Fall 2023 - IAT 103W D200

Design Communication and Collaboration (3)

Class Number: 7124

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM  2023-09-06  2023-12-05
    SRYC 2750, Surrey



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.


  • Workshops and Participation 10%
  • Writing Assignments 20%
  • Research Paper 40%
  • Team Project 30%


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

As Fall 2021 will have online components, 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





"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

Norman, D. (2004). Emotional Design: Why we love (or hate) everyday things. Basic Books, New York. 
ISBN: 9780465051366


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.