BHS120 - Interpersonal Communications: Behavioural Sciences

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Subject Title
Interpersonal Communications: Behavioural Sciences

Subject Description
This course is an introduction to the skills required to understand and improve one?s own communication style thereby enhancing one?s ability to consciously and effectively relate to others. Students will be expected to demonstrate an appropriate level of competence in interpersonal communication skills and self-awareness. The course will further enable students to explore the impact that one?s interpersonal skills and attitude might have on their professional relationships with others as they work with diverse populations. As a pre requisite to interviewing and assessing clients, this course will assist students to become more aware of aspects in communication in the worker/client relationship such as power dynamics, active listening and being present with others.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Recognize and understand their own communication style.
  2. Articulate theory and the specific skills involved in effectively communicating with others
  3. Assess various factors (self-concept, culture, gender, race, age, ability, class, etc.) which shape communication style.
  4. Demonstrate active listening and feedback skills to build effective professional relationship.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of assertive communication and conflict resolution strategies as experienced during in class group activities and presentations. 
  6. Reflect on personal growth with regard to interpersonal communication skills.
  7. Outline strategies for self-care in the helping profession.
  8. Consider guidelines for non-oppressive communication.
In addition to the above learning outcomes, students are expected to attend all classes and participate fully. Confidentiality, courtesy and respect for peers and faculty are expected at all times.  All of the above knowledge and skills will be teacher- evaluated and self-evaluated on an ongoing basis through assignments and classroom activities.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.