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Interpersonal Communication

COM -1090

FINAL EXAM

Relationship Analysis (Observation)

Worth 150 Points

Requirements:

A. You will do BOTH!

a. Conduct general RESEARCH about Interpersonal Relationships AND

b. OBSERVE, ANALYZE, AND WRITE about a relationship that you are currently having.

B. This observation begins _________________ (See Discussion Board for Date)

a. Feel free to begin your research but Do NOT begin writing about your observation before that date.

C. You will write a complete research paper on both what you have found in your research as well as in your observations and analysis.

D. All the rules of writing/submitting a college-level paper apply.

E. Please refer to your syllabus for additional information.

F. Feel free to use this link as a guidance: https://writingcenter.fas.harvard.edu/pages/strategies-essay-writing

G. If you just write a story about your relationship you have NOT done this assignment.

Relationship

The relationship that you will observe and analyze can be with any ONE of the following persons:

1. Parent/Sibling

2. Close friend

3. Boyfriend/girlfriend

4. Significant other

5. Spouse

6. Older child

7. Classmate

8. Teacher

9. Co-worker/colleague

10. Sibling /Sibling

Important Information:

What will this paper cover?

a. Research:

· This assignment will take you through in Chapters 1 – 11 in your textbook.

· Additional research outside of your textbook is required.

b. Observation and Analysis

· Be careful who you select to observe and analyze this relationship with. The relationship that is most convenient for you might not necessarily be the one that is the best to observe and analyze for this project.

How to do well in this written assignment?

A. Follow the instructions.

· Very often students do not get enough points because they do not follow the instructions. Please follow the instructions on how to earn maximum points.

B. Show what you know.

· The concepts in the textbook are all covered in this paper and you have a great opportunity to display all the knowledge that you have gained over the semester about interpersonal communication / interpersonal relationships.

C. Provide Context.

· You must provide a context for the reader to understand your paper.

Your discussion must have an introduction and background information so that the reader may be able to understand the relationship under review. Highlight any background information that you think may be helpful to the reader.

D. Provide detailed analysis and observation.

· Detailed means that you will:

Define:

a. Each concept must be defined.

b. Integrate definition in your work. Use the terminology!

Analyze:

a. Provide the theoretical framework (integrate the research) of the concept (what is the theory undergirding the concept?)

b. Extend the data / integrate the research beyond the definition. For example, what other information is available about the concept?

Relate/Apply:

a. Integrate/Apply/Relate the experiences you have chosen to use from the observation during the week under review (experiential learning).

E. Page Limit

a. Minimum: 8 pages

b. Maximum: None

F. Grammatical Errorsa. Please Note: It is difficult to read a paper of this magnitude with too many grammatical mistakes. Consequently, after the fifth (5th) grammatical error, I will return the paper to you ungraded.b. No resubmits: Due to the time of the semester that you will submit this paper, there will be no time for resubmits.· Get help from the Writing Center.

G. SafeAssign

a. All papers will be subjected to go through SafeAssign – the college’s plagiarism checker.

b. Any scale up to a 5% SafeAssign rate of return is acceptable.

c. Your points will be adjusted according to the following scale:

· 1 – 5% – 0pts

· 6 – 8%: – 10pts

· 9 – 10%: – 10pts: Return Paper Ungraded

H. Name on Paper

a. You must have a COVER PAGE with: (1) Your name (2) Name of the assignment (3) Name of the professor, (4) Name of the class, and (5) date of the assignment on it.

I. Paper Requirements

a. Font size: 12; Font type: Times Roman, 1.5 spacing

J. Paper Format:

a. Essay Format

K. How will you submit your Paper?

a. Online

K. Deadline for Submitting your Paper.

a. See Discussion Board for details)

Questions to be answered in Research Paper

Instructions

Discuss the following in detail, citing specific examples from your own observation of your relationship.

Description/Background

· Provide a description/background of the relationship. Please note that unless you provide the reader with a description/background of the relationship, it will be difficult to have an accurate picture of the parties in this analysis.

