The content of the course, initially, seems like a joke. More or less, everything is common sense, and the assignments and group presentations are easy to pass if it flows and makes sense within the course content. However, the final exam was challenging, somewhat from expecting common sense questions and not trying, but because of the stack of theory that Marissa chucks in. And this theory is from the whole semester.
Learning materials were scarce as the tutors just went over content learned in the lecture. No need for the textbook, but if you wanted to get a 7 and ensure a rounded understanding of the course, get the textbook as she does refer to it in lecture slides.
Marissa is easy to understand and is approachable. However, I got the vibe that she expects a high standard of work to do well in the course. Sure, you can rely on common sense to maybe scrape a 4, but not recommended.
This course was pretty good, though I would advise that the final exam is deceptively hard. There are a lot of lists and theories to remembers so make sure to take plenty of notes throughout the lectures because you’ll need them later on to study for the final exam.
Lecture attendance is necessary – some semesters lecture recording are available and others are not so make sure you attend the lecture in physical form if lecture recording are not offered. Textbook chapters are highly aligned with each weeks lecture (i.e. week 1, chapter 1) so it’s easy to keep up with readings but they will take you a while to get through so don’t leave it until the end of the semester to start making your way through. Lectures fun, tutorials necessary but slightly boring at times and textbook purchase necessary as the lecturer only puts major points into lecture notes.
Basically this course is what a well-run course should be – lecture slides are major points of textbook, tutorials back up what was learnt in lectures and textbook readings are actually useful.
Semester 1 - 2014
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
Lecturer gave real world examples in lecture
Textbook chapters are highly aligned with each weeks lecture (i.e. week 1, chapter 1)
Well-run course, worth doing
Lecture attendance is necessary – some semesters lecture recording are available and others are not so make sure you attend the lecture in physical form if lecture recording are not offered
ALL content taught is asessable and she will go to the depths of the lecture notes and textbook readings to catch people out
This course is one of those courses that is mostly about putting complicated names on basic common sense concepts. However, it will teach you a lot about communication, not just management communication or communication in the workplace. You learn tons about different theories, like different types of verbal and nonverbal languages as well as what they mean (e.g. What does little eye contact, fidgeting hands, fast paced speaking, etc mean?). It opens your eyes to the subtle subconscious things humans do when communicating.
The course is fairly well structured and has a good lecturer and fairly good tutors. It is fairly easy content, but the written assignment was deceptively difficult. Well, it seemed easy but everyone was marked very harshly and got way less than they expected. The final exam is piss easy.