This unit aims to build in students a readiness to communicate evidence and opinions clearly in professional settings. The unit serves to clarify the expectations held regarding communication in academia and the professional world, with a focus on the specific standards applied in the disciplines and professions associated with distinct courses. It builds in students the foundational knowledge and skills needed to begin to meet those expectations. Two axes of communication are explored: unilateral communication (e.g. speech, presentation, memo, executive summary) and interactive communication (e.g. interview, committee meeting, correspondence chain, social media thread). In all cases, a primary focus is on the meeting of expectations held by the receivers of the communication. As well as offering practical support for later academic assessment, the unit also develops skills needed in senior-years practical and industry project units, as well as in other forms of community and professional engagement.

Unit details

Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
HCM1000

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate inter-professional practice and communication;  
  2. Meet professional norms for accuracy and ethics in spoken and written communications, including standards of grammar and presentation; and  
  3. Discuss the value of reflection and constructive feedback in a professional context.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Series of micro-presentations 30%
Exercise Mind-map representation of communication context 20%
Assignment Group communication product: Part A (Video-30%) Part B (Written Communication-15%) Part C (Reflection of video-5%) 50%

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