ACE

AP1852: The Nature of Communication

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 16, Max 22.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for thismodule will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 3 x 4hr(s) Lectures (/Discussion); 1 x 2day(s) Workshops (12 hours)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Ace.
Module Objective: To provide participants with an in-depth understanding of active listening, intuitive listening, non-verbal and verbal communication and the influence of the unconscious on such communication.
Module Content: Levels of communication; Non-verbal communication; Verbal communication; Meta-communication; Metaphorical and Mythical communication; Defensive communication; Open communication; Therapeutic communication.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Describe and explain the unconscious mechanisms that underlie conscious communication patterns.
  • Describe the differences between non-verbal, verbal and meta-communication.
  • Describe and explain defensive and open patterns of communication.
  • Identify types of listening and the common barriers to effective active listening.
  • Identify their own patterns of communication and source the causes and intentions of their current patterns of communication.
  • Explain how the self is the ultimate agent of all communication.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,500 word essay).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator).

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