KIM WOODS

Basic Principles of Communication

Before you submit this assignment, you must do the following preparatory work:

  1. Read Steps to Writing a Good Paper.
  2. Do the Week One Paper training and take the quiz demonstrating you understand what is expected of you on this paper.
  3. Read Understanding the Paper Grading Rubrics 

Week One Assignment Instructions

In section 1.4, Bevan and Sole (2014) discuss many principles of communication – taking responsibility for your behavior, shared meaning, acknowledging your view is only one, respecting others and yourself, and practicing being a competent communicator.  In this assignment, you will explain two of these basic principles and then think through them with an example of miscommunication from your life or a hypothetical scenario. To close, you will identify a challenge Bevan and Sole address (see Section 1.3 on misperception, long-distance relationships and intergenerational relationship) or some other barrier that disrupted the process of communication and how this can be overcome. 

Here is the assignment breakdown:

  • Drawing on Chapter one in Bevan and Sole (see section 1.4 specifically), explain two basic principles of interpersonal communication.
  • Describe an instance of miscommunication (it is okay for you to use a hypothetical).
  • Identify one or more challenge (see Bevan and Sole, Section 1.3) or barrier that caused this miscommunication.
  • Explain how that challenge or barrier interrupted the process of successful communication and how they can be overcome based on what you’ve learned in this course.

When you’ve completed the first draft of your paper, use the grading rubric to assess how you did. If you see weaknesses in any section, spend some additional time with that section.

The Basic Principles of Communication paper

  • Must be two double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style. For assistance, visit the Ashford Writing Center’s APA Essay Checklist for Students.
  • Must include a title page with the following: (For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, please refer to the Formatting Instructions for MS Word 2013)
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper. For assistance on writing Introductions and Conclusions as well as Thesis Statements, please refer to the Ashford Writing Center & Library resources tab.
  • Must use the textbook as a source. The Integrating Research tutorial will offer further assistance on including supporting information and reasoning.
  • Must document any information from a source in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s In-Text Citation Guide.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style. See the APA References List guide created by the Ashford Writing Center.
 

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