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UT-8 Communication and Study Techniques

The Faculty of Urban Planning / Urban Design and Planning
1st Year, sem 1, 2019-2020 | Compulsory Course | Hours/Week: 1C+1L | ECTS Credits: 2
Urban Planning and Territorial Development
Course Leader:
lect.dr.arh Florin Mureșanu
Learning outcomes:

1. Acquiring knowledge on communication understanding and management
2. Understanding specific communication instruments and mechanism
3. Understanding, use and control on communication forms


Lecture 1: Introduction. Communiction definition. Types of communication.
Lecture 2: Communication functions. Non-verbal communication. Characteristics.
Lecture 3: Non-verbal communication forms. Verbal communication.
Lecture 4: Verbal communication forms and effects.
Lecture 5: Kinesics. Gesture clasification. Proxemics and behaviour category.
Lecture 6: Listening functions and techniques.
Lecture 7: Public presentation.

Teaching Method:

Illustrated lectures, practical exercises


Grading 1: (E1 + E2 + AO + AF1 + AF2) / 5 (minim 5)
Grading 2: [(E1 + E2 + AO) / 3 + EX] /2 (minim 5)

(E1) Essay 1 – book review from the provided literature
(E2) Essay 2 – comparative analysis of two film titles from the provided bibliography
(AO) Compulsory practical application – PRESTO presentation (PRESent your TOpic)
(AF1) Optional practical application 1 – improvisation (individual)
(AF2) Optional practical application 2 – improvisation (team)
(EX) Examen scris + PRESTO


Literature is provided in order to prepare the E1 essay.

1. Adler, Ronald B. & Rodman, George (2006) Understanding Human Communication, 9th Edition, Oxford University Press, New York.
2. Anderson, Paul V. (2011) Technical Communication: A Reader-centered Approach, 7th Edition, Wadsworth Cengage Learning, Boston, Massachusetts.
3. Baran, Stanley J. & Davis, Dennis K. (2012) Mass Communication: Theory Foundations, Ferment, and Future, 6th Edition, Wadsworth Cengage Learning, Boston, Massachusetts.
4. Beattie, Geoffrey (2004) Visible Thought: The New Psychology of Body Language, Routledge, Hove, East Sussex.
5. Bizouard, Colette (2008) Vivre la communication, 8e édition, Chronique Sociale, Lyon.
6. Brydon, Steven R. & Scott, Michael D. (2008) Between One and Many: The Art and Science of Public Speaking, 6th Edition, McGraw Hill, New York.
7. Gee, James Paul (1999) An Introduction to Discourse Analysis: Theory and Method, 2th Edition, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon.
8. Grant, August E. & Meadows, Jennifer H. (2008) Communication Technology Update and Fundamentals, 11th Edition, Elsevier, Burlington, Massachusetts.
9. Griffin, Em (2012) A First Look at Communication Theory, 8th Edition, McGraw-Hill, New York.
10. Guerrero, Laura K. & Floyd, Kory (2006) Nonverbal Communication in Close Relationships, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc., Mahwah,New Jersey.
11. Kinsey Goman, Carol (2008) The Nonverbal Advantage: Secrets and Science of Body Language at Work, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc., San Francisco, California.
12. Libaert, Thierry (2008) Le Plan de communication: Définir et organiser votre stratégie de communication, 3e édition, Dunod, Paris.
13. Littlejohn, Stephen W. & Foss, Karen A., Eds. (2009) Encyclopedia of Communication Theory, Sage Publications Inc., Thousand Oaks, California.
14. Littlejohn, Stephen W. & Foss, Karen A., Eds. (2008) Theories of Human Communication, 9th Edition, Thomson Wadsworth, Belmont, California.
15. McMillan, Sandy (1996) How to Be a Better Communicator, The Industrial Society, London.
16. Nelson, Paul E.; Titsworth, Scott & Pearson, Judy C. (2009) iSpeak. Public Speaking for Contemporary Life, McGraw-Hill, New York.
17. Pease, Allan (1981) Body Language: How to Read Others Thoughts by Their Gestures, Seldon Press, London.
18. Pease, Allan & Pease, Barbara (2004) The Definitive Book Of Body Language: How to Read Others Thoughts by Their Gestures, Pease International, Buderim, Australia.
19. Pennebaker Brantley, Clarice & Goulet Miller, Michele (2008) Effective Communication for Colleges, 11th Edition, Thomson Southwestern, Mason, Ohio.
20. Pettersson, Rune (2002) Information Design: An Introduction, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam.
21. Reina Schement, Jorge, Ed. (2002) Encyclopedia of Communication and Information, Macmillan Reference, New York.
22. Rowson , Pauline (2007) Communicating with More Confidence: The Easy Step by Step Guide, Rowmark Limited, Hampshire.
23. Sellnow, Deanna D. (2005) Confident Public Speaking, 2th Edition, Thomson Wadsworth, Belmont, California.
24. Tomasello, Michael (2008) Origins of Human Communication, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
25. Verderber Rudolph F. & Verderber Kathleen S. (2008) Communicate., 12th Edition, Thomson Wadsworth, Belmont, California.
26. West, Richard & Turner, Lynn H. (2010) Introducing Communication: Theory Analysis and Application, 4th Edition, McGraw-Hill, New York.
27. Wood, Julia T. (2011) Communication Mosaics: An Introduction to the Field of Communication, 6th Edition, Wadsworth Cengage Learning, Boston, Massachusetts.
28. Wood, Julia T. (2010) Interpersonal Communication Everyday Encounters, 6th Edition, Wadsworth Cengage Learning, Boston, Massachusetts.
29. *** (2007) Effective Communication, Pergamon Flexible Learning, Elsevier, Burlington, Massachusetts.

Bibliografie multimedia:

1. BBC [TV 2011] Fast and Loose (8 episodes)
2. History Channel [TV 2008] Secrets of Body Language
3. Pease Training Corporation [TV 1994] Body Language Program (6 episodes)
4. The Great Courses [2011] Effective Communication Skills (24 episodes)

Bibliografie cinematografică:

1. Children of a Lesser God [1986] , Regie: Randa Haines;
2. Enigma [2001] , Regie: Michael Apted;
3. Heart is a Lonely Hunter [1968] , Regie: Robert Ellis Miller;
4. I Am Sam [2001] , Regie: Jessie Nelson;
5. Larry Crowne [2011] , Regie: Tom Hanks;
6. Max [2002] , Regie: Menno Meyjes;
7. Music Within [2007] , Regie: Steven Sawalich;
8. My Left Foot [1989] , Regie: Jim Sheridan;
9. Nell [1994] , Regie: Michael Apted;
10. Public Speaking [2010] , Regie: Martin Scorsese;
11. Rainman [1988] , Regie: Barry Levinson;
12. Rocket Science [2007] , Regie: Jeffrey Blitz;
13. The Beaver [2011] , Regie: Jodie Foster;
14. The Great Debaters [2007] , Regie: Denzel Washington;
15. The Great Dictator [1940] , Regie: Charles Chaplin;
16. The King's Speech [2010] , Regie: Tom Hooper.

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