Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will be given the opportunity to increase their knowledge, understanding and skills in communicating in interpersonal and group settings. The principal aim of this subject is to identify the existing interpersonal skills of students and provide an opportunity for their development and consolidation when applied in health and public health settings. Given that the subject adopts a skills-based orientation, the primary component is a three-hour seminar which will provide students with a forum for building and developing effective communication styles, appreciating contextual considerations (eg. culture), and developing an understanding of the application of interpersonal communication skills in a range of settings (eg. therapeutic, social, and public health). The seminar is supported by 'one' one-hour lecture.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBrendon Murley

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites If the student is enrolled in HBHS Bachelor of Health Science or HZHSID Health Sci/International Development or HZHSB Health Sci/Business then must have passed PHE1IDH and PHE1SDH. All other students require coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Bendigo offering is subject to sufficient resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsHelping Skills: Facilitating Exploration, Insight and ActionRecommendedClara E Hill (2009)(3RD ED.)
ReadingsThe skilled helper: a problem management and opportunity-development approach to helpingRecommendedEgan, G 2002BROOKS/COLE, PACIFIC GROVE, CA.
ReadingsUnderstanding human communicationRecommendedAdler, R & Rodman, G 20068TH OR 9TH EDN, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. TBA


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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBrendon Murley

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 10
One 1.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 10 and delivered via face-to-face.

Seminar Week: 11 - 22
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 1,250-word essay30 01
one 30-minute class presentation in pairs (equiv to 500 words per student)15 01
one 750-word write-up of presentation20 01
one individual 2,000-word unstructured reflective journal75% class attendance and participation in seminars/workshops hurdle requirement35 01