Concepts

· What were some of the ways in which this individual affected your self-concept during the week under review?

· What were some of the ways in which perception impacted the relationship during the week under review?

· What were some of the ways in which you both displayed or communicated your emotions to one another during the week under review?

· What were some of the ways in which non-verbal behaviors impacted your relationship during the week under review?

· What were the listening styles displayed during various conversations and interactions during the week under review?

· What is the stage of your relationship with this person? Are you both in agreement that the relationship is at this stage? Describe all the stages that this relationship has gone through and indicate some of the characteristics that make you know you did enter those stages.

· Discuss some of the disclosure styles (and reasons for disclosures styles) used during various interactions during the week under review? Did you experience any need to access any of the alternatives to disclosure, for example, silence, equivocating, etc.?

· Discuss the communication climates observed/experienced during various interactions during the week under review?

· What were some of the confirming and disconfirming messages exchanged during various interactions during the week under review?

· Discuss a conflict event that occurred over the past week.

· Discuss the conflict styles displayed during any conflict over the last week.

· Discuss the stages that the conflict went through.

· What types of resolution were considered?

· What types of resolution (if applicable) did you ultimately reach in managing the conflict?

Important Note regarding Conflict:

a. If there was no conflict over the week under review, feel free to discuss a conflict that happened with this same person, any time prior to the week under review.

a. Provide the historical data on this conflict so that the reader may have a better understanding of your discussion.

b. The previous conflict that you choose to write about must be with THE SAME PERSON you observed.

Additional Information

Extra Credit Points:

You may earn a few extra credit points.

These points are assigned at the discretion of the teacher.

These points will be assigned upon completion of the questions below:

· In your own words, how would you characterize the relationship that you have just evaluated? Do you believe that your partner would share your perspectives on this?

· What other communication theories, if any, apply to the relationship that may not have been covered in this paper?

· What communication insights or lessons were revealed to you that were not already covered in the paper?

REMINDERS

1. You may begin your research and create a draft of your paper if you like. However, you must wait for the observation week to begin the observation.

2. You are responsible for knowing the information in your textbook.

3. The biggest things I want to point out to you are:

a. This exam is worth 150-points. 

b. Please be reminded that after the 5th grammatical error, your paper will be returned to you, ungraded.

c. Make sure to take your papers to the Writing Center or get other writing assistance.

d. It is quite challenging to write less than 8 pages (not including your cover page) and earn your best grade. Here are the reasons why:

i. You must write an introduction of the paper as well as of the person you will be analyzing this relationship with.

ii. You must provide the reader with all the information that may be necessary for the reader to understand this relationship, in your absence. For example, who is the person? What is the nature of your relationship with the person? Why have you chosen this relationship to analyze?  Does the person know that you are doing this? (The person does not have to know, but it is okay if he/she knows that you are doing this analysis). If the person knows, what is the person’s explicit contribution to the analysis?

iii. If the person does not know, how do you think the person would feel if he/she finds out? And any other information you think may be useful to this analysis.

4. You will answer the questions based on your research as well as your analysis over the week under review. In this analysis you must:

Define:

a. Each concept must be defined.

b. Integrate definition in your work. Use the terminology!

Analyze:

c. Provide the theoretical framework (integrate the research) of the concept (what is the theory undergirding the concept?)

d. Extend the data / integrate the research beyond the definition. For example, what other information is available about the concept?

Relate/Apply:

b. Integrate/Apply/Relate the experience(s) that you have chosen to use from the observation during the week under review (experiential learning)

Please Note:

· If you just write a story about your relationship you have NOT done this assignment

· Every concept that is used in this analysis is also a chapter in your textbook. You can feel free to incorporate materials from other sources as well.

· You must have a References Page!

i. Cite ALL sources that you use. This means that every resource that you use, including your textbook, MUST be cited.

· You DO NOT have to answer the questions in the order they were asked. You should answer them based on how they occurred during the week under review.

GOOD LUCK WITH THIS PAPER!

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