RELATIONAL COMMUNICATION - COMM 113 STUDY
GUIDE - MIDTERM EXAM
Primarily Objective (T/F, Multiple Choice); one short essay
TOPICS: (This list is not inclusive) ( Wednesday, March
John Stewart. Bridges Not Walls
Stewart book deserves a thorough read, even as specific questions are
not easy to draft. Read for the idea, and remember major terms/themes
only. Specific sections
2: What is communication? Interpersonal assumption (e.g., "nexting"), nature of persons
and objects (humanizing/objectifying), distinctions and implications, . Lecture part: act, interact,
and transact, punctuation/segmentation of ongoing behavior, fierce conversation .I find Buber fundamental in establishing
a posture for viewing dialogue
3: The self in communication. Self concept/perception. Identities
Chapter 4: Nonverbal and language as it affects perception and interaction
5 : will have a few questions on listening with some coming from mini-lectures
Dan Canary, Michael Cody, and Valarie Manusov Interpersonal Communication:
A Goal-Based 4th Edition
Cody et al. book is important social scientific research. This book
helps to provide the empirical data to support or deny interpersonal
communication theories. Here are some of the important areas from each
chapter that you should definitely know for the exam. However, this
list is not exclusive.
Chapter 1- the
definition of interpersonal communication and the assumptions its
based on, the definition of goals and the seven properties of goals
that relate to interpersonal communication, and the three types of
interpersonal goals, communication competence.
Chapter 2-, person perception, confirming/disconfirming, illocutinary acts, individual differences
(not many Q from this chapter)
Chapter 3- Definition
of non-verbal communication, the seven types of non-verbals (know
vis-a-vis lecture Kinesics, Proximics, Paralinguistics), non-verbals
and culture, 5 functions of non-verbal behavior, models on non-verbal
intimacy and immediacy.
Chapter 4- Listening,
backchannels, dialogic listening, empathic,
Deliberative and Active listening
Chapter 5 -Cognition and attribution sections, stereotypes, expectancies,
four types of schemata, the four important cognitive processes: stereotypes [from lecture: schema (person,
role, self), scripted behavior, mindfulness/mindlessness]
Chapter 14- Why
study individual differences?, Machiavellian Behavior, Self Monitoring
Behavior, Locus of control, Cognitive Complexity, Argumentativeness,
Communication Apprehension, loneliness, narcissism .
Lectures: Even as it is difficult to take extensive notes in lectures
there have been some. PowerPoint (Models; Listening, Perception, Nonverbal,. Lecture items less emphasized in texts include attribution
(e.g. Fundamental Attribution Error and reasoning errors/tendencies,
estimated relationship potential, bottom-up/top-down processing,
traits vs. situation, etc)
Labs: lecture materials, especially as they are extensions from the
book are fair game. active listening, listening skills, social roles,
non-verbals (deception), , small talk..
Short essay: Will select one essay from the following three:
1. If there were an example might be: "If you
were to isolate the single most important rule or axiom that emerged
for you concerning interpersonal relationships what would it be? Explain
and defend your answer. Make an argument, do not just feedback stuff
to show how well prepared you are. THINK and make a point. For example,
I might answer this with discussing "Tentativeness" in judgments in
conversations as a way of opening up the possibile
2. Consider what you learned about conversation meta-perspectives ("How I see me" "How I see you," "How I think you see me," etc.) Reflect on a recent interaction you've had with another person; describe how coversation meta-perspectives played a role in that interaction. Additionally, how has your awareness of covedrnsation meta-perspectives affected your comunication with others?
3. Dr. Louden prompted a discussion by exchanging students' pens with one another. What did this activity illustrate with relation to communication styles? Select two examples of relationships in your own life to illustrate contrasting types of communication and discuss how you approach communication in each. How do these varying communication styles influence your relationships? How do the relationships influence your communications styles? Thrust is treating a person as an object or human - Buber I-Thou.
Be flexible, creative, focused, and think a bit and you'll be fine.
I know there is a lot of
materials in the readings. I also know that lecture highlight rather
than spoon feeding, but for those feeling test anxiety consider the
recognize the study guide can never be specific enough. It is a guide,
mostly to not blindside folks with questions from the text that were
not in lecture. If questions on the exam are specific, and we consciously
try not to get too specific (picky) but of course that is "in the
eye of the beholder." The "picky" questions are on the
exam are those either in lecture, power points, lab handouts or specifically
mentioned in study guide.
for example, a question like this true/false one: "C. Roland Christensen's
essay on teaching argues that teaching and learning are inseparable,
[a] reciprocal giving and receiving." We never are playing the
game of "is this the right author/theory match." Christensen
essay is about teaching. The question really is are teaching and learning
we check the test after the exam and throw out questions that do not
do the job or are "unfair" for some reason. In the end, the
test ends up being "mostly" fair.
what to do with Stewart is more problematic. That is why the study guide
says "Read for the idea, and remember major terms/themes only." Again,we try not to get picky.
many questions on the exam are just give aways I know 99% will
get correct. They are there to emphasize a given
be familiar with the big stuff. Relax and trust your ability to reason
through questions, to get at what is really being asked rather than
the trivia of terms and labels.