UCC Adult courses

Interpersonal Communication - Cert

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Interpersonal Communication

  • Code


  • College

    Adult Continuing Education

  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • NFQ Level

    Level 7

  • NFQ Award Title

    Special Purpose

  • Fees

    €2,400 per academic year [UCC] €2,700 per academic year [Outreach Venues] See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Candidates must be 21 years of age See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    22nd September 2020

  • Next Intake

    September 2020

  • Venue

    UCC Campus



  • Start Date

    September 2020

Course Outline

Communication is the life-blood of any social system (family, health, social, religious, legal, community). Effective communication entails having an understanding of the dynamics of social systems and the types of communication that operate typically within them. The agent of communication is the self and, indeed, most communication is determined by how the individual communicates with self. The course will focus on both the personal and Interpersonal aspects of communication within and across the particular social systems of which course participants are members.


  • To provide participants with a solid foundation in the theory and practice of personal and interpersonal communication
  • To introduce participants to the influence of the different social systems – couple relationship, family, classroom, school, community, workplace, church, country on how individuals communicate
  • To build effective ways of listening and communicating in the relationship with self and others
  • To apply the mature communication developed to a variety of key social systems, particularly, the couple relationship, the family and the workplace

The six modules for the course are:

  • Authentic Self Expression
  • Family Relationships
  • The Nature and Power of Emotions and Thought
  • The Nature of Communication
  • Holistic Approaches to Stress and Illness
  • Sexual Maturation


Course Practicalities


Course assessment is by continuous assessment

Who teaches this course?

Dr Tony Humphreys

Why Choose This Course

This course offers individuals from all walks of life the opportunity to examine their lives and further develop their potential.

At the end of the course you will be:

  • Proficient in the theory and practice of personal and interpersonal communication
  • Familiar with the influence of the different social systems – couple relationship, family, classroom, school, community, workplace, church and country – on how individuals communicate
  • Skilled in effective listening and communicating in the relationship with self and others
  • Adept in applying mature communication to a variety of key social systems, particularly, the couple relationship, the family and the workplace


Being at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application; A detailed application form prior to the closing date which will request applicants to present a 500 word statement outlining their reasons for wishing to register on the programme.

Fees and Costs

€2,400 per academic year [UCC]
€2,700 per academic year [Outreach venues]

Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see https://www.ucc.ie/en/finaidpt

How Do I Apply

Ace's Temporary Pivot Towards Blended Online Learning For Academic Year 2021/2022

Given the current context of Covid-19 and the prevailing public health guidelines, there will be a blended online approach for ACE programmes for the 2021/22 academic year. This will mean that all teaching will generally be delivered online. We will endeavour to provide more classroom-based teaching from Spring 2022 onwards, however this is dependent on public health advice nearer the time.

Our approach will involve (as much as possible) the replication of the classroom environment in an online environment:

  • Classes will be held in accordance with standard programme timetables;
  • Synchronous/live delivery of lectures online will be prioritised as much as possible;
  • The use of recordings in place of live lectures will be limited;
  • Opportunities for student engagement and interactivity (through online breakout rooms, discussion boards, live Q&A, etc.) will be the norm across all programmes.

Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:

  • You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
  • Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies.  However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.
  • You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
  • We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
  • You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software.  All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint etc. once registered.

Should you have any queries on this, please contact Programme Coordinator Dr Tony Humphreys at tonyhumphreys1@eircom.net

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Application Statement
  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]
  • Transcripts [if applicable]

NOTE: Once you have selected your course your application saves automatically.  If you don't complete your application in one session you can access your draft application in the "My Applications" section of the UCC360 application portal. The My Applications section will also keep you updated on the status of your application.


Year 1 Modules

  • AP1849: Authentic Self Expression (5 credits)
    The Nature of the Self; The Emergence of the Self; The Early Years; The Eclipse of the Self; The Concepts of Self-Image, Self-Esteem, Self-Concept; The Realisation of the Self.
  • AP1850: Family Relationships (5 credits)
    Defining the Family; Parents as the Family Architects; Types of Families; Family Relationships; Family Communication; Family Conflict; Conflict Resolution.
  • AP1851: The Nature and Power of Emotions and Thought (5 credits)
    Presentation of cognitive, behavioural, psychotherapeutic and psychoanalytical approaches to thoughts and emotion: Analysis of the nature of Emergency and Welfare emotions; The nature of the Freudian defences; Understanding specific emotions; Distinction between emotional receptivity and emotional responsivity.
  • AP1852: The Nature of Communication (5 credits)
    Levels of communication; Non-verbal communication; Verbal communication; Meta-communication; Metaphorical and Mythical communication; Defensive communication; Open communication; Therapeutic communication.
  • AP1853: Holistic Approaches to Stress and Illness (5 credits)
    Stress and illness as creations; the causes and the inner terrain of stress and illness; intentions of stress and illness; the nature of psychophysiological and psychosomatic conditions; psychosociosomatic approaches to stress and illness.
  • AP1854: Sexual Maturation (5 credits)
    Self and sexuality; Early experiences of sexuality; Current experience of sexuality; Exploration of meanings attached to sexuality; Defensive sexual expression; Open sexual expression; Common sexual difficulties; Therapeutic approaches; Safe holding of sexuality for children and adolescents.

Year 2 Modules

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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