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MODULE DESCRIPTOR
Module Title
Communication Studies
Reference AS2049 Version 2
Created August 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 8
Approved May 2011 SCQF Points 15
Amended August 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To provide students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of communication and educational methods, and their applications in practice.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Evaluate communication processes such as group work, interviewing, counselling, letter writing, e-mail, and telephone, their facilitation and barriers in a variety of situations.
2 Explain the principles of educational methods and the design and development of appropriate resources and materials.
3 Reflect actively on working within an inter-professional environment.

Indicative Module Content
Different methods and styles of communication required for interacting with service users, colleagues at all levels and the general public. Principles of oral communication necessary for interaction with individuals and groups including aspects of convening and managing meetings. Principles of written communication necessary for all aspects of practice including report writing, communicating with service users and colleagues and record keeping. Professional communications, interviewing, counselling, letter writing, e-mail and telephone. Team working, awareness of self and others, and how to seek and accept guidance. Barriers to communication and ways in which these may be overcome. Theories of communication including counselling and behavioural science. Principles of education theory, adult learning as applied to individuals and groups. Methods available to teach others to teach. Resources for preparing educational materials for individuals and groups. Multi-disciplinary team working, including inter-professional education.

Module Delivery
Theoretical material is delivered by lectures and seminars. Workshops and tutorials will provide opportunities for practical application and development of skills.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 30 N/A
Non-Contact Hours 120 N/A
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 N/A
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

ASSESSMENT PLAN
If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Examination Weighting: 100% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2
Description: C1 is an unseen, closed book examination.
Component 2
Type: Coursework Weighting: 0% Outcomes Assessed: 3
Description: C2 is a written reflection on inter-professional working, assessed as a competence.

MODULE PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTOR
Explanatory Text
This module is assessed using the two components of assessment as detailed in the Assessment Plan. To pass this module, students must achieve a module grade D or better.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A A mark for C1 of 70 % or more, and a pass in C2.
B A mark for C1 between 60 and 69 %, and a pass in C2.
C A mark for C1 between 50 and 59 %, and a pass in C2.
D A mark for C1 between 40 and 49 %, and a pass in C2.
E MARGINAL FAIL. A mark for C1 of 40 % or more and fail in C2; or a mark for C1 between 35 and 39 %, irrespective of pass or fail in C2.
F FAIL. A mark for C1 of less than 35%, irrespective of pass or fail in C2.
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None, in addition to SCQF8 entry requirements.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

INDICATIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
1 HARGIE, O., 2006. The handbook of communication skills, 3rd ed. Hove: Routledge.
2 MOSS, B., 2008. Communication skills for health and social care. London: Sage Publications Ltd.
3 PEBERDY, D. and HAMMERSLEY, J., 2009. Brilliant meetings: what to know, say and do to have fewer, better meetings. Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd.
4 SLAVIN, R.E., 2011. Educational psychology: theory and practice, 10th ed. Harlow: Pearson Education.


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