Course Title: Use communication to build relationships

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: MKTG7970C

Course Title: Use communication to build relationships

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4363 - Certificate IV in Community Services

Course Contact: Bronwyn Tanti

Course Contact Phone: 9925 9079

Course Contact Email: bronwyn.tanti@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 55

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge to apply specific communication techniques to establish, build and maintain relationships with clients, colleagues and other stakeholders based on respect and trust.

This unit applies to work across a range of workplace contexts where workers at all levels may communicate with individuals and/or groups both in person and in writing.

This course is delivered and assessed in a cluster with:

CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people

 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships

Element:

1. Communicate with clients and co-workers

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and use appropriate communication techniques to communicate with clients and colleagues

1.2 Communicate in a manner that demonstrates respect, accepts individual differences and upholds rights

1.3 Represent the organisation appropriately and in accordance with communication policies and protocols

1.4 Provide information to clients and service providers in accordance with communication policies and protocols

Element:

2. Address communication needs

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Recognise and support communication needs of clients, colleagues and external networks

2.2 Facilitate access to interpreter and translation services as required

2.3 Identify and address problems and communication barriers

2.4 Defuse conflict or potentially difficult situations with clients and colleagues and refer in accordance with organisational requirements

2.5 Seek and respond to feedback on the effectiveness of communication with clients, colleagues and external networks

Element:

3. Facilitate meetings

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Develop an agenda and list of invited participants in consultation with appropriate people

3.2 Communicate details of the meeting to the participants and other stakeholders in accordance with organisation communication protocols

3.3 Contribute to and follow objectives and agendas for meeting

3.4 Provide opportunities to fully explore all relevant issues and provide relevant information

3.5 Use strategies that encourage all members to participate equally, including seeking and acknowledging contributions from all members

3.6 Implement strategies to ensure the specific communication needs of individuals within the meeting are identified and addressed

3.7 Facilitate the resolution of conflict between participants

3.8 Minute or record meeting in accordance with organisation requirements

3.9 Evaluate meeting processes and identify lessons learned or opportunities for improvement


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course you will have developed the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements


Details of Learning Activities

Classes where information is shared through talks and discussions, and workshops where exercises are conducted to apply learning. Time is spent during classes for students to work on group and individual assessment tasks.


Teaching Schedule

 

Week 1

Identifying and meeting legal requirements

·         The communication process, communication channels and methods

·         Understanding barriers to communication

·         Communication and diversity organisational policies and procedures

·         Developing active listening skills

Week 2

Building relationships

·         Developing rapport and building trust

·         Motivational interviewing

·         Communicating with groups

·         Dealing with conflict and negotiating outcomes

Week 3

Communicating with culturally diverse people

·         Features of diversity in Australia

·         Cultural awareness, competency and safety

·         Cross cultural and inclusive communication

·         Using interpreters and translators

Week 4

Communicating with people with disabilities and mental illness

·         Identifying and addressing the communication needs of with people who have hearing, speech or vision impairments, physical or intellectual disabilities

·         Addressing the communication needs of people with mental illness

·         Seeking and responding to feedback on the effectiveness of communication

Week 5

Preparing written communications

·         Understanding organisational correspondence protocols and style guides for different forms of written communication, e.g. referral letters, case notes, reports, emails and social media posts.

·         Maintaining privacy and confidentiality, and protecting copyright and intellectual property

Week 6

Facilitating workplace meetings

·         Developing agendas and inviting participants to meetings

·         Chairing meetings, including dealing with conflict and encouraging participation

·         Presenting information

·         Seeking feedback from participants

Week 7

Assessment workshop and meeting participation

·         Workplace meeting guidance and practice

·         Students facilitate and participate in assessed, simulated meetings

 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

Please see the resources listed in the teaching schedule.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment Task 1: Online quiz

Assessment Task 2: Research questions

Assessment Task 3: Group Assignments

 


Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1: Reflect on diversity perspectives in relation to specific client groups.

Assessment task 2: Prepare effective and inclusive written communications using digital media.

Assessment task 3: Facilitate a meeting to address a workplace issue.

Assessment task 4: Complete one online, self-paced quiz on the key issues and concepts relating to communications and diversity in community services work.


Assessment Matrix

Students will be given an assessment marking guide for reference at the time that the assessment tasks are distributed.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters: rmit.edu.au/students

Cover Sheet for Submissions

You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of implications of plagiarism.

Attendance

It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Applying for an Extension

Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. Speak with your teacher or course coordinator regarding applying for an extension.

Applying for Special Consideration

If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:

http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.

If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website: http://www.rmit.edu.au/academicintegrity

The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing http://www1.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing

Plagiarism and Collusion

Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.

Examples of plagiarism include:

  • Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
  • Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
  • Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
  • Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
  • Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
  • Copying a whole or any part of another student's work; and
  • Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
  • Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.

For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy – http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 (unresolved) – and the RMIT Student Conduct Regulations – http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=r7a7an6qug93

Plagiarism Software

The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see: http://www.turnitin.com

Complaints Procedure:

RMIT University is committed to providing a harmonious study and work environment for all students and staff. The University recognises your right to raise concerns about academic, administrative or support services without recrimination and has policies and procedures to assist in the resolution of complaints.

Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable.

 

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