PD3: Communication focuses on the nature and function of communication in the workplace. The style and medium of communication used on the job can change quickly as coworkers move between casual conversations, email threads, and formal meetings in the space of just a few minutes. What does it mean to be a great communicator in each of those arenas? Students who take PD3 are better equipped to answer that question.

What do PD3 students do?

  • Practice effective ways to communicate in complex situations at various levels of workplace hierarchy
  • Learn to adapt communication methods based on the audience and purpose of the message
  • Cultivate skills for creating and giving presentations, leading meetings, and resolving conflict

Student testimonials

  • "It was a good course. Thank you for helping improve my communication skills in the workplace."
  • "Some of the main strengths of the course are that it helps me to understand my own communication strength and weakness... Moreover, it taught me to be more conscious about the ethos when communicating with others which is very important in the workplace."

Course instructor

Andrew McMurry

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Dr. McMurry is an associate professor in the department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo. His primary teaching duties are in the Rhetoric and Professional Writing programme at the undergraduate level, and in the Rhetoric and Communication Design programme at the graduate level. He regularly teaches courses on environmental discourse, new media, rhetorical criticism, semiotics, and writing.

Dr. McMurry received his PhD in English from Indiana University, where he was able to combine his continuing interest in the life sciences with the study of language and literature, culminating in a dissertation supervised by Cary Wolfe. Many of the ideas he developed in that work went into his book, Environmental Renaissance.

Contact information

You can reach the PD3 course team at pd3@uwaterloo.ca.