SPCH 277 DeVry Complete Week Discussions Package Latest



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SPCH 277 DeVry Complete Week Discussions Package Latest

SPCH 277 DeVry Complete Week Discussions Package Latest


SPCH 277 DeVry Week 1 Discussion 1 Latest

The words we choose when we communicate with others can have a profound impact on whether or not our communication is successful. We often fail to consider the importance of word choice until it is too late, and our communication has failed. Think of a time when the words you selected contributed to your miscommunication with another person. How did your word choice impact the miscommunication? What could you have done differently?

SPCH 277 DeVry Week 1 Discussion 2 Latest

Getting off to a strong start with the course project, the Communication Change Challenge (CCC), is important. Please take some time early this week to review the following and to post any specific questions you may have about how to proceed with the project to this week’s Q & A thread.

Under Week 1: the Course Project Tab – CCC Part 1.

Under Course Home: the introduction in the Course Project tab and the screen cast tutorial: Communication Change Challenge.

Begin by defining interpersonal communication. Then, think of an instance you want to share where your interpersonal communication habits or behaviors got in the way of successful communication between you and another person. Describe the behavior, and tell us why it was a problem.

SPCH 277 DeVry Week 2 Discussion 1 Latest

This week we will explore how we use nonverbal communication. Please refer to Chapter 5 in your course textbook. Essentials of Human Communication, when responding to this Discussion topic. The chapter explains how nonverbal behavior complements our verbal messages and the impact nonverbal behaviors have on the meaning and emotional content of our messages. Give examples of how you use nonverbal behaviors to communicate what you really mean in your messages. How do you use your tone of voice, eye contact, posture, gestures, and other nonverbal behaviors to let the person you are talking to know how you feel about something?

SPCH 277 DeVry Week 2 Discussion 2 Latest

The average person speaks at a rate of 125 – 175 words per minute but can process what they hear (called “thought speed”) at a rate of 500 – 600 words per minute. This means that we are capable of listening far faster than the person speaking to us can say their words. What negative impact could this have on how you listen to another person? On the other hand, how could you use thought speed to help you be a better listener?

SPCH 277 DeVry Week 3 Discussion 1 Latest

The Ladder of Inference (graded)

This is a written assignment in lieu of the threaded discussions. Have a cover page, a reference page, and one page for this topic for a total of 3 pages. This assignment is due on Monday, September 21, in class. Bring a hard copy of the assignment to give directly to your professor.

An aspect of interpersonal communication not addressed in your text is the “Ladder of Inference,” a metaphor that illustrates how quickly we jump to conclusions with little data and minimal thought process – as if we are climbing up a ladder in our minds. This is a concept identified by Chris Argyris and described in his book Overcoming Organizational Defenses (1990, Prentice Hall). The ladder of inference is also described in The Fifth Discipline Field book by Peter M. Senge, Art Kleiner, Charlotte Roberts, Richard B. Ross, and Bryan J. Smith, 1994, as well as in many other resources in print and online.

Do a quick on-line research on the concept of “The Ladder of Inference.” In class, we will watch a video about this concept. After you research it, define the concept of “The Ladder of Inference, then write an example from your experience when, upon reflection, you recall how you climbed up your ladder of inference. How could things have turned out differently if you had not climbed that ladder? According to your research, what can you do to avoid making hasty, false assumptions and avoid climbing your own ladder of inference? Be specific and detailed.

SPCH 277 DeVry Week 3 Discussion 2 Latest

Conflict Management Strategies (graded)

This is a written assignment in lieu of the threaded discussions. Have a cover page, a reference page, and one page for this topic for a total of 3 pages. This assignment is due on Monday, Sept. 21, in class. Bring a hard copy of the assignment to give directly to your professor.

Interpersonal conflict is when the needs or ideas of one person are at odds (disagree) with the needs or ideas of another person. Interpersonal conflict is something we all experience in our life and it is neither good nor bad. How we resolve conflict may have good or bad effects on our relationships however.

