The Workplace Communication and Information Technology Microcredential conveys a basic knowledge of information technology and business communications to help students preparing to enter the workforce and workers needing to upgrade their skills secure and succeed in positions in the emerging economy. This Micro will consist of one course in communications and one in information technology, which together will give students a theoretical and practical introduction to how to acquire, analyze, and utilize information and communicate with management, peers, and customers. Students completing the Microcredential’s requirements will be equipped to contribute useful insights and operational capabilities to the enterprises that employ them.
Students are required to take 8 credits by completing both of the following courses at Old Westbury with a grade of B or higher:
- PS3230 Professional Communication 4 cr.
- PS3260 Information Technology for Professionals, 4 cr.
Skills and Competencies to be Gained
Students who complete these courses at the stipulated level will have demonstrated:
- Knowledge and understanding of professional communication fundamentals: theories and principles, leading conferences and meetings, general correspondence, specific writing techniques, purposeful messages, formal and informal lines of communication, report writing, and soft skills development through team collaboration.
- Knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of information technology: applications, management, computer-based information systems, the significance of big data, analyzing problems, and decision making for multicultural enterprises.
- Awareness of communication and information technology issues that arise within organizations and how to utilize this knowledge to successfully implement solutions.
- An ability to communicate effectively with workers, organizational leadership, customers, peers, and community stakeholders.
- An ability to critically appraise situations and synthesize theoretical knowledge and practical experience.
- An understanding of ethical practices in the workplace and the marketplace to promote a positive work environment for an increasingly diverse workforce, and an enterprise’s social and environmental responsibilities.
Both classes can count toward the BPS in Professional Studies, whether taken by current students or by non-matriculated students who subsequently matriculate.