|Year of offer||2017|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 2|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Effective communication is the key to successful practice in many disciplines. This subject details how talk is managed in a range of professional settings, including: education (e.g. teacher-student interactions); medicine (e.g. doctor-patient consultations), psychology (e.g. counselling), law (e.g. question design in courtrooms), and journalism (e.g. radio interviews).
This subject will introduce students to interactional practices that are common to all workplaces: negotiation and resolving conflict; sources of misunderstanding; aligning with other speakers; managing topics; and different cultural practices in making sense of talk at work. Students will learn how interaction is organized based on the fundamental tenets of conversation analysis: turn-taking, repair and the sequential organization of talk. Students will develop an understanding of how these rules are managed in a range of settings, understanding talk as collaboratively achieved and fundamental to professional development.
On completion of this subject, students will be able to evaluate practices of effective communication in a range of professional settings, develop their own communication skills, and identify practical solutions to communication problems in the workplace.
On completion of this students should be able to:
- Identify verbal and non-verbal features of talk, using conversation analysis transcription;
- Identify and explain the structural ‘rules' of talk;
- Demonstrate key understandings of how communication is (mis)managed in professional settings;
- Analyse specific communication practices used in different professional contexts;
- Demonstrate how research evidence can provide solutions to communication issues in the workplace.
- Research skills through effective use of library resources and electronic databases;
- Critical thinking and analysis through reviews of the research literature and workshop discussions;
- Creative thinking through conceptualising theoretical problems, forming judgements and arguments from conflicting evidence and by critical analysis;
- Communicating knowledge effectively through workshop discussions and assessment tasks;
- Written communication skills through assignment preparation;
- Public speaking skills through workshop discussions;
- Attention to detail through assignment preparation and writing;
- Time management and planning through managing and organising workloads for class participation, recommended reading, and assignment completion.