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. Special focus is also directed to understanding the importance of culturally safe practice during communication with diverse and minority groups within the community. 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.

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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;  
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of culturally safe communication practices with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' and diverse and minority communities; and  
  4. Discuss the value of reflection and constructive feedback in a professional context.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Series of micro-presentations (4) (10% each) 40%
Assignment Group assignment Part A: Video Part B: Group reflection 35%
Assignment Individual assignment Written communication 25%

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