Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The focus of this subject is on relational and communicative skills in interactions with others. Connections between people are examined from a number of viewpoints, as are the skills involved in fostering positive relationships. Skills of basic counselling such as listening, responding and clarity of intention are addressed. Demonstrations, simulations and directed practice are used to assist participants to develop their communication and interpersonal skills.

FacultyFaculty of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPatricia McCann

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsHuman relationship skills: coaching and self coaching.RecommendedRichard Nelson-JonesHOVE, ENGLAND, NEW YORK ROUTLEDGE. 4TH ED 2006
ReadingsUnderstanding human communicationRecommendedAdler, Ronald.B and Rodman, GeorgeOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK. 8TH ED 2003

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Week 40-40, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPatricia McCann

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 40 - 40
Four 7.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 40 to week 40 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
One 4000-word essay5th year students will be required to produce work at a higher analytical level.100