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SPE3008 Communication and Collaboration

Semester 2, 2012 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education

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Examiner: Susan Carter
Moderator: Nicole Todd


Communication is the essence of effective teaching and learning. It is therefore essential that student teachers not only understand the nature of communication processes in various learning environments, but develop their own skills to the highest possible level. Communication for teachers is not restricted to the classroom, but involves interviews with parents, discussions with other professionals, reporting to administrators and so on. This course is therefore both theoretical and practical - with theory underpinning the practical to prepare students to apply their abilities in a wide range of educational contexts.


Students will analyse the nature of communication and learn the elements of effective interpersonal communication. A major focus will be on the role of verbal interaction in teaching. The importance of effective and active listening will be emphasised, together with the interaction between nonverbal and verbal communication. Students will also learn how to conduct group discussions, prepare and present reports on pupils to parents and fellow professionals, how to deal with anger and conflict, and some 'front-line' counselling skills. NOTE: Minimum enrolment numbers apply to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the WEB offering and advised of this change before semester commences.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the nature of communication in educational contexts (Assignment 1 and 2)
  2. demonstrate satisfactory skill levels in a range of widely accepted communication competencies for teachers, such as: interpersonal communication; listening; verbal and nonverbal communication; facilitating classroom and group discussion; reporting (Assignment 1 and 2)
  3. demonstrate effective use of ICT'S as communication media (Assignment 1 and 2)
  4. demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of correct communication skills including literacy, presentation and referring protocols (Assignment 1 and 2)
  5. demonstrate evidence of how to contribute effectively to professional teams. (Assignment 1 and 2)
  6. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. ( Assignment 1 and 2).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Facilitating Interpersonal Communication 10.00
2. Listening Skills 15.00
3. Verbal and Non-verbal communication 10.00
4. Assertion and Negotiation 10.00
5. Conflict Management skills 15.00
6. Leading Discussions, Meetings etc. Constructive Feedback 10.00
7. Influence of Technology on communication including emails, texting, Facebook, Discussion forums, You-Tube and multi-media presentations 10.00
8. Cultural influences on the nature of communication including racism and sexism. 10.00
9. Communication ethics 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • DeVito, J. A 2011, Interpersonal Messages: Communication and Relationship Skills, 2nd edn, Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, Boston.

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.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 70.00
Independent Study 70.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 50 50 10 Sep 2012
ASSIGNMENT 2 50 50 22 Oct 2012

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities 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

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  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:
    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 is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to USQConnect for this course.