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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Communications and Interpersonal Skills
Module Code NS501
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Gemma KiernanOffice NumberH219
Level 5 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
  • To further the students' understanding of how the effectiveness of communication is mediated by intrapersonal, interpersonal and systemic factors, and to facilitate their development of communication skills.
  • To develop clear links and practical strategies derived from communications-related theories that will inform professional nursing practice.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module and following a period of personal study students will be able to:

  • Critically examine how self-awareness mediates successful communications, assess their own communications practice, and address potential difficulties in communications (e.g., by developing stress management skills). 
  • Explore communication issues related to dyadic relationships, such as attachment, power, and the maintenance and ending of relationships; analyse group performance (e.g., power structures, social influence, support) using principles of group dynamics. 
  • Examine the relationship between relevant models and theories of nursing practice and communications theories.
  • Evaluate patterns in family communications with reference to systems perspectives so as to assess the functioning of families and relationships with carers.
  • Understand the organisational context in which communications take place with reference to theory and research drawn from areas such as sociology and organisational behaviour. 
  • Apply knowledge of communications skills when dealing with clients, fellow nurses and professionals who have a background in other disciplines.
  • Examine communications from a perspective of spirituality and meaning, so as to encourage reflection and a sense of purpose, and to be mindful of the importance of interpersonal presence and interconnectedness.
  • Utilise communications-related theories and strategies to communicate effectively in applied contexts, such as communicating with members of minority groups, responding appropriately to conflict and aggression, and working with colleagues and clients to enhance communications in family and organisational settings.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 30
Tutorials 15
Laboratories 0
Seminars 6
Independent Learning Time 99

Total 150
Assume that a 10 credit module load represents approximately 150 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
No Syllabus added.
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List
Essential:Arnold, E., & Boggs, K.U. (1999). Interpersonal relationships: Professional communication skills for nurses. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders. Redmond, M. (2000). Communication: Theories and applications. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin.Riley, J. (2000). Communication in nursing. St Louis: Mosby.Supplementary:Berko, R.M., Wolvin, A.D., & Wolvin, D.R. (2001). Communicating: A social and career focus. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin.Braithwaite, D.O., & Wood, J.T. (2000). Case studies in interpersonal communication. Belmont: Wadsworth. Cooper, C.D., & Proctor, P.M. (2000). Communication and IT skills for nursing healthcare: A practical guide. New York: Longman.Corey, G. (1996). Video set: Art of integrative counselling and psychotherapy: Techniques in action and challenges for the counsellor. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.Corey, G. (2000). Theory and practice of group counseling. Stamford, CN: Wadsworth.Corey, G., Schneider, M., & Haynes, R. (2000). Evolution of a group: Student video and workbook. Stamford, CN: Wadsworth. Corey, M., & Corey, G. (2001). Groups. Stamford, CN: Wadsworth.Engleberg, I.N., & Wynn, D.R. (2000). Working in groups: Communication principles and strategies. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.Fujishin, M. (2000). Creating communication: Exploring and expanding your fundamental communication skills. Portland, OR: Acada Books.Hummert, M.L., & Nussbaum, J.F. (2001). Aging, communication and health. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.Littlejohn, S.W. (1999). Theories of human communication. Belmont: Wadsworth.McKay, M., Davis, M., & Fanning, P. (1995). Messages: The communication skills book. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.Minardi, H. (1997). Communication in health care. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.Morgan, G., Fischhoff, B., & Atman, C. (2001). Risk communication. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Remland, M. (2000). Nonverbal communication in everyday life. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin.Rost Goulden, N. (2000). InfoTrac college edition student activities workbook for communication. Belmont: Wadsworth.Tampero, C., & Lindh, W. (1999). Therapeutic communications for health professionals. Albany, NY: Delmar.Walsh, R. (1999). The seven central practices to awaken heart and mind. New York: Wiley.Useful Journals:Human Communication ResearchLanguage and CommunicationEuropean Journal of CommunicationDiscourse and SocietyCommunication research
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