Foundations of Communication - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Non Award
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Structured discussion (15%) , Assignment 2 - Group task (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,299.00
International 1,549.00

Students develop their knowledge and skills in effective spoken, written and graphic communication in a tertiary context. Communication strategies appropriate for purpose and audience are applied in practical and interactive learning tasks involving interpersonal communication, presentation, negotiation and language skills.

Please Note: This unit cannot be used as credit towards a university course. However, it is designed to enable students to qualify for entry to an undergraduate degree.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify and use interpersonal strategies appropriate for purpose and audience when communicating in spoken, written and online modes in the learning environment
  2. execute an oral presentation using visual tools format to enhance the message
  3. participate in a team project and produce a blog or wiki on an assigned topic that demonstrates effective online, interpersonal and collaborative learning practices
  4. demonstrate competent communicative skill in using English for academic purposes (in reading, writing, speaking and listening activities).
  • Assignment 1 — Structured discussion (15%)
  • Assignment 2 — Group task (35%)
  • Assignment 3 — Individual Reflection (10%)
  • Assignment 4 — Oral presentation (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Audio/Visual equipment

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction, academic and digital integrity
2Understanding what communication is
3Communication types and settings
4Effective communication skills
5Visual communication
6Online security, social media and online educational tools
7Collaborating and communicating effectively in teams
8Working in teams
9Public speaking and oral presentations
10Oral communication tools
11University learning environment
12Revision, trial presentation submission

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links
  • Wikis

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