Historical Background

The Department of Communication Studies was created to replace the Liberal and General Studies Department as a result of the re-alignment of departments and their academic staff to ensure effective utilization of resource capacities undertaken by the University in 2015. The Department of Communication Studies is under the School of Business and Management Studies with the core mandate to serve the various Academic Departments of the Polytechnic and also run its own programmes.

The Department is in charge of running the Pre- HND Access courses in Mathematics, English and Science. It is also in charge of the two year COTVET Access programmes in the Polytechnic. At the Tertiary level, the Department is responsible for handling French, Communication skills and African studies in all the various Schools and Departments of the institution.  The Department also runs short courses in Communicative English for foreigners from neighbouring Francophone countries as well as individuals in the Brong Ahafo Region and Communicative French for people in the community at the Modern Languages Section.

Mission Statement

The mission of the department is to expose students and the Polytechnic community to fundamental skills and knowledge in the various fields needed to enable them fit well in the Ghanaian society.

Objectives

The main objectives of the Department are to:

  • Train students to be fluent in French so that they can fit into the job market as Bilingual Secretaries, Chefs, Hotel Managers, Accountants, etc.
  • Train students to communicate fluently in English Language and also be able to write minutes, memos, reports etc.
  • Help students broaden their knowledge in cultural, traditional, political and socio-economic values of the African society.
  • Help students to develop high quantitative skills.
  • Organize the teaching of other foreign languages such as Spanish, Chinese and German at the Language Section for both students and the larger community.
  • Co – ordinate research on specialized areas that will contribute to the development of the community.

Teaching Programmes

The Department offers English Language, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science at the Non- Tertiary level.  Students preparing for external examinations in Business, Engineering, Hospitality, and other vocational programmes are required to take these four core courses.

In professions such as the hospitality industry and secretaryship and management studies, where French is a plus, students take at least two semesters of French language course.

At the Tertiary level, the Department offers compulsory courses in Communication skills and African Studies.

Facilities

The Modern Languages Section of the University falls under the Department of Communication Studies. It is charged with the responsibility of introducing Modern Languages into the Sunyani Technical University’s programmes of study. The lecturers at the section handle French in Departments such as: Hospitality and Tourism (both tertiary and non-tertiary levels), Commercial Studies Department (tertiary level), Accountancy Department (HND Computerised Accounting) and Communication Studies Department (Diploma in Public Relations). In addition to this, the centre also runs short courses in some selected foreign languages such as French, English, Elementary spoken Chinese, Spanish and Deutsch to the general public both in and outside Ghana. The Modern Language Section aspires to become a fully-fledged Department in the near future, providing diverse people with proficiency in some selected foreign languages.

Staffing

At the beginning of the 2016/2017 academic year, the Department had 16 staff; 13 academic staff (one on study leave) and 3 Administrative staff.  The staff has diverse professional backgrounds ranging from English, French, Social Science and Communication skills.