Read pages 161 – 162 in Chapter 8 of your course e-Book, Essentials of Human Communication to learn about five strategies for dealing with conflict. Describe interpersonal relationship situations (either your own or another couple) where the conflict was dealt with through each of these five strategies described in the book: competing, avoiding, compromising, accommodating, or collaborating. Write a short, two-to-four sentence description of each situation where each of these conflict management strategies were used.

SPCH 277 DeVry Week 4 Discussion 1 Latest

We’ve all worked in groups that had one or more members that caused problems and made it difficult for all group members. Here is a short list of these problem group members:

The know-it-all: This person has a lot of information but only wants to tell the rest of the group what to do. He or she does not listen to what the other group members have to say. They are convinced that their way is the only way to do things.

The slacker: This person shows up part of the time, but never quite manages to get their work done. You can’t depend on assignments being completed.

The quiet one: This group member seems to have good ideas but he or she does not like to volunteer and often sits silently through discussions and brainstorming sessions.

The do-it-all: This person takes charge of the project and would prefer to do it alone without feedback or contributions from the rest of the group.

The disappearing teammate: This person attends the first group meeting but is not seen or heard from afterwards. E-mails go unanswered.

Share an experience where you encountered a group member that fit one of the descriptions above. How did your group or team deal with them? Did the problem team member create problems for you?

SPCH 277 DeVry Week 4 Discussion 2 Latest

In class for Week 4 we will discuss several ways to catch your audience’s attention when you begin your presentation. You will also receive a handout on Speech Introductions in class, which can be found in Doc Sharing under Robert’s Handouts.

1. How can a speaker catch your attention in their speech introduction?

2. How can they hold your attention during the speech/

3. How do you plan to start your PowerPoint Presentation in Week 6?

4. What attention grabbing method do you plan to use?

5. Why do you think this method will work?

SPCH 277 DeVry Week 5 Discussion 1 Latest

Why is knowing your audience an important part of capturing and maintaining their attention? What aspects of your audience should you consider before you speak that might influence what you present? How will you make your presentation relevant and interesting to your audience?

SPCH 277 DeVry Week 5 Discussion 2 Latest

If you have not already done so, read the Presentation tab under Course Home and review the PowerPoint narration tutorials. There are more tutorials in this week’s lecture. Practice using your microphone and volume controls on the computer that you will be recording with, and learn to use the PowerPoint narration feature. You are required to use PowerPoint for your narrated speech PowerPoint presentation, which is due next week, Week 6.

You will be doing your PowerPoint presentation on October 5th (Week 6). Have you ever experienced “death by PowerPoint” when a speaker bored you with their presentation? Why was their presentation so bad? What are some common PowerPoint mistakes that you should avoid with your presentation?

SPCH 277 DeVry Week 6 Discussion 1 Latest

So far, we have talked a lot about speech content and organization. Which do you think is more important to the success of a presentation: good content or good delivery? (Make an argument for one or the other.) Why?

SPCH 277 DeVry Week 6 Discussion 2 Latest

What is the purpose of effective informative speaking? What is the purpose of effective persuasive speaking? What are the differences between informative speaking and persuasive speaking? How would you organize your speech differently to persuade rather than to inform?

SPCH 277 DeVry Week 7 Discussion 1 Latest

Giving and Receiving Criticism (graded)

Part One: Review information in your course e-book, pages 254 – 259, for giving criticism on another person’s speech. What are some important things to consider when giving and receiving criticism?

Part Two: How can you create an effective climate when discussing matters of importance with coworkers, clients, vendors, superiors, and employees. What factors should be considered when creating that climate? How can creating the right communication climate help you to achieve positive outcomes?

This section lists options that can be used to view responses.

SPCH 277 DeVry Week 7 Discussion 2 Latest

Speech Presentations Feedback (graded)

Last week you gave interesting and informative PowerPoint presentations. You received my evaluation of your presentation in class on Oct. 12. Please give each of your fellow classmates at least one positive comment regarding their PP presentation. Make this your own view point. Don’t repeat what another student says about any particular presentation.


SPCH 277 DeVry Complete Week Discussions Package Latest

SPCH 277 DeVry Complete Week Discussions Package Latest



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