BESC1011 Interpersonal Communication

Bachelor Course Unit

BESC1011 Interpersonal Communication

Level: 1st year

Credit points: 3

Prerequisites: none


Unit description

This unit provides students with knowledge and skills required for effective interpersonal communication in oral and written forms, by building on strengths and recognising areas of improvement. Students will also develop and apply effective interpersonal skills to interactions with others, including assertiveness skills and giving feedback to others. The development of self awareness and self reflection will be facilitated through experiential learning activities. Students are introduced to the research and study skills necessary for academic success. Students will learn to summarise and synthesise written information and to think critically about writers' arguments. The use of Turn it in as a self assessment tool in academic writing will be introduced.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of academic writing, including use of formal English; approaches for different assessment genres; carrying out basic research; correct referencing; and understanding plagiarism.
  • summarise and synthesise information
  • think critically, analyse, interpret, process and communicate information effectively
  • develop and apply effective research skills
  • identify the structure and organisation of an essay
  • plan, compose and revise assignment tasks
  • use Turn it in as a self-assessment tool
  • develop ICT skills required for online learning at ACAP
  • develop and apply strategies to manage time and organise resources
  • employ strategies to manage stress levels, including assertiveness skills
  • develop skills in active listening, giving feedback to others and self awareness

Unit content

  • Introduction to interpersonal communication in written and oral forms
  • Developing information and communication technology skills
  • Learning, planning and stress management
  • Finding academic resources and referencing using the APA style
  • Effective reading and note-taking for study success
  • Summarising and synthesising information
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Planning and structuring essays and reports
  • Writing and revising essays and reports
  • Academic integrity - Understanding and avoiding plagiarism
  • Oral presentation skills
  • Active listening, giving feedback to others and self-awareness

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 6.5 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Type

Weighting

Week

Cluster One

   

Task 1: Developing ICT skills: Discussion forum post and evaluation

10%

6

Task 2: Learning styles: Study plan covering three weeks including strategies


10%

                                                 6

Task 3: Academic resources: Literature search and evaluation of quality

10%

6

Task 4: Referencing using the APA style: Reference list exercise in APA 6th ed. style

10%

6

Task 5: Reading and note-taking: Completed note-taking grid for Section 6 reading

10%

8

Task 6: Summarising and synthesising: Mind mapping exercise

10%

8

Task 7: Critical thinking skills: Essay topic and evidence

10%

8

Task 8: Essay and report structures: Essay structure exercise

10%

12

Task 9: Academic integrity: Paraphrasing exercise

10%

 12

Task 10: Oral presentation skills: Oral presentation and self-evaluation

10%

12

Graduate attributes

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

  • Knowledge of the framework of counselling theory, and a foundational understanding of the major theories of counselling
  • Understanding of and the appropriate application of counselling skills in a range of contexts and circumstances
  • Understanding what constitutes ethical practice in counselling interactions
  • The ability to effectively and appropriately apply the micro and macro skills of counselling
  • The ability to recognise major transition points in human development and major forms of mental illness and know when and how to appropriately refer clients

Recommended text

Brick, J. (2011). Academic culture: A student's guide to studying at university. (2nd ed.). South Yarra, VIC: Macmillan Australia.

Relevant journals

Australian Journal of Psychology
Communication Reports
Communication Research
Communication Quarterly
European Journal of Social Psychology
Human Communication Research
Human Relations
Information and Behavior
International Studies of Management and Organization
Journal of Business Communication
Journal of Counseling and Development
Journal of Education for Business
Journal of Psychology
Journal of Social Issues
Journal of Social Psychology
Organization Science
Personnel Psychology

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. Please refer tohttp://currentstudents.acap.edu.au/assets/Managing-My-Course/A-Z-Policies/Academic-Misconduct-Policy.pdf for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.

Disclaimer

This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it again at the beginning of the semester.