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COM 200 Week 1 Dq 1 Learning New Skills
Learning New Skills. Many people believe that communication skills are easy and should come naturally. As we have learned this week, learning effective interpersonal communication skills requires a lot of time and practice. Of all the skills listed in Chapter Two of Making Connections: Understanding Interpersonal Communication, which skill(s) are you most excited about improving in your interpersonal relationships? Why do you feel that you need to make improvements in this area? Based on the course material that you read this week, what are some ways that you plan to use these skills in your everyday life?
COM 200 Week 1 Dq 2 The “Self” and Communication
The “Self” and Communication. In Chapter Three of Making Connections: Understanding Interpersonal Communication, the author lays out many psychological concepts concerning the “self.” How do all these concepts relate to interpersonal communication? Also, give an example of how your “self-concept,” “self-image,” or “self-esteem” has affected your interpersonal communication.
COM 200 Week 1 Article Critique Masking Poor Communication
Article Critique: Masking Poor Communication. Use the ProQuest online database (found in the Ashford Online Library) to locate the article entitled, “Close Relationships Sometimes Mask Poor Communication.” Write a two-page paper (excluding title and reference pages) about your thoughts on this article. In your paper, be sure to address the following:
a. Have you ever had a miscommunication with someone close to you simply because you assumed that they understood you? What happened?
b. How can you make sure that this kind of miscommunication does not happen in the future? Or when it does happen, what could you do to make your communication more clear?
Be sure to reference the ProQuest article and at least one of the other course readings from this week in your paper. This can be your textbook or one of the recommended articles. The paper must be formatted according to APA style. Cite your resources in text and on the reference page. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar, in your online course.
COM 200 Week 2 Dq 1 Improving Verbal Communication
Improving Verbal Communication. In Chapter Four of Making Connections: Understanding Interpersonal Communication, the author discusses the power of language and how verbal communication can affect interpersonal relationships. The author also mentions ways you can improve your verbal communication. Explain how you will use these improved skills to make your verbal communication more effective. Use a specific example of someone in your life (past or present) whom you have difficulty communicating with. Describe ways in which you could improve your communication with this person.
COM 200 Week 2 Dq 2 Nonverbal Miscommunication
Nonverbal Miscommunication. Nonverbal communication is one of the most powerful ways that we communicate in our interpersonal relationships. Sometimes, however, we may find ourselves unintentionally communicating the wrong message. This happens often in intercultural communication situations (when we are communicating across different cultures). Provide an example of a time when you nonverbally communicated something other than what you meant. Or, use an example of when someone else communicated something to you nonverbally that was not what they meant. What happened in this situation? Be specific in your example and also discuss what you will do in the future to avoid this type of miscommunication.
COM 200 Week 2 Article Critique Talking Styles
Article Critique: Talking Styles. Use the ProQuest database to locate and read the article entitled, “Shared Talking Styles Herald New and Lasting Romance.” Then, visit the Language Style Matching website and, using sample written communication between you and another person, follow the directions on the website to retrieve your language style matching score. Write a two-page paper (excluding title and reference pages) about your thoughts on this article and your language style matching score. In your paper, be sure to address the following:
a. Do you think the results provide by the Language Style Matching website are accurate? Why or why not?
b. Do you believe that language style matching is a comprehensive way to predict the quality of interpersonal relationships?
COM 200 Week 3 Dq 1 Everyone Has a Culture
Everyone Has a Culture. Some students think that they do not have much of a cultural background because they were not born outside of the United States or because they do not speak another language. The truth is that everyone has a culture! Your culture can be related to your race, ethnicity, gender, age, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, ability, etc. Take some time to write about your own culture and share with us what makes you who you are. Try to not focus on just one aspect of yourself, but try to utilize as many cultural elements as possible. Also, address why culture is important in communication. How does your culture affect your communication with others?
COM 200 Week 3 Dq 2 Willingness to Listen
Willingness to Listen. Research from communication expert, James McCroskey, has been influential within the interpersonal communication field. He is especially well-known for his communication research scales. Go to the Willingness to Listen website and complete the “Willingness to Listen Measure.” Follow the directions on the website to score your results. Based on your results, do you have a high, moderate, or low willingness to listen to others? How do you think your willingness to listen score could impact your interpersonal relationships? Do you think that this measure was accurate for you? What about the measure do you think was or was not accurate?
COM 200 Week 3 Article Critique Self-Disclosure, Gender, and Communication
Article Critique: Self-Disclosure, Gender, and Communication. Review the article entitled, “Can We Talk? Researcher Talks about the Role of Communication in Happy Marriages,” from the ProQuest database found in the Ashford Online Library. Write a one-page paper (excluding title and reference pages) about your thoughts on this article. In your paper, be sure to address the following:
a. Can you relate to this article on self-disclosure in relationships? If so, explain what specifically you could relate to and provide examples of your own experiences. If not, what has your experience been regarding self-disclosure in your intimate relationships?
b. Do you agree that self-disclosure is important and directly related to satisfaction in relationships? Why or why not?
c. What about gender differences? Remember, although research has found differences in gender communication, it has also found similarities. What kind of similarities between genders have you experienced?
d. Lastly, remember that although research is based on generalizations, not everyone fits into these generalizations regarding gender. Do you feel like you fit into the generalizations?
