An incredible opportunity to earn a Masters degree in Communication, Behaviour and Credibility Analysis.
This course is based on theories and techniques relating to the study of communication, the message and its channels; with a specific focus on the behavior and interactions of provider(s) and receiver(s). Its aim is to equip you with the requisite knowledge and skill sets to assess the credibility of content, its delivery and, where relevant, any potential deception and assessment of intentions, motivations, and emotional states.
The interdisciplinary program will develop your research skills in Communication Behaviour and Credibility Analysis drawing on the core disciplines of Linguistics, Psychology, Sociology and Information and Communications. This includes the specialist areas of Forensic Linguistics, Criminology, Communication Theory and Digital Information.
Features & Benefits of the course
This course has been designed with professionals in mind: in particular, professionals who need to be able to communicate effectively, and make critical judgments respecting the credibility of what their interlocutors are saying and displaying.
- Special emphasis on interpersonal communication: the reading of self and others, in respect to feelings and motivations as well as meaning(s), using one or more of the communication channels (face, voice, body, language, ANS).
- The course is designed to be delivered in block weeks (to ensure a healthy cohort identity for the group), and online classes (many of which are recorded so that you can work through them – and return to them – in your own time).
- You will be trained to become a skillful researcher-practitioner. You will be encouraged to draw upon and share your relevant professional experiences in each of the units; and to undertake a project, which has direct relevance to your profession/ career aims in the Research Project.
Complete the Diploma in Behavioural Analysis and Investigative Interviewing with EIA
On the part-time route from January, you study:
On successful completion of part 1 and 2, part-time students can progress to the ‘second year’ of study. The ‘second year’ commences in September, and involves a Research Project (60 credits) and TWO options, chosen from the following:
The final research project is designed to develop your own independent and reflective approaches to learning. You will identify, plan and complete a scholarly research project relating to communication, behavioral and credibility analysis, from first ideas through to proof-reading and presentation.
The options offer the opportunity to explore interpersonal communication from a social psychological and linguistic perspective, with emphasis on emotion, influence, and credibility; to study communication behaviors and interactions about self and society, and to study information seeking and digital interactions along with our intentions and motivations.
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- Apply skills of critical analysis to real world situations within a defined range of contexts;
- Demonstrate a high degree of professionalism characterized by initiative, creativity, motivation, and self-management;
- Express ideas effectively and communicate information appropriately and accurately using a range of media including ICT;
- Develop working relationships using teamwork and leadership skills, recognizing and respecting different perspectives;
- Manage their professional development reflecting on progress and taking appropriate action;
- Find, evaluate, synthesize and use information from a variety of sources;
- Articulate an awareness of the social and community contexts within their disciplinary field.
Diploma in Behaviour Analysis and Investigative Interviewing – Full outline available here.
The Linguistics of Interpersonal Communication
This unit explores the ways in which individuals exchange information, feelings, and meaning(s), with their interlocutors, using the verbal, non-verbal and/or written mode(s) of communication. Special emphasis is given to:
- Assessing demeanor indicative of credibility and deception;
- The techniques of linguistic persuasion and manipulation;
- Techniques associated with getting to the truth;
- The examination of ‘emergent phenomena’ in discourse (humor, faux pas, embarrassment, face threatening acts, etc.), and its impact upon interpersonal relations; and the potential shaping effects of culture
Using Technology to ‘read’ People: The Possibilities and the Limitations
The overarching aim of this unit is to facilitate the development of an independent, proactive and reflective approach to learning. This is achieved by testing students’ proficiency in identifying, planning and completing a scholarly research project relating to communication, behavioral and credibility analysis, from first ideas through to proof-reading and presentation. More specifically, students must demonstrate an ability to:
Formulate a detailed research proposal.
Match appropriate research method(s) to research aim(s).
- Demonstrate a critical awareness of current problems and issues in the practice and theory of the related subject discipline(s).
- Identify a range of strategies for data collection and analysis.
- Use/evaluate the research methods adopted in the process of knowledge creation.
- Conduct a sustained critical argument with precision, originality, and thoroughness, and articulate advanced ideas in clear written form.
- Present/critique their findings (against current research findings), in ways that adhere to scholarly conventions/satisfy the standards expected of publicly distributed scholarly documents.
- Critically reflect upon the strengths and weaknesses of their project, and the skills developed and refine their research practice in discussion with others.
Digital Interactions and Behaviour
This unit provides a critical exploration of contemporary research on the effect of digital communication technologies on our lives and introduces the theoretical frameworks and practices for understanding our interactions and assessment, motivations and engagement with digital information in multifarious mediated contexts.
The Psychology of Interpersonal Communication
This unit explores the psychology of interpersonal communication from a social psychological perspective. Interpersonal communication refers to reading self and others, in respect to feelings and motivations as well as meaning(s), using one or more of the communication channels (face, voice, body, language, ANS). Special emphasis is given to:
- Assessing demeanor indicative of credibility and deception
- Understanding emotions in self and others.
- The psychology of influence.
The Sociology of Interpersonal Communication
This inter-disciplinary unit explores the sociology of interpersonal communication across a variety of formal and informal settings. Interpersonal communication captures the exchange of information, feelings, and meaning(s) between two or more people, which makes use of the verbal, non-verbal and written mode(s) of communication. The unit draws upon the sociology of social interaction, sociology of emotions, and sociological psychology.
Special emphasis is given to:
- Examining the rules of social interaction
- Assessing performances of self
- Examining ‘spoiled’ performances of self
- Interpreting formal and informal meaning within social interaction
- Exploring the role of socialization in social identity
- Assessing the importance of setting within social interaction
- Examining the influence of culture upon social interaction
EIA’s Diploma in Behavioural Analysis and Investigative Interviewing grants guaranteed access onto the MSc. Upon completing 60 credits with EIA, delegates can progress onto a 30 credit bridging course at MMU followed by the final year where you will complete your research study.