Free Online Course on Business Fundamentals: Effective Communication

The Open University (OU) is offering free online course on Business Fundamentals: Effective Communication. This course is intended for anyone seeking to develop their fundamental business skills, whether to increase their employability or secure a promotion.

In this four-week course applicants will gain a practical grounding in communication to boost your personal effectiveness, save you time and reduce your stress levels. The course will start on 9th January 2016.

Course At A Glance

Length: 4 weeks
Effort:  3 hours/week
Subject: Business Fundamentals: Effective Communication
Institution: Open University (OU) and FutureLearn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Starts on 9th January

Providers’ Details

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning. The Open University is rated one of the best in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey. All Open University Science courses presented on FutureLearn are produced with the kind support of Dangoor Education.

About This Course

Faced with a daily deluge of information, we have never had greater need of clear communication skills. This free course offers you a practical grounding in using a range of communication media, which will boost your personal effectiveness, save you time and reduce your stress levels.

Improve your written and verbal communication skills

You will discover the principles of writing influential documents for work such as reports and proposals. As you learn simple frameworks for emails and meetings you’ll immediately put them into practice and increase your productivity. You will find new confidence in your ability to make convincing presentations and conduct productive meetings – whether virtual or face to face. You will develop communication approaches that are sensitive to cultural and personal difference and are tailored to the occasion, whether online, in writing or face to face.

Develop fundamental business and finance skills

This course has been developed by the Open University Business School – a pioneering institution that is triple accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. It is one of eight from The Open University, designed to help you gain fundamental business and financial skills, including communication, networking, relationship building, project management, personal financial planning and management, investment and financial services.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

Applicants will gain a practical grounding in communication to boost your personal effectiveness, save you time and reduce your stress levels.

Requirements

This course is intended for anyone seeking to develop their fundamental business skills, whether to increase their employability or secure a promotion. The course does not require any previous study of communication.

Instructors

Hilary Collins

Hilary is a strategic design academic with research interests in the economic and cultural role of the creative industries. She teaches OU courses in Strategy and Design Thinking.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, they will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on their My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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