the workplace. Writing.


In today’s dynamic work and learning environments, students need to be prepared to deal with the numerous and diverse choices presented within their academic studies, the future workplace, and their personal lives. The abundance of information available will only create a more informed citizenry if we can all develop a complementary cluster of abilities that enable us to use and disseminate information effectively.

The goal of Design Communication & Collaboration is to teach you essential skills that will enable you to negotiate your first year coursework successfully and provide a strong foundation for the rest of your academic career. This course teaches the principles, practice and understanding of effective communication, research, critical thinking and teamwork that are needed within both face-to-face and virtual environments. The course’s assignments and activities present a variety of practical learning opportunities for you to practice and develop writing, communication and interpersonal skills, and make that expertise transferable from classroom to workplace.


Learning Outcomes

Students will:

- Practice team building skills, interpersonal communication and public speaking skills that will support a team presentation.

- Critique writing based on the core principles of effective professional writing.

- Develop effective strategies for credible academic and professional research and implement these in an academic research paper.

- Create writing based on the core principles of effective professional writing.

- Practice how to interpret, generate, compose, and revise reasonable arguments within a persuasive writing process.


  • Quizzes and Participation 20%
  • Midterm Exam 30%
  • Writing Assignments 20%
  • Research Paper 30%


Note: This outline is a draft and subject to change.

If Fall 2020 is offered online, students should ensure they have computers and reliable internet access. 



Resources & Learning Support

Student Learning Commons: http://learningcommons.sfu.ca/

Digital Library Services: http://www.lib.sfu.ca

Online course materials: http://www.webct.sfu.ca

Teammates: create a contact list

Instructor and TA: contact us for an appointment


Using Email

If you send e-mails during normal office hours (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm), we will try to reply within 24 hours. Instructors and TAs do not answer emails on weekends and holidays.

Make sure you check your SFU e-mail address. All major announcements and updates will be emailed to IAT103W students via the course email list.

Personal concerns or team related messages should be emailed to your instructor directly.


Academic Integrity

Don’t cheat! It makes your instructors really angry. And making them angry never pays off. It might save you a little work right now, but it’s really not worth the price if you get caught. Usually, the price is not getting marks for an assignment or course, but if you get caught enough, it can prevent you from graduating.

You are cheating (plagiarizing) if you:

Submit work that has been written, produced or researched by someone else,

Submit work that has previously been submitted for another class,

Use material (quotes, ideas, pictures, etc.) from another source without clearly indicated where the information came from using a proper citation, or

Pretend that someone else’s ideas are your own.

SFU’s policies on this (and other things) can be found at:


If you have any questions about this code or about plagiarism or academic dishonesty in general, please come and see us during our office hours.


"They Say / I Say:  The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing" (2018) by Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein; 4th Edition; W.W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393631678

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).