Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Communication Skills for Health Professions

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Health Sciences

DESCRIPTION This study-unit provides students with theoretical insight on basic communication skills and their application to effective communication in health care relationships. Students are also engaged in group discussions, self-reflection and group evaluation of recorded role plays to better understand the role of communication skills in supporting functional professional relationships in health care settings.

Study-unit Aims:

- To provide students with an in-depth understanding of models of communication and potential causes and outcomes of breakdown;
- To increase students' self awareness and emotional intelligence;
- To encourage students to reflect on the components of effective interpersonal relationships in daily settings;
- To enable students to evaluate the dynamics of effective professional relationships.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Understand communication models as well as the causes and outcomes of positive and negative spirals of communication;
- Appreciate the importance of self-awareness and emotional intelligence in supporting effective interpersonal relationships in daily and health care settings;
- Understand the principles of therapeutic communication.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Evaluate the effectiveness of communicative interactions in daily settings;
- Engage in an awareness of their own values, emotions and communication styles;
- Evaluate the communicative interactions taking place between health care professionals and patients;
- Implement the principles of therapeutic use of self and therapeutic communication in professional practice.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Allen, J., & Brock, S. A. (2000). Health care communication using personality type : Patients are different! Routledge
- Boone, D.R. and Plante, E. (1993) Human Communication and its Disorders (2nd ed.) New Jersey: Prentice Hall
- Burnard, P. (1999) Counselling Skills for Health Professionals (3rd ed.). Cheltenham: Stanley Thornes
- Crawford, P., Brown, B., & Bonham, P. (2006). Communication in clinical settings. Nelson Thornes
- Davis, C. M. (2006) (Ed.) Patient Practitioner Interaction: An experiential manual for developing the art of health care (4th ed.). NJ: SLACK Inc
- Devito J. A. (1997) Human Communication: The Basic Course (7th ed.). Longman
- Purtilo, R. and Haddad, A. (1996) Health Professional and Patient Interaction (5th ed.). Pennsylvania: W. B. Saunders
- Silverman, J., Kurtz, S. and Draper, J. (2005) Skills for Communicating with Patients (2nd ed.). Oxon: Radcliffe.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study and Group Learning

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Analysis Task SEM2 Yes 40%
Examination (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Daniela R. Gatt

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