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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Anti-requisites

BHS00161 Interpersonal Communication

Unit aim

Introduces students to the theory and models of effective communication in academic and professional contexts. Includes written communication, non-verbal communication, communicating in groups and teams, and communicating with specific groups, such as people with disabilities, and children and young people. Communication challenges are examined, including cross-cultural communication and managing conflict.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction

Topic 2: Understanding communication theory and models

Topic 3: Speech, conversation and nonverbal communication

Topic 4: Interpersonal encounters and interviews

Topic 5: Self-esteem, assertiveness and managing conflict

Topic 6: Writing and documentation in academic and workplace settings

Topic 7: Style and language in academic and workplace settings

Topic 8: Communication – the example of cross-cultural communication

Topic 9: Communication with specific populations, including children and young people, and people with disabilities

Topic 10: Communicating in groups, including families, teams and meetings

Topic 11: Managing communication in organisations

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate knowledge of a range of verbal, nonverbal, and written communication skills and their application to academic and work settings
2 articulate what some of the barriers are to effective communication
3 reflect on their own communication patterns and personal values and how these may impact on their ability to effectively communicate with other people

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of a range of verbal, nonverbal, and written communication skills and their application to academic and work settings
    • GA6:
  2. articulate what some of the barriers are to effective communication
    • GA6:
  3. reflect on their own communication patterns and personal values and how these may impact on their ability to effectively communicate with other people
    • GA3:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Please note this text is also available as an e-text (see MySCU for details and link): Beebe SA, Beebe SJ & Redmond MV, 2014, Interpersonal Communication: Relating to Others, 7th Pearson New International Edition, Pearson , Essex. ISBN: 9781292040318 / 1292040319.

  • Please note this text is also available as an e-text (see MySCU for details and link): Beebe SA, Beebe SJ & Redmond MV, 2014, Interpersonal Communication: Relating to Others, 7th Pearson New International Edition, Pearson , Essex. ISBN: 9781292040318 / 1292040319.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.