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Certificate in Communication and Information Design

At a glance ...

  • 12 credit hours
  • 1 year to complete (on average)
  • Graduate certificate may qualify for Financial Assistance

What are the required courses?

  • Advanced Professional and Technical Communication (PTC 601) *
  • Advanced Information Design (PTC 606) *
  • Research Methods in Information Design (PTC 610) *
    • Select one (1) from the following:
  • Theory and Practice of Social Media (PTC 629) *
  • Analyzing Social Networks (PTC 698) *
  • Corporate Media and Communication (PTC 642) *

* Already or shortly available online

Where can I take the courses?

Today’s innovations in communication have created an undeniable demand for specialists in information design and communication. Corporations, governments, and non profits are engaging in digital media to extend the reach of their initiatives, provide a fresh platform for launching new products and services, and involve employees in new ways. Graduates from this certificate program will know when and how to use media tools to foster dialogue and drive action. Students will gain competencies in communication, information design, and new technologies.

Who is this program recommended for?

This program, which is completely available online, is ideal for working professionals who want or need to update skills for their current profession. Students who want to change careers and enter the field of information design and communication will also gain from this certificate. Corporations, government, big and small businesses all need the expertise of specialists in information design and communication.

What will I learn?

  • Deep understanding of the relationship between communication, design, and technology
  • Professional use of social media as communication tools in business, education, by non-profits and as communities of interest
  • How and when to use blogging, tagging, wiki writing, podcasting, tweeting, and podcasting
  • Social media strategies for reading and writing in today’s multi-cultural, screen-oriented, networked culture.
  • Detailed understanding of online visual communication strategies and community building -- design and creation of multimedia objects, usability heuristics, navigation theory, contemporary design practices and online community building 
  • User research methods such as contextual inquiry, ethnographic field studies, card sorting, affinity diagramming, and usability testing that provide the foundation for user-centered design
  • User and task analysis, rhetorical strategies
  • Contemporary types of technical communication
  • Comprehensive professional ePortfolio of your work that will enhance your résumé

Why study for a Graduate Certificate in the Communication and Information Design through CPE?

NJIT, at the leading edge of technology and science, provides the technical backbone for a program involving communication and information design. Several market indicators point to this field as a strong career choice for 2010 and beyond. The United States Department of Labor, US News and World Report, and The Wall Street Journal have all recently identified expertise in information design and communication as a knowledge area in high demand.

Prerequisites

NJIT standard admission requirements apply to this graduate certificate. In addition:

  1. Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Professional high-speed internet connection access from a computer that is not behind a firewall. Access to Moodle and to synchronous chat are often prevented by many companies' security policies. Please check with your company if you plan to access this course from work.
  2. Familiarity with using the computer as a tool of learning.
  3. Fluency with Microsoft Word, and confidence in exploring the Internet.
  4. Commitment to distance learning as a mode of education. You should be prepared to visit the course Web site daily and post observations in discussion groups. If technical problems arise, you will not let these stand in the way of obtaining material and submitting work.

Related Degree Programs

This credential relates in its entirety to NJIT MS in Professional and Technical Communication or MS in Information Systems

Take Note

Check the course descriptions for more information. Some course has prerequisites and must be taken in order.

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