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MGMT8077 – Learning to be Persuasive

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstances

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

Visit the MQ COVID-19 information page for more detail.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Randal Tame
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MMgmt
Corequisites Corequisites
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Unit description Unit description

The ability to communicate persuasively is a key skill of leadership. This unit offers a practical introduction to persuasion theory and persuasive communication and aims to develop in students an applied understanding of the psychology of persuasion and the art of rhetoric. The approach is theoretical and practical. We will explore both classical and contemporary ideas of persuasion with an emphasis on recent social psychological theory and research. Students will also practice critical skills in analysing, organising, information gathering, goal setting, evaluating and public speaking. The focus in this unit is on the co-active preparation and delivery of persuasive messages, on the quality of the argument and the engagement of the audience, rather than on the theatrics of the speaker’s delivery.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Employ deliberate persuasive strategies to encourage others to change their attitudes toward objective things in the world.
  • ULO2: Analyse and apply rational concepts and methods in a creative process to propose a path out of a current predicament or a solution to a current problem.
  • ULO3: Learn from and engage with audiences of diverse cultural, social and political attitudes and identities to persuade them to come together using a variety of communication techniques.
  • ULO4: Critique a variety of speakers and ways of communicating to deliver persuasive messages.

General Assessment Information

Late Assessment Policy:

Late assessment submissions must be submitted through the appropriate submission link in iLearn. No extensions will be granted unless an application for Special Consideration is made and approved. There will be a deduction of 10% of the total available marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24 hour period or part thereof that the submission is late. Late submissions will not be accepted after solutions have been discussed and/or made available.

Note: applications for Special Consideration Policy must be made within 5 (five) business days of the due date and time.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Oral presentation 20% No Week 5
Individual Rhetorical Analysis 40% No Week 10
Persuasive Presentation 30% No Week 12
Peer Evaluation 10% No Week 12

Oral presentation

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Week 5
Weighting: 20%

 

This assessment is worth 20% in total. It is a 5 minute individual oral presentation.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Employ deliberate persuasive strategies to encourage others to change their attitudes toward objective things in the world.
  • Analyse and apply rational concepts and methods in a creative process to propose a path out of a current predicament or a solution to a current problem.

Individual Rhetorical Analysis

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: Week 10
Weighting: 40%

 

This assessment is worth 40% in total. It is a 3000 word essay.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse and apply rational concepts and methods in a creative process to propose a path out of a current predicament or a solution to a current problem.
  • Critique a variety of speakers and ways of communicating to deliver persuasive messages.

Persuasive Presentation

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Week 12
Weighting: 30%

 

This assessment is worth 30% in total. It is a 20 minute group presentation plus a 5 minute question and answer session. Each member of the group will be marked individually.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse and apply rational concepts and methods in a creative process to propose a path out of a current predicament or a solution to a current problem.
  • Learn from and engage with audiences of diverse cultural, social and political attitudes and identities to persuade them to come together using a variety of communication techniques.
  • Critique a variety of speakers and ways of communicating to deliver persuasive messages.

Peer Evaluation

Assessment Type 1: Qualitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 12
Weighting: 10%

 

This assessment is made up of two components worth 10% in total. It is two individual peer evaluation assessments worth 5% each.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Learn from and engage with audiences of diverse cultural, social and political attitudes and identities to persuade them to come together using a variety of communication techniques.
  • Critique a variety of speakers and ways of communicating to deliver persuasive messages.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Required Text

Heinrichs, J., 2017. Thank you for arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson can teach us about the art of persuasion. Three Rivers Press (CA).

Unit Web Page

The web page for this unit can be found at: https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/

Technology Used and Required

Students are required to have access to a personal computer and familiarise themselves with iLearn (https://ile arn.mq.edu.au/login/).

iLearn will be used to post lecture slides, assessment details, student grades and as a means of communication between staff members and students.

Delivery Format and Other Details

The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/

Recommended readings

Recommended readings are provided via the links on the iLearUnit page

Inherent Requirements

None

Unit Schedule

Please see iLearn.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit Student Policies (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/policies). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

To find other policies relating to Teaching and Learning, visit Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au) and use the search tool.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.