Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course provides communication skills training for students wishing to develop their interpersonal skills and build rapport with others in university and in the workplace. The training covers effective communication strategies to enhance understanding and verbal communication with others.
This business-orientated course is also helpful in increasing presentation design as well as personal branding.
No prerequisite for this course.
It should be useful to all students interested in communication and with all levels of experience.
Course contents summary
The course offers an introduction to
-Forms and methods of communication
-Personal branding and online personal reputation
The aims of the course are:
-Recognised different styles of communication and how to improve understanding and build rapport with others.
-Reflected on different methods of communication and decided when each is most suitable.
-Appreciated the role of body language and voice tone in effective communication.
-Communicated their message in an effective and engaging way for the recipient (expecially during presentations).
-Reflected on their personal branding strategy online.
[choose at least one]
-Nicholas Mirzoeff, How to See the World. An Introduction to Images, from SelfPortraits to Selfies, Maps to Movies, and More.
-Jonathan Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal. How Stories Make Us Human.
Approximately one half of each class will be devoted to discussions about strategies of communication and models of public presentations, the other half to hands-on exercises in which students hone their speaking and writing skills.
Assessment methods and criteria
Time requirements for this course are likely to be high. In addition to the readings, students will be required to participate actively in frequent written and oral exercises.