AWL201 - Communication and Persuasive Presentation

Unit details

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2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Commencing 2024:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: TBA
Trimester 2: TBA

Students must have passed 6 credit points of study, prior to enrolling in this unit

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week 

Scheduled learning activities - online:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities, plus 1 x 1-hour seminar per week (livestreamed and recorded)


Being able to communicate effectively is one of the most important life skills to have. It is also an essential tool to maintaining strong, lasting working relationships across a range of professional contexts. This unit is designed to equip you with the tools to develop your confidence and skills in communicating with credibility and presence. Through a combination of guided discussion, personal reflection, case studies and practical exercises, you will explore what it means to be an effective communicator and collaborator in diverse settings. You will learn the importance of matching your communication and presentation style with your work and project goals, and how to refine your messaging to ensure you reach and engage target audiences. The potential barriers to being able to clearly and convincingly share your ideas and connect with audiences, and tactics to overcome these, will be explored along with the potential consequences of miscommunication.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Identify, explain and apply the key concepts and principles that underpin the effective communication and presentation of ideas, and strategies for building support and influence.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO2 Critique examples of different communication techniques and presentation styles in action, including their influence on audiences and potential barriers to effectiveness.

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO3 Reflect on their own patterns of communication and presentation and how these may need to be adapted to effectively communicate with others.

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

ULO4 Demonstrate the capacity to create and deliver content naturally, credibly and effectively, using audio-visual technologies.

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 – Essay 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 – Pitch 3-minute video presentation 20% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 – Audio-visual Presentation and Reflection 5-minute audio-visual presentation, plus 500-word self-reflection 50% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via: AWL201

Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.