Courses & Units

Communication Skills in Practice UPP017


This unit introduces you to a range of communication skills, strategies, techniques and practices that enable effective communication and participation in the university environment, workplace, and community. Through the completion of various individual and collaborative activities, you will develop and consolidate effective personal and interpersonal communication skills. Major tasks in this unit include a research task, group presentation, and reflection, through which you will explore characteristics of communication practice, present logical arguments in an oral presentation, work collaboratively, and critically reflect on experiences.


Unit name Communication Skills in Practice
Unit code UPP017
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
University College
Discipline Pre-Degree
Coordinator Miss Amy Williams|Mr Mike Harris
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus Domestic Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and discuss the characteristics and practice of communication skills, styles and strategies
  • Conduct research and planning to present a logical argument
  • Communicate ideas and information in a range of formats to an academic audience
  • Critically reflect on working collaboratively, and/or skills development, to generate plans for the future
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$1,892.00 $888.00 not applicable $2,567.00

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Teaching Pattern

On Campus students: 3-hour workshop (face-to-face) in Week 2,4,6,8,10,12.

Distance students: 2-hour online workshop in Week 2,4,6,8,10,12. 

All students: 1-hour online seminar in Week 1,3,5,7,9,11,13. 

AssessmentAT1: Communication research task (25%)|AT3: Written Reflection (30%)|AT2: Group Presentation (45%)
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