BSc Psychology

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Communicating with Confidence

Unit code UCIL21301
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


Jerry Seinfeld, the American actor, comedian, director, writer and producer, famously said that people would rather be the subject of a eulogy than have to deliver one! Whether this is true of you or not, your ability to communicate and to do so with confidence, and impact, will have a significant influence on your success in life, both personally and professionally.

This unit starts from the belief that we all have a unique ability to communicate with charisma and impact, and that this ability can be developed and learnt. Drawing on theories from biology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and on techniques from the world of theatre, and acting, the course will support participants in learning how to manage nerves, communicate effectively and to engage with a wide variety of audiences.

The unit is a very interactive and practical one and participants will learn by doing and by sharing the learning, as well as through group, and individual, tuition. The learning process will be tailored to the needs and experiences of the students, who will work towards producing a performance that allows them to put into practice the skills that they have learnt during the module.


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The ability to communicate with confidence can have an enormous impact on your progress in life, both professionally and personally. This unit draws on many different disciplines, providing you with skills and techniques that will equip you to come across with personal impact and confidence in a wide range of situations and contexts.


Learning outcomes

  • Define the relationship between cognition, body language, speech and impact upon an audience


  • Critically appraise published research in the fields of communication and confidence


  • Analyse personal strengths and areas for improvement with respect to communication


  • Apply practical skills for the management of anxiety


  •  Deliver and defend a well-argued presentation with confidence, appropriate for challenging situations such as interviews, negotiation, and influencing an audience



  •  Body Language
  •  Vocal power and influence
  •  Managing anxiety
  •  Telling a powerful story
  •  Engaging the audience
  •  Interview technique
  •  Vital conversations
  •  Negotiating and influencing



Teaching and learning methods

10 x 2 hour lectures

1 hour optional tutorial

10 hours independent reflection

70 hours independent study 


Employability skills

Analytical skills
Skills in providing constructive feedback to others
Oral communication
Skills in negotiation
Problem solving
Skills in managing conflict
Interview Skills

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%
Oral assessment/presentation 50%

Feedback methods

Regular feedback on communication will be given during workshops and in an individual tutorial.

Formative feedback on reflective writing will be given mid-way through course.



Recommended reading

Additional reading material will be suggested in each lecture.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 20
Tutorials 1
Independent study hours
Independent study 79

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Elaine Clark Unit coordinator

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