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Personal Communication Skills

Personal Communication Skills

Code: COM1RZ001
Extent: 3 ects
Language: English


Learning outcomes
After successful completion of this course:
Students will gain the confidence to handle a variety of communication situations in a typical working environment.
Students will become familiar with the Haaga-Helia reporting guidelines
Students will understand the importance of  structure, style and content skills for professional and academic writing.

Course contents
The course addresses the following topics:
Barriers to personal communication
Personal writing style
Common writing problems/issues
Writing style, structure and content
Essay writing outline format
Haaga-Helia reporting guidelines
Presentation skills

Cooperation with the business community and other organisations

International student body. Learning activities include verbal and written discussion of student’s own culture.

Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, practical exercises, group work, video recording in Pasila campus studio

The number of learning hours is divided as follows:

  • 40-hours of contact teaching and directed learning
  • 84-hours of self-directed learning
  • The own learning assessment 1-hours

Recognition of Prior Learning (in Finnish AHOT)
Transfer of credit is possible when the student has completed studies generating similar competencies at some other institute of higher education. In other cases, students must otherwise demonstrate the acquired competencies. A student can participate in a demonstration exam for the module once and this demonstration is graded using the same criteria as for the module (on the scale 1 - 5, or fail). The student is expected to demonstrate that s/he has a command of the competencies described in the module handbook. If a student is successful in the demonstration, the grade received for the demonstration is recorded in Winha.

Teacher/s with the main responsibility for the course
Wallace Reynolds

Course materials
Selected articles and other material provided by the lecturer on Moodle
Haaga-Helia reporting guidelines (revised August 2014)

Final paper
Homework writing assignments
One on one focus session and video presentation

The own learning assessment assignment does not impact your grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and your answers will be used also for course development.

The course is evaluated on a scale excellent (5), very good (4), good (3), satisfactory (2), fair (1), fail (0). The assessment criteria is presented on a scale 1 - 3 - 5.

Grade 1
Homework and final papers completed and uploaded to Moodle

Grade 3
Assigned homework papers written in logical ,understandable form and submitted on time. Active class participation in group and pair discussions. Final paper includes use of 1 reference. Attends 1 on 1 session.

Grade 5
Assigned papers written with clear, simple and short sentences with equally spaced paragraphs. Final papers includes 1 or more references, with corresponding citations in texts, all formatted according to H-H reporting guidelines. Eager and consistent participation in class discussion and activities. Non use of mobile devices, except for instructed projects.  Homework exercises done on time and done according to written instructions. Attend 1 on 1 session with outline or more of paper.