Introduction to the skills of assertiveness and negotiation (online learning)

Title:Introduction to the skills of assertiveness and negotiation (online learning)

Duration:0.5 days
Training Units1.0
The Graduate School


This course is delivered by the Graduate School


Target audience

Early and Mid stage postgraduate research students [especially off-campus]

Early career research staff


Do you feel that your communication could be more assertive as opposed to either passive or even aggressive? Would you like to feel more confident in the manner in which you express your wishes and negotiate with others? If the answer is “yes” then this course could be of benefit to you. Learning to communicate with others in a respectful and effective manner to achieve your goals is an essential skill that can bring benefits during your postgraduate study and throughout your career.


This is a standalone (self-study) online course.

This course is delivered entirely online via Moodle. You may access the course as often as you like until the end of the academic year. If you would like to gain Graduate School training point/s for this course you must complete the short assessment tasks associated with it. Completion of the assessment is optional for students based at our UK and Malaysia Campus'. Students based at our Ningbo China Campus are not required to complete the assessment.

Researchers across all 3 campuses can self-enrol on this course in Moodle by following this link: This course is not currently available.


This course is for you if you've very little experience of the skills of assertiveness and negotiation. We'll help you to think about your use of these skills in your current research context and how you will continue to use them in the future. This course is NOT for you if you feel that you have experience of using these skills.

This course will help you to develop skills useful for your current situation as a researcher, job interviews and recruitment procedures (particularly assessment centres) and a huge range of employment contexts. This course concentrates initially on developing and practising assertiveness skills and then moves onto negotiation situations and skills.

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To help you to improve your communication skills through in exploring, exercising and developing the skills of assertiveness, negotiation and debate.





By the end of the course, you will:


·        Be aware of what makes an assertive communicator in order to apply this to your own working relationships

·        Understand and learn to apply negotiation techniques

·        Understand how to develop and defend an argument in order to engage in debate with increased confidence and efficacy

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