ECY204 - Interpersonal Communication

Outline info
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Subject Title
Interpersonal Communication

Subject Description
Interpersonal communication is the function of communication that involves the care and maintenance of relationships. As humans our interpersonal interactions are affected by political, rhetorical, cultural, and organizational contexts and pressures. As early childhood educators it is essential that we understand the complexities of all facets of communication.

Credit Status
ECY 204 is an Early Childhood Education Accelerated Diploma prescribed subject.

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

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will be able to:

  1. Assess positive behavior guidance strategies in relationships with children, family, members, co-workers, employers and others.
  2. Identify how critical self-reflection enhances professional interpersonal communication.
  3. Prepare and use professional written, verbal, nonverbal and electronic communications when working with children*, families*, colleagues, employers, and community partners.
  4. Recognize and respond to elements of group dynamics. . Identify, interpret, apply and reflect on bias free communication techniques between adults and children and between children and children.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

ECY 104 Exploring Diversity

Topic Outline

  1. The theory of interpersonal communication
  2. Verbal communication
  3. Non-verbal communication
  4. Listening and responding
  5. Bias free communication
  6. Diversity in interactions
  7. Interpersonal Conflict
  8. Resiliency
  9. Influence and Leadership
  10. Ethics in interpersonal communication
  11. Challenging Behaviours
  12. Conflict resolution with children
  13. Problem solving orientation to behaviour guidance
  14. Impact of Media
  15. Building a respectful community
  16. Hearing everyone’s voice

Mode of Instruction
Subject content will be covered through various means and the student will be expected to participate in, and contribute to the process of learning.  The strategies may include: lectures, discussions, observations, workshops, audio visual presentations and on-line subject website.

Prescribed Texts
Kaiser, B. and Sklar Rasminsky, J. (1999). Meeting the challenge: Effective strategies for challenging behaviours in early childhood environments. Toronto: Canadian Child Care Federation.

Reference Material (Conflict Resolution Network of Canada)

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • 30% - Theory
  • 40% - Application
  • 30% - Content

Please note:  It is the student’s responsibility to keep copies of materials (assignments, etc.) used for evaluative purposes.

In order to receive a passing grade in each ECE subject, every component of evaluation must be completed at a passing level.


Due dates for the assignments and other evaluation procedures for each subject are set in class.

Requests for extensions must be made to the professor before the due date.  Many professors require written requests and approval forms for extensions.

If an assignment is late, one full grade or 10% (whichever is less) may be deducted the first day.  20% may be deducted day 8, etc.

When an assignment grade has been reduced to an "F" because of late submission, the "F" grade will be used to calculate the final subject grade but will not prevent the student from passing the subject.

The last day to submit a late assignment is the last day of classes for that subject.

Unless an extension has already been approved by the professor, assignments received after the final day of a subject will receive "0" marks.  The resulting mark in this subject will be an "F".

If you hand in an assignment too late for feedback or revision, and receive an "F" grade for that assignment, you forfeit the right to resubmit that assignment.


Absence during scheduled tests and presentations require a medical note.  Failure to meet these requirements will result in an “F” grade.  Students are required to notify the professor before the scheduled test or presentation if they are unable to attend.

Assignments and in-class learning opportunities:

If you fail any assignment, in-class learning opportunity, quiz, test or other component of evaluation, you must rework the material at a passing level.

A "D" grade will be the highest grade in such a situation, regardless of the average attained.  You are allowed only 1 (one) rewrite per course.

The individual Professor will clarify re-submission procedures for each subject.

In-Class Presentations and Tests:

Attendance is mandatory for any scheduled in-class presentation or tests.  If a student fails to attend on the pre-arranged date, they will receive an "F" grade.  In the event of a serious occurrence, where a student can produce official documentation, a make up presentation or test may be granted, after discussion with the professor.

When students are absent it is their responsibility to “catch-up” on missed material, announcements, schedule changes, discussions, etc.


In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the College Academic Policy will prevail.  Please ensure that all assignments and reports are properly documented.

Students are referred to the following website for the Seneca College Library APA Style Guides, Academic Honesty Policy and Copyright guidelines.

Please retain this subject outline document for future educational and/or employment use.


As a student at Seneca College, you are expected to read the College Academic Policy, College Student Handbook and the ECE Student Handbook.  Please note that this information is very important.

Approved by: Sandra Noble