COM200: Interpersonal Communication full course

Ashford 2: – Week 1 – Discussion 1

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.next.ecollege.com/default/launch.ed?ssoType=CDMS&redirectUrl=https://content.ashford.edu/ssologin?bookcode=AUCOM200.11.1″>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 on using these skills in your everyday life?

Your initial
response should be 150-200 words in length

Ashford 2:
– Week 1 – Discussion 2

The “Self”
and Communication

In Chapter Three of.next.ecollege.com/default/launch.ed?ssoType=CDMS&redirectUrl=https://content.ashford.edu/ssologin?bookcode=AUCOM200.11.1″>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.

Your
initial response should be 150-200 words in length

Ashford 2: – Week 1 –
Assignment

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 also to address the following:

Have you
ever had a miscommunication with someone close to you simply because you
assumed that they understood you? What happened?
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.
Ashford 3: – Week 2 – Discussion 1

Improving
Verbal Communication

In
Chapter Four of.next.ecollege.com/default/launch.ed?ssoType=CDMS&redirectUrl=https://content.ashford.edu/ssologin?bookcode=AUCOM200.11.1″>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 in which you can improve your verbal communication. Explain how you will
use these skills to make your interpersonal verbal communication more
effective. Use a specific example of someone in your life (past or present)
that is difficult to communicate with. Describe how using these skills could
improve your communication with this person.

Your
initial response should be 150-200 words in length

Ashford 3:
– Week 2 – Discussion 2

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 something that we do not mean to. This tends to
happen quite often inintercultural communicationsituations (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
nonverbally communicated something to you that was different than 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.

Your
initial response should be 150-200 words in length

Ashford 3: – Week 2 –
Assignment

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.utpsyc.org/synch/”>Language Style Matchingwebsite 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 articleandyour language style matching score. In your paper,
be sure to address the following:

Do you think
the results provide by the.utpsyc.org/synch/”>Language
Style Matchingwebsite
are accurate? Why or why not?
Do you
believe that language style matching is a comprehensive way to predict the
quality of interpersonal relationships?

Be sure to reference the ProQuest article and at least one of
your 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.
Ashford 4: – Week 3 – Discussion 1

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 thateveryonehas 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?

Your
initial response should be 150-200 words in length

Ashford 4:
– Week 3 – Discussion 2

Willingness to Listen

Complete
the “.as.wvu.edu/~richmond/measures/listen.pdf”>Willingness to Listen
Measure” activity. 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?

Your
initial response should be 150-200 words in length

Ashford 4: – Week 3 –
Assignment 1

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:

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?
Do you agree
that self-disclosure is important and directly related to satisfaction in
relationships? Why or why not?
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?
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?

Be sure to reference the ProQuest article
and at least one of your 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.

shford 4: –
Week 3 – Assignment 2

Final Paper Outline

Review the Final Paper instructions in Week Five. Then, visit the Ashford
Writing Center, within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation
toolbar, and review the “Sample: Outline.” Format your outline for the Final
Paper according to the “Sample: Outline.” (NOTE: In the “Sample:
Outline,” it states that the thesis statement is the last one to three
sentences of the introduction.)

The outline must contain:

Introduction with thesis statement
At least five body paragraphs
Conclusion
Reference page containing at least three academic resources, two of
which are found in the Ashford Online Library

Empathy

In
this week’s readings the author discussesemotional 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, describein your own wordswhat 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?

Your
initial response should be 150-200 words in length

Ashford 5:
– Week 4 – Discussion 2

Attraction in Interpersonal Relationships

Chapter
Eight of.next.ecollege.com/default/launch.ed?ssoType=CDMS&redirectUrl=https://content.ashford.edu/ssologin?bookcode=AUCOM200.11.1″>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?

Your
initial response should be 150-200 words in length

Ashford 5: – Week 4 –
Assignment

Interpersonal
Conflict in Film

Chooseone (1)movie
from a list provided below:

Brooks, J.
(Director). (2004).Spanglish[Film]. Los Angeles:
Gracie Films.
Cohen, B.
(Producer), & Mendes, S. (Director). (1999).American beauty[Film]. Los Angeles: Dreamworks.
Goldwyn, T.
(Director). (2006).The last kiss[Film]. Los Angeles: Dreamworks.
Haggis, P.
(Director). (2004).Crash[Film]. Los Angeles: Bob
Yari Productions.
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.com/”>Netflixor.amazon.com/Instant-Video/b?ie=UTF8&node=2858778011″>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.com/”>Huluor.crackle.com/”>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.
Ashford 6:
– Week 5 – Discussion 1

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.

Your
initial response should be 150-200 words in length

Ashford 6:
– Week 5 – Discussion 2

he
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.

Your
initial response should be 150-200 words in length

Ashford 6: – Week 5 – Final
Paper

Final
Paper: Letter of Advice

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.

Instructions
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.

Explain the
principles and misconceptions in effective interpersonal communications.
Identify the
barriers to effective interpersonal interactions.
Describe the
process by which self-concept is developed and maintained.
Assess their
personal communications and improve their communication competencies.
Develop
strategies for active, critical, and empathic listening.
Recognize
how words have the power to create and affect attitudes, behavior, and
perception.
Understand
how perceptions, emotions, and nonverbal expression affect interpersonal
relationships.
Define
emotional intelligence and its role in effective interpersonal
relationships.
Evaluate
appropriate levels of self-disclosure in relationships.
Describe
strategies for managing interpersonal conflicts.
Recognize
how self-concept and defensive and supportive messages and behaviors
create positive and negative communication climates.
Understand
the impact of gender and culture on interpersonal communications.

Write
an eight to ten page paper (excluding title and reference pages) in the form of
a letter. In this paper, address at least five concepts (choose the concepts
that you feel are most important to successful communication within
interpersonal relationships). Your advicecannotbe based on your own opinions; youmustback up your advice with research, which may
include readings from this course or from outside sources.In total, your paper must include at least five (5)
sources, including at least two (2) from ProQuest. This
is a formal paper and should utilize proper grammar, complete sentences,
appropriate paragraphs, and correct citations/references in proper APA (6th
edition) style. However, you will write this paper in the format of a letter to
the newly-engaged couple, and may address the couple throughout the paper. For
example: “Dear Sara and Tim, my advice to you for a successful relationship
is…” Along with explaining concepts and including research, you may also use
your personal experiences as examples of the research and advice that you are
offering.

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.

Please Note: An
outline of this assignment will be submitted for credit during Week Three, on
Day 7. You will receive feedback on this draft so that you can make the
necessary improvements for your Final Paper submission during Week Five.

Writing the Final Paper
The
Final Paper:

Must be
eight to ten double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA
style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Must include
a title page with the following:

Title of
paper
Student’s
name
Course name
and number
Instructor’s
name
Date
submitted

Must begin
with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
Must address
the topic of the paper with critical thought.
Must end
with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
Must use at
least five (5) scholarly sources, including a minimum of two (2) from
ProQuest, found in the Ashford Online Library.
Must
document all sources (both within the text and on a separate reference
page) in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Must include
a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in
the Ashford Writing Center.

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