Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Interpersonal and Small Group Communication Skills

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Media and Communications

DESCRIPTION This study-unit complements the primarily theoretical approaches covered in MCS1021. However, this study-unit adopts an experiential approach to learning about relationships and small group communications. The class meets for two whole-day sessions providing a mixture of practical experiences in small/large group settings and theoretical syntheses based on reflections about these experiences. The small group settings together with experience-reflection iterations are intended to offer students professional feedback on their specific interpersonal styles. Students are encouraged to be aware their own interpersonal styles and the personal dynamics generated by their interactions within group (both leisure and work related) settings.

Study-Unit Aims:

The study-unit has the following objectives:
- Provide an awareness of group and personal communication processes;
- Develop the necessary skills to involve oneself in communication processes;
- Develop skills to analyse contextualised communication processes;
- Identify impacts associated with one’s behaviour in interpersonal and small group settings;
- Meet peers and develop skills/relations that underpin teamwork approaches.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Describe the dynamics of human communication;
- Identify characteristics of one's personal communication style;
- Illustrate how one's behavioural communication patterns generate corresponding patterns of behavioural reactions in others.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Analyse one's behaviour through an action-reflection processes;
- Identify the differences between hearing and listening;
- Experience the impact of extraneous variables on the communication process;
- Experience feedback as a tool for behaviour change;
- Empathize with peers and others with whom they communicate.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Myers, G. E., & Myers, M. T. (1992). The dynamics of human communication: A laboratory approach. (6th ed.). New York: McGraw Hill Inc. (ISBN 0-07-044231-2)

Supplementary Readings:

- Adler, R. B., & Proctor, R. F. II (2016). Looking out, looking in. (15th ed.) Cencage Learning, Wadsworth.
- Johnson, D. W., and Johnson F. P. (2012). Joining together: Group theory and group skills. (11th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. (ISBN 978-0132678131)
- Knapp, M. L. (2013). Interpersonal communication and human relationships. (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Co-requisite Study-unit: MCS1021

The Assignment component will only be considered once the required participative attendance to the seminar has been completed.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Saviour Chircop

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