Biomedical Science

Communication and teambuilding

Seminar, 0.50 ECTS


Course content

Principles of communication/interaction; self- and external perception; feedback; techniques of communication and conversation; nonviolent communication; body language; intercultural competence; meaning of diversity; team building processes.

Learning outcomes

The students deal with group formation processes and apply them in the newly formed group.They know the structures and procedures of the study programme. The students know about the basic rules of nonviolent communication. They are able to interpret body language and can differentiate between self-and external perception. The students are not only aware of medical and functional diagnostic vocabulary in English but also of the necessary word formation strategies to express technical terms in layperson's language . They are able to use communication and conversation techniques and can conduct an interview with patients. The students can use communication strategies in English as a foreign language and they show awareness in terms of intercultural activity.

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Rosenberg, Marshall: Einführung in die gewaltfreie Kommunikation
Cole: Kommunikation Klipp und klar
Fengler: Feedback geben
Gehm: Kommunikation im Beruf
Mercer, S. (2014). Social network analysis and complex dynamic systems. In: Dörnyei, Z., MacIntyre, P. & Henry, A. (Eds.) Motivational Dynamics in Language Learning (pp. 73-82). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
Mercer, S., Ryan, S. & Williams, M. (Eds.) (2012). Psychology for Language Learning: Insights from Research, Theory & Practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.Mercer, S. (2013). A complexity-informed pedagogy. RBLA (Revista Brasileira de Linguistica Aplicada) 13 (2): 375 – 398.
Gardner, H 3 2011, Frames of Mind:The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Basic Books, N.Y.

Mode of delivery


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Assessment methods and criteria

continuous assessment