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Interpersonal Skills for the Workplace

Course Code: CAEP 0203
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course is designed to prepare students with learning difficulties or barriers to education and employment with the skills to enter new working and training situations with increased confidence and to assertively handle employment related interpersonal situations. In particular, students will learn to communicate positively about any accommodations that may be required for their success on the job.

Course Content

  1. Effective communication utilizing assertiveness, active listening, paraphrasing, asking questions and awareness of nonverbal communication
  2. Empathetic listening
  3. Giving and receiving positive and constructive feedback
  4. Conflict resolution strategies
  5. Reviewing what forms a first impression and how to create a positive first impression
  6. Purpose of handling customer questions and concern
  7. Attitudes for success
  8. Workplace expectations
  9. Benefits of building positive relationships with others

Methods of Instruction

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Group activities
  • Audiovisual media  


Means of Assessment

Evaluation will take place in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. A mastery model of ongoing evaluation will be used.  A student will have completed the course when they have demonstrated through satisfactory completion of exercises and assignments that the course objectives have been reached. Where formal tests are used mastery will be defined as a score of 80% or more.

Progress will be monitored on a regular basis by the instructor in consultation with each student.  The student will be expected to maintain regular attendance in accordance to CFCS attendance policy and demonstrate progress, participate in classroom activities, and complete assignments as directed.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.     Recognize and define the elements of communication (sender, message, receiver). 

2.     Identify barriers to communication and use strategies to overcome barriers. 

3.     Ask for clarification and demonstrate techniques (ie: paraphrasing, asking questions) to assist communication. 

4.     Display/use effective communication. 

5.     Engage in active listening. 

6.     Differentiate between passive, aggressive and assertive communication. 

7.     Express their need for assistance. 

8.     Respond to instructions or feedback. 

9.     Identify and demonstrate attitudes for success. 

10.   Identify and demonstrate workplace expectations. 

11.   Demonstrate cooperative workplace behaviours. 

12.   Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills with supervisors, coworkers and customers. 

13.  Develop strategies for getting along with others eg. co-workers, supervisors, customers and other stakeholders. 

14.   Define conflict and demonstrate conflict resolution strategies.

15.   Give and receive feedback in an effective manner. 

16.   Identify the impact and importance of first impressions. 

17.   Demonstrate positive customer service skills and an understanding of the importance of excellent customer service skills. 

18.   Demonstrate effective customer service communication, including responding to nonverbal communication. 

19.   Identify and demonstrate the use of empathetic listening skills when responding to customer needs. 

20.   Identify and demonstrate treating customers in a respectful manner. 

21.   Identify and demonstrate appropriate responses to customer inquiries. 

22.   Identify and demonstrate ways of dealing with challenging customers.  

23.   Demonstrate respectful interactions in a diverse multi-cultural learning/work environment. 

course prerequisites

CAEP 0100


CAEP 0201, 0202, 0204, 0205.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.