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CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship

Semester 1, 2011 On-campus Fraser Coast
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities and Communication

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Examiner: Eleanor Kiernan
Moderator: Lauretta Wright


Advances in communication are occurring globally at a rapid rate. In the
contemporary world, effective communication requires an understanding of
these new complex processes. It also requires individuals to possess a broad
range of transferable skills to meet the demands of change, and to apply these in an
equally broad range of contexts.


This course presents an introduction to the theory and practice of communication, with particular application to academic and professional settings. Students study the processes of research and scholarship, and of tailoring communication for specific audiences. Students develop an understanding of barriers to communication, and strategies which can be used to overcome these barriers. Verbal and nonverbal communication thinking skills, and the dynamics of interpersonal and group communication will be explored. Students also gain the written, verbal and personal transferable skills essential to their role in a rapidly changing environment.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Define and describe the process of communication;
  2. Demonstrate management, planning and organisation skills by comprehending and adapting styles of written and oral communication to the needs of particular audiences;
  3. Demonstrate ethical research and inquiry skills by analysing and developing a given task, conducting a targeted literature review, and identifying and applying referencing principles using an accepted referencing system;
  4. Demonstrate academic and literacy skills by evaluating credibility of sources;
  5. Demonstrate both written and oral communication skills including a systematic approach to drafting, revising and editing, and the development of logical, clear, concise, balanced arguments;
  6. Examine problem-solving and decision-making strategies;
  7. Examine the dynamics of communication within groups and within organizations;
  8. Explore the dynamics of interpersonal communication across a range of contexts;
  9. Demonstrate cultural literacy skills by exploring principles of nonverbal communication and a range of strategies designed to overcome barriers to communication
  10. Identify a range of interpersonal communication strategies to minimise barriers to effective communication.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Foundation module 20.00
2. Capstone module 20.00
3. Written communication module 10.00
4. Oral communication module 10.00
5. Clear thinking, problem solving and decision making module. 10.00
6. Interpersonal communication module 10.00
7. Nonverbal communication module 10.00
8. Group and organisational communication module 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Tyler, S, Kossen, C & Ryan, C 2005, Communication: a foundation course, 2nd edn, Pearson education, Frenchs Forest, NSW.
  • Instructional package.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Alberts, JK, Nakayama, TK & Martin JN 2010, Human communication in society, Pearson Education Inc, New Jersey.
  • de Vito, J 2009, Human communication:the basic course, 11th edn, Pearson Education Inc, Sydney.
  • Eunson, B 2008, Communicating in the 21st century, 2nd edn, John Wiley & Sons Aust Ltd, Milton, Qld.
  • Grellier, J & Goerke, V 2006, Communication skills toolkit: unlocking the secrets of tertiary success, Thomson Social Science Press, Melbourne.
  • Mohan, T, McGregor, H, Saunders, S & Archee, R 2008, Communicating as professionals, 2nd edn, Cengage Learning, Melbourne.
  • Verderber, RF & Verderber, KS 2002, Communicate!, 10th edn, Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, Belmont, California.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 61.00
Private Study 76.00
Workshops 28.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives assessed Graduate skill Level assessed Notes
SELF TEST 0 0 28 Feb 2011 (see note 1)
PRELIM PLAN - ESSAY/REPORT 100 15 28 Mar 2011 1,2,3,4,5,8 U1,U2,U3,U4,U8 1
ESSAY OR REPORT 100 35 23 May 2011 All U1.U2.U3.U4.U8 1
ORAL PRESENTATION 100 20 30 May 2011 2,3,4,5 U3,U4,U5 1 (see note 2)
EXAMINATION 100 30 End S1 All U1,U4,U7 1 (see note 3)

  1. Students can self-pace these tests throughout the semester
  2. Students will negotiate dates for oral presentation with their tutor
  3. Students can access Examination date from USQ Connect

Graduate qualities and skills

Elements of the following Graduate Skills are associated with the successful completion of this course.
Ethical research and enquiry (U1)Introductory (Level 1)
Problem solving (U2)Introductory (Level 1)
Academic, professional and digital literacy (U3)Introductory (Level 1)
Written and oral communication (U4)Introductory (Level 1)
Interpersonal skills (U5)Introductory (Level 1)
Cultural literacy (U7)Introductory (Level 1)
Management, planning and organisational skills (U8)Introductory (Level 1)
Creativity, initiative and enterprise (U9)Introductory (Level 1)

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the student's responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. For this course, normal class attendance consists of one two hour workshop per week.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. This statement must be read in conjunction with Statement 4 below.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without extenuating circumstances and without prior approval, then a penalty of a maximum of 5% of the assigned mark may apply for each working day late, up to a maximum of 10 working days, at which time a mark of zero can be recorded for that assignment.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade: The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There will be a 2 hour closed book examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Given the details under (6) above, there are no deferred exams for this course. However, if any deferred/makeup work is granted, it would have to be submitted by a date set by the examiner.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. (a) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must lodge
    the assignment at the USQ. (b) All Faculty of Arts assignments must be
    lodged in the Faculty Assessment Centre on the Ground Floor of Q Block no later
    than 12 noon on the due date. (c) In the event that a due date for an
    assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show
    holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to
    note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's
    convenience. (d). Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for
    assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if requested by the
    Examiner. (e) In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy
    (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due
    date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances such as documented
    ill-health. (f) Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments
    in the course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of
    the course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary
    grade: IM (Incomplete-Makeup). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the
    opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining
    objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study. (g)
    Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are
    unable to complete an assignment or sit for an examination at the scheduled
    time, may apply to defer an assessment in the course. Such a request must be
    accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following
    temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM
    (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and
    Deferred Make-up).

Other requirements

  1. In view of the course objectives and their emphasis on the development of conceptual and applicable skills, students are strongly advised to attend all classes.

  2. Students will require access to email and have internet access to UConnect for this course.