ECTA 121 - Interpersonal Communications

This course examines interpersonal communication knowledge and skills for the Early Childhood Education and Education Assistant professional. It combines theory with skill development, useful for promoting self and social awareness.


Credits:  3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks:  15



Acceptance into the Early Childhood Education and Care or Education Assistant Programs
HDEC 100 Essential Skills for Human Service Workers - may be taken concurrently


Non-Course Prerequisites: 






Course Content:

- The importance of interpersonal skills
- Communication of self concept
- Perception and communication
- Identifying and expressing emotions
- Verbal communication
- Non-verbal communication
- Effective listening
- Trust and interpersonal relations
- Defensiveness and responding to criticism productively
- Managing conflicts in relationships
- Professional relations at work


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

- Demonstrate effective communication skills
- Identify personal communication growth and development
- Integrate knowledge and skills on communication with professional role
- Explore communication from the perspective of self
- Implement effective group processes
- Identify and honour diversity issues in communications


Grading System:  Letters


Passing Grade:  C (60%)


Percentage of Individual Work:  85


Percentage of Group Work:  15


Additional Course Comments:
- Ministry of Children and Family Development ECE Registry Competencies.
  Knowledge Specifications:
   B1,B2,B4, B5
   3-a-3, 3-b-1, 3-b-2, 3-b-4, 3-b-5, 3-b-6, 3-c-2, 3-c-4, 3-c-5. 3-c-6, 3-c-7, 
   4-a-2, 4-a-3, 
   6-a-1, 6-a-3, 6-a-4,

   7-b-4, 7-b-5, 7-b-7, 7-b-8
- This course was developed for distributed delivery with required teleconferences. Students will participate in weekly teleconferenced classes - 85% attendance is mandatory to pass the course.
- All assignments must be completed in order to pass.
- Late assignment submission without prior approval from instructor will incur a 10% deduction per week.
- Any assignment received over three weeks past the due date without prior arrangements made with the instructor will be marked at 50%. Exceptions may be made for documented medical reasons or extenuating circumstances. In such a case, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor immediately.
- Ethics: NLC assumes that all students attending the institution will follow a high standard of ethics. Incidents of cheating or plagiarism may, therefore, result in a grade of zero for the assignment, quiz, test, exam, or project for all parties involved and/or expulsion from the course.
- Students must be able to complete partner and group work which may require online or teleconference meetings with classmates, outside of class time.
- Students must have regular access to a computer and the Internet; basic computer skills are needed in order to complete this course.


Text Books:

Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.