Social Media Essentials
Gain a fundamental understanding of the many aspects related to social media including digital communication, monitoring, measurement, privacy, security and branding. Students will learn how to integrate messaging and media into coordinated strategies to achieve marketing objectives.
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- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.
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Mandatory Courses - Choose 5
|Course Number||Course Name||Course Description|
|ADVR10072||Applied Social Media in Business||ACCELERATED! Explore the application of social media in business organizations. Topics: corporate branding, fundraising, social media advocacy campaigns, realigning and utilizing traditional approaches to marketing, advertising and branding using social media. Discover the best practices for using social media as a learning and collaboration tool within organizations and in a professional networking and expertise-sharing capacity. Working knowledge of social media recommended. 42 hours.|
|ADVR10074||Developing a Social Media Strategy||ACCELERATED! Focus on skills-building and creating and implementing a social media strategy including identifying and working with social media tools, assessing how tools support overall branding, advertising, marketing and/or communication strategies. Explore, identify and engage online communities that support internal and external social media strategies and learn about resources that aid in the development and implementation of effective social media strategies. 42 hours.|
|COMM10342||Digital Communication (Social Media)||ACCELERATED! Social media requires a different approach to communication and writing in terms of how you write, who you are communicating with and how your message is received. Use social media tools to practice and assess your social media writing capacity. 42 hours.|
|MCOM10228||Introduction to Social Media||ACCELERATED! Explore the fundamentals of social media including emerging technologies and tools, current trends and future directions, benefits, values and risks. Analyze case studies to assess how social media impacts and influences fields such as communication and marketing and how it informs future trends and developments. 42 hours.|
|ADVR10075||Measuring Social Media Impact||ACCELERATED! Discover the tools available for monitoring and measuring social media efforts. Discuss the challenges of ongoing measurement in a rapidly changing field and explore strategies for addressing these challenges. Introduces basic Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and how social media efforts can lead to increased and effective website traffic. Fundamentals of social media recommended. 42 hours.|
|ADVR10073||Personal Social Media Branding||ACCELERATED! The line between personal and professional use of social media and the impact it has on both spheres is rarely clear. Develop an understanding of best practices for employee behaviour using social media and explore the common social media roles within an organization. Develop personal branding guidelines; identify differences between being personal and personable online and establish guidelines on how to create appropriate separation of professional versus personal life. 28 hours. Course is being suspended: March is the last intake.|
|MCOM10374||Social Media Policy||ACCELERATED! Learners explore the fundamentals of social media. Topics covered include an introduction to social media and other emerging technologies and tools, current trends and future directions, benefits, values and risks. Learners analyze case studies to assess how social media impacts and influences fields, such as communication and marketing, and how it informs future trends and developments. Course is being suspended: July is the last intake.|
|MCOM10227||Social Media Privacy & Security||ACCELERATED! Privacy and security of information are major concerns for individuals and organizations alike. Learners explore the importance of evaluating what and how personal and corporate information is stored and what information can readily be found online. By examining the associated Canadian legislation, learners learn to protect intellectual property, adhere to copyright laws, as well as advise others on confidentiality laws and keeping information secure. 28 hours. Course is being suspended: January is the last intake.|
|ADVR10076||Social Media Risk Management||ACCELERATED! In the age of social media, communicators need to be ready to deal with crises at faster speeds than ever before. Explore topics covering internal and external crises, dealing with an unexpected crisis, using appropriate language in a crisis, and planning for a crisis. Using real-world case studies, learners critique steps taken to handle crises, prepare communications to be used in a crisis situation and create a social media crisis plan for a community organization. 42 hours. Course is being suspended: May is the last intake.|
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