COM 200 Week 5 Final Paper Letter of Advice Paper

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Final Paper: Letter of Advice

Focus of the Final Paper
Imagine that a newly engaged couple hears that you are currently taking a course in Interpersonal Communication and wants advice for their relationship. Based on what you have learned in this course, what kind of advice would you give them regarding how to effectively use interpersonal communication in their relationship?

Instructions
Choose at least five (5) of the twelve (12) course learning outcomes below to help guide your letter: For each of the five learning outcomes that you use, create a separate section with a heading that reflects the learning outcome that you are using.

1.  Explain the principles and misconceptions in effective interpersonal communications.

2.  Identify the barriers to effective interpersonal interactions.

3.  Describe the process by which self-concept is developed and maintained.

4.  Assess their personal communications and improve their communication competencies.

5.  Develop strategies for active, critical, and empathic listening.

6.  Recognize how words have the power to create and affect attitudes, behavior, and perception.

7.  Understand how perceptions, emotions, and nonverbal expression affect interpersonal relationships.

8.  Define emotional intelligence and its role in effective interpersonal relationships.

9.  Evaluate appropriate levels of self-disclosure in relationships.

10.  Describe strategies for managing interpersonal conflicts.

11.  Recognize how self-concept and defensive and supportive messages and behaviors create positive and negative communication climates.

12.  Understand the impact of gender and culture on interpersonal communications.

Write an eight to ten page paper (excluding title and reference pages) in the form of a letter. In this paper, address at least five concepts to discuss (choose the concepts that you feel are most important to successful communication within interpersonal relationships). Your advice cannot be based on your own opinions; you must back up your advice with research. This may include readings from this course or from outside sources. In total, your paper must include at least five (5) sources with at least two (2) from ProQuest. This is a formal paper and should include proper grammar, complete sentences, appropriate paragraphs, and correct citations/references in proper APA style. However, you will write this paper in the format of a letter to the newly engaged couple and may address the couple throughout the paper. For example: “Dear Sara and Tim, my advice to you for a successful relationship is…” Along with explaining the communication concepts and including the research, you may also use your personal experiences to explain the research and advice that you are offering.

Papers must be formatted according to APA (6th edition) style guidelines as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. If you would like to refer to APA samples and tutorials, log into the Ashford Writing Center (USER NAME: ashford; PASSWORD: student). Click on the “APA & Research Guides” tab and review the resources.

Please Note: An outline draft of this assignment will be submitted during Week 3, on Day 7. You will receive feedback on your draft so that you can make the necessary improvements for your final paper submission during Week Five.

Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:

1.  Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

2.  Must include a title page with the following:

o  Title of paper

o  Student’s name

o  Course name and number

o  Instructor’s name

o  Date submitted

3.  Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.

4.  Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.

5.  Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.

6.  Must use at least five (5) scholarly sources, including a minimum of two (2) from ProQuest, found in the Ashford Online Library.

7.  Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Description

COM 200 Week 5 Final Paper Letter of Advice Paper,

Dear Bob and Sue,

All throughout your marriage you will face many trials and tribulations. Communication is the key to any long lasting, healthy marriage. Being able to manage emotions, recognize others feelings, motivate yourself, and be self aware will help you to help your marriage last longer. No marriage is perfect, you will make many mistakes. Make the mistakes and learn from them, do not just make mistakes and keep making them over and over again. Taking the time out to evaluate all the things that you are doing wrong within your marriage, by using active listening skills, communication skills, and effective interpersonal skills, will help you both to have a long lasting marriage.

Managing your emotions mean expressing them in a manner that is appropriate to the circumstances (Hybels, Weaver II, 1986