Module Code: 2HRM401
Summary of Module Content
Communication is an important concept in business and the ability to communicate is an important skill. This module examines the various ways individuals and companies communicate through a variety of media. It imparts to students the skills necessary for effective communication. Emphasis is placed on the communication skills via: the written word, presentations, non-verbal communication, representation and visual communication. Developing relevant skills in the use of ICT is an integral part of the module.
The module aims to:
· develop the ability to communicate effectively in business
· develop the ability of students to reflect on their learning
· develop the ability to select and use the various technologies used in business communication particularly of the written word
On completion of this module, the successful student should be able to:
1. identify and use technology appropriate to business communication.
2. structure and present pieces of written work in a variety of different formats.
3. structure, present and critically evaluate an oral presentation having selected and justified the appropriate technology.
4. describe the factors which contribute to effective communications in business
5. identify gaps in their skills and knowledge, reflect on their learning and on the process of carrying out the tasks.
Indicative Syllabus Content
Sources of information: - e.g. Internet, libraries, C.D. ROMs, interviews, questionnaires, abstracts, reports, lectures and seminars.
Methods of Communication: -e.g. letters, memos, reports, fax, email, presentations, telephone, multimedia.
Achieving the Task: - time management, prioritisation, listening skills, asking questions etc. note-taking, referencing, evaluating.
Reflection on Learning: - personal development, strengths and weaknesses, group dynamics.
Teaching and Learning Methods
The syllabus comprises a number of different elements which contribute to the overall learning on the module which are supported by web pages for each element. Sessions will use a blended learning approach to include lectures, seminars: both lab and classroom based, presentations, debate, formative task exercises, research, individual and group work to facilitate problem based learning and active learning reinforced by reflective analysis.
Also on the home page is the button for the resources which accompany the module; which students are encouraged to access from the outset. These resources make the work much easier.
The approach used in the in-module assessment is to get students to work with the widest range of methods of communications as is practicable. For pragmatic reasons this concentrates on written communication. The approach used is to set a number of formative tasks followed by summative tasks which test the same skills area after the student has received feedback and had the opportunity to reflect on their original effort. The in module assessment is presented in the form of a portfolio which assesses learning outcomes 1,2 and 5. The end of module assessment take the form of an in class test since it is believed this gives the opportunity for students to demonstrate in succinct written form that they have established the links between the theory of the lectures and the practice of the seminars / workshops. The questions are designed to assess learning outcomes 1, 3 and 4.
Details of the assessment can be found on the appropriate button of the site home page and students should ensure that they are aware of what has to be done to complete the coursework for the module. The in module assessment is a portfolio of work which will be completed by the end of the summer school’s three weeks but students will be given a further week to tidy up and work on presentation of materials.
Learning outcome 1 is assessed in both the in–module and end of module assessments. Students will be assessed on their selection and justification of the appropriateness, technology and tone of the communications they have produced.
Outcome 2 will be main outcome assessed by the portfolio where marks are awarded for the content, English, tone, presentation and effectiveness of a number of different ways of communicating.
Outcome 3 will be assessed formatively during the module where the effectiveness, structure, use of the technology and awareness of good practice involved in delivering a presentation will be judged. Students will be required to justify the rationale they have adopted in structuring a presentation as part of the summative assessment of the end of module assessment.
Outcome 4 will be assessed as part of the end of module examination and will test acquisition of the concepts and knowledge principally derived from the lecture content of the module.
Outcome 5 will be assessed through the reflective element of the portfolio and to a small degree in examination questions which require students to comment on the relevance of skills acquired in the module.
Assessment Methods and Weightings
In-module assessment: 50%
(in form of portfolio consisting of a number of tasks which will vary from year to year)
End-of-module assessment: 50%
(in form of unseen written in-class test)
The pass mark for this module is 40%. A minimum mark of 35% in each component of the assessment (in-module and end-of-module) is required.
Stanton, N. (1996) Mastering Communication (3rd edition) Macmillan
Blundel, R (1998) Effective Business Communication Prentice Hall
Northedge, A (1994) The good study guide Open University.
Warner, T. (1996) Communication Skills for Information Systems. Pitman Publishing.
Williams, R. (1990) The Mac is not a typewriter Peachpit Press
Date of initial Validation: May 2003