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Communication Skills for Postgraduate Study (TLC501)

Organisational Unit Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description Designed for graduate coursework students from all schools from non-English Speaking Backgrounds (NESB), this unit will help students develop the communication skills necessary for research and study in an Australian academic context. In this unit, students will: build confidence in cross-cultural contexts; improve their academic writing; develop analytical and critical skills; understand the importance of academic integrity and the appropriate use of research sources in their work; enhance their ability to communicate and discuss complex ideas with others.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Communicate effectively in group discussions and debates
2. Develop effective and critical reading strategies
3. Develop written assignments effectively by researching, planning, drafting, editing and proofing written responses
4. Integrate sources into your academic writing by effectively summarizing, paraphrasing, synthesizing, quoting and referencing
5. Reflect on feedback to improve the quality of your written work
Timetabled Learning Activities For semester 2, 2018
Seminars: 1 x 2 hours per week; Workshop (computer lab): 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit is delivered through a combination of in-class and online activities designed to help students to develop a range of communication skills. The broad theme of 'global issues' is used as a focus for practical, meaningful activities designed to develop fundamental oral and written communication skills. In the Seminars, students engage in critical discussion of weekly topics and readings, contribute to whole class and small-group activities such as discussions and debates, and work towards unit assignments. In the Workshops (computer labs), they develop academic research, writing and digital literacy skills, use a range of educational technologies, and work with tutors and peers to develop effective writing practices. Outside of class, students engage in online and real world activities, including online forum discussions and individually selected activities to develop their communication skills.

Assessment The assessment is based on contribution to a range of communication-based seminar activities; online activities to develop communication skills:

Seminar and workshop engagement - 20%
Portfolio - 60%
Oral presentation - 20%
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions This unit is designed for students for whom English is an additional language (EAL). Native English speakers in need of communication skills development may apply to the unit coordinator for admission.
Notes Students are expected to attend at least 10 of both classes (10 x Seminar and 10 x Workshop (computer lab) to be considered for a passing grade. Outside of the contact hours, students are expected to spend approximately 3 hours per week on self-directed study (including online activities to improve communication skills) and approximately 3 hours per week working towards assignments.
Previously 2015: 'Graduate Study in a Cross-Cultural Context'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Community Development (GradCertCommDev)
Graduate Diploma in Community Development (GradDipCommDev)
Graduate Diploma in Engineering (GradDipEng)
Graduate Diploma in Theology (GradDipTheol) [New in 2014]
Master of Business Administration (Global) (MBA(Global))
Master of Community Development (MCommDev)
Master of Development Studies (MDS)
Master of Education (Coursework) (MEd)
Master of Engineering (ME)
Master of Food Security
Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership (MHAPL) [New in 2016]
Master of Human Resources Management (MHRM)
Master of International Affairs and Security (MIAS)
Master of Professional Accounting (Advanced) (MPA(Adv))
Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)
Master of Sustainable Development (MSustDev)
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Mr Mike Smith
Acting Academic Programs Coordinator

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2227
e: Mike.Smith@murdoch.edu.au
o: 350.4.002B - Building 350, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Stephen Johnson
Head of Support for Learning

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6013
e: S.Johnson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 350.4.005 - Building 350, Murdoch Campus
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