Full Title:Communication Skills
Module Code:COMM N8010
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to develop the student’s ability to effectively interact with people.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Understand the relevance and characteristics of effective interpersonal communication.
  2. Describe the skills required for effective interpersonal communication.
  3. Identify and understand the intrapersonal factors required for communication.
  4. Understand the process of interpersonal communication.
  5. Explain approaches to effective interaction for practice.
  6. Participate in various communication processes.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction and orientation
Interpersonal communication - nature and characteristics. Communication domains. Nature of relationships - prescriptive, informative, confronting, cathartic, catalytic and supportive. Personal being.
Interpersonal skills
Exploration of a skills based model of communication including intentions and interpersonal behaviour, self-monitoring and feedback.
Intrapersonal factors
Self concept and self efficacy. Human needs and motives. Attitudes and prejudices. Value systems. Attributions and expectations. Assertive, aggressive and passive personality types.
Interpersonal process
Definitions and models of interaction. Verbal and non-verbal communication. Levels of communication. Barriers to effective communication. Relational factors: power and control. Roles and status. Affective orientation. Formality. Trust. Dependence promoting autonomy.
Approaches to interaction for effective practice
The analysis and evaluation of a range of communication skills - initiation, listening, questioning, explaining, demonstrating, induction, set and closure, reinforcing, attending and reflection.
Participation in different types of communication processes
Role-play. Presentation skills. Small & large group discussion. Dealing with aggression.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Practical/Skills Evaluation n/a 1,2,3,4,5,6 30.00 0 0 Sem 1 End 0
Continuous Assessment n/a 1,2,3,4,5 70.00 100 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study n/a 60.00 Once per semester 4.00
Directed Reading n/a 26.00 Once per semester 1.73
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.73
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Motschnig R. & Nykl L. 2014, Person-Centred Communication - Theory, Skills and Practice, McGraw- Hill Education England [ISBN: 9780335247288]
  • Adams K. & Galanes G. 2017, Communication in Groups: Application and Skills, 10th Ed., McGraw-Hill Education England [ISBN: 9781259870224]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NHAPA_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health and Physical Activity 2 Mandatory
DK_NLPHA_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health and Physical Activity (2019) 2 Mandatory
DK_NHAPA_8X7 Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Activity (Exit Award) 2 Mandatory