Assignment: Reflection on Knowledge and Understanding of the Theory/Concept

Assignment: Reflection on Knowledge and Understanding of the Theory/Concept

Assignment: Reflection on Knowledge and Understanding of the Theory/Concept


5 Short Answer Questions. A good short answer question will answer the question completely and be around a paragraph. It should reflect your knowledge and understanding of the theory/concept.

Choose 2 of the 4 provided essay questions. A good essay question will completely answer the question and address the prompt provided. It should be supported with good examples and thorough discussion and analysis. It should be around 1-2 pages in length.

Short Answer Question 1

How are messages created?


Short Answer Question 2

After a month of observing married couples’ interactions, you observe nonverbal behavior that has you thinking that perhaps conflict is often facilitated by particular body posture and inflection. What do you think needs to happen to transform your hunches into a theory?


Assignment: Reflection on Knowledge and Understanding of the Theory/Concept

Short Answer Question 3

You need to teach a friend about what theory is from a conceptual understanding. Chapter 1 uses the metaphors of net, lens, and a map. Can you choose another metaphor to explain theory?


Short Answer Question 4

How do scientists and interpretive scholars differ in their answers to the question What is truth? Which perspective do you find most satisfying and why?


short Answer Question 5

You have been in the friend zone for awhile now and really hope to move into the “romantic possibility” territory with your love interest. What insight/advice does Minimal Justification Hypothesis offer?


Assignment: Reflection on Knowledge and Understanding of the Theory/Concept

Essay Question 1

Which Uncertainty Management Strategy would use use when scoping out the following relationships: a blind date, a new co-worker, meeting your boyfriend’s/girlfriend’s parents for the first time. If your answers differ between these three, please explain why.

Essay Question 2

Which of the seven traditions serve as the best to analyze and explain this poster? (Chapter 4). What would it try to explain? Why is it the best perspective for this artifact?

Essay Question 3

How can we call a scientific theory good if it is capable of being proved wrong? How can we decide when a rhetorical critic provides a responsible interpretation?

Essay Question 4

You are an organizational consultant hired by Dunder Mifflin Paper Company to perform an ethnography to observe and offer insight to the communication practices of management and employees. You have a video artifact documenting some of the interactions and behaviors of the organizational members.

Assignment: Reflection on Knowledge and Understanding of the Theory/Concept

Part of your job is to:

1. Identify 3 different “cultural performances”.

2. Perform a “Thick Analysis” of these performances. This includes:

1. Accurately describe the talk and actions and the particular context in which they occur.

2. Capture the thoughts emotions, and the web of social interactions that surround that performance .

3. Determine motivation, intention, or purpose for people said and did.

4. Interpret what happened; explain what it means within this culture.


Discussion Questions (DQ)

  • Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
  • Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
  • One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
  • I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.

Weekly Participation

  • Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
  • In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
  • Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
  • Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.

APA Format and Writing Quality

  • Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
  • Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
  • I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.

Use of Direct Quotes

  • I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
  • As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
  • It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.


LopesWrite Policy

  • For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
  • Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
  • Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
  • Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.

Late Policy

  • The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
  • Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
  • If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
  • I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
  • As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.


  • Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me: 
    • Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
    • Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.


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