Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2015


This unit develops written, visual, verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Communication, the familiar act of transferring information from one person to another, is fundamental to day-to-day life. In a professional context, effective communication skills are essential no matter whether the purpose of the communication is to inquire, inform, persuade or develop goodwill. It begins with a basic model of communication that highlights the role of the sender and receiver, and then considers the implications of different communication mediums or channels as well as the impact of feedback. Attention is given to the development of coherent arguments as part of framing effective communication. Since advancing sustainability requires the application of effective change agent skills, the unit then focuses on using communication to influence others through either persuasion or negotiation.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. differentiate the contributions of the sender, receiver, communication medium and feedback in effective communication
  2. design a piece of persuasive communication and tailor it to delivery through different communication mediums
  3. plan, deliver and assess the effectiveness of a negotiation strategy focused on a change related to advancing sustainability.


Persuasive communication (written and video clip) (1500 words equivalent, 40%)
Negotiation strategy: group project planning, delivering and assessing a negotiation strategy focused on nominated sustainability challenge (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Online discussions: contributions to discussions and written reflective response (500 words equivalent, 10%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per term comprising:

(a.) Study schedule for online students:

  • 24 hours of directed online activities per term

(d.) Additional requirements:

  • 120 hours of independent study per term

See also Unit timetable information


Two of EDF5580, EDF5581 or EDF5582