COM 200 Week 4 Dq 1 Empathy
Empathy. In this week’s readings the author discusses emotional intelligence, a concept which measures people’s ability to understand emotions and express them appropriately. As you have learned, this ability is crucial to communicating effectively in interpersonal relationships. One of the major components of emotional intelligence is the ability to empathize with others. First, describe in your own words what it means to have empathy. Second, share an example of a time when you found it difficult to empathize with someone. How did you handle the situation? What could you have done differently to empathize with them?
COM 200 Week 4 Dq 2 Attraction in Interpersonal Relationships
Attraction in Interpersonal Relationships. Chapter Eight of Making Connections: Understanding Interpersonal Communication addresses the various elements that attract us to other people when we first enter a relationship. It might be just one thing that we like about another person or it could be several things. What do you look for in other people when you first meet them? This could be a potential romantic partner or even a platonic friend. Either way, we each look for or are attracted to certain things when we meet people. Share an example of a time when you developed a friendship/relationship with someone whom you did not get along with at first. What changed for you?
COM 200 Week 4 Interpersonal Conflict in Film
Interpersonal Conflict in Film. Choose one (1) movie from a list provided below:
a. Brooks, J. (Director). (2004). Spanglish [Film]. Los Angeles: Gracie Films.
b. Cohen, B. (Producer), & Mendes, S. (Director). (1999). American beauty [Film]. Los Angeles: Dreamworks.
c. Goldwyn, T. (Director). (2006). The last kiss [Film]. Los Angeles: Dreamworks.
d. Haggis, P. (Director). (2004). Crash [Film]. Los Angeles: Bob Yari Productions.
e. Mordaunt, W., Tadross, M. (Executive Producers), &Tennant, A. (Director). (2005). Hitch [Film]. Los Angeles: Sony Pictures.
Watch your selected film, identify an interpersonal conflict that was not handled effectively, and write a two-page paper (excluding title and reference pages) regarding why the conflict was not handled effectively and what could have been done differently. Be sure to focus on one particular interpersonal conflict and not the movie as a whole. Films can be viewed online via streaming media sites, such as Netflix or Amazon Instant Video. You may also rent DVDs from these sites, or from your local DVD rental outlet. Some films may be available for free at streaming sites, such as Hulu or Crackle. You may also check them out at low or no cost from your local library.
Please Note: A synopsis of the film (e.g., which actors are in the film or what the movie is about) should not be included. Be sure to reference at least one of your course readings from this week in your paper. The paper must be formatted according to APA style. Cite your resources in text and on the reference page. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar, in your online course.
COM 200 Week 5 Dq 1 Unprofessional Work Environments
Unprofessional Work Environments. One of the most frustrating situations in the professional world is to work with someone who is not professional. This often makes the work environment a disheartening one. Have you ever found yourself in a situation where the work environment was unprofessional? How did you handle the situation? Share an example. If your work experience is limited, consider a time when you were working with others in a different context, such as school or a club. Also, address how you can combat this in the future with effective communication skills.
COM 200 Week 5 Dq 2 The Influence of Mediated Communication
The Influence of Mediated Communication. Social media (e.g., email, blogs, Facebook, Skype, Twitter) has played a major role in changing the way that we engage in interpersonal communication. As we have learned this week, communicating through electronic media is referred to as mediated communication. There are pros and cons to using mediated communication in our interpersonal relationships. How has mediated communication improved your interpersonal relationships? How has it hurt them? Provide examples to illustrate your point.
COM 200 Week 5 Final Paper Letter of Advice Paper
Focus of the Final Paper
Imagine that a newly engaged couple hears that you are taking a course in interpersonal communication, and wants advice for their relationship. Based on what you have learned in this course, what advice would you give them regarding how to effectively use interpersonal communication in their relationship? Write your paper in the form of a letter.
Choose at least five (5) of the twelve (12) course learning outcomes below to help guide your letter. For each of the five learning outcomes that you use, create a separate section with a heading that reflects the learning outcome that you are using.
1. Explain the principles and misconceptions in effective interpersonal communications.
2. Identify the barriers to effective interpersonal interactions
3. Describe the process by which self-concept is developed and maintained
4. Assess their personal communications and improve their communication competencies
5. Develop strategies for active, critical, and empathic listening.
6. Recognize how words have the power to create and affect attitudes, behavior, and perception.
7. Understand how perceptions, emotions, and nonverbal expression affect interpersonal relationships.
8. Define emotional intelligence and its role in effective interpersonal relationships.
9. Evaluate appropriate levels of self-disclosure in relationships.
10. Describe strategies for managing interpersonal conflicts.
11. Recognize how self-concept and defensive and supportive messages and behaviors create positive and negative communication climates.
12. Understand the impact of gender and culture on interpersonal communications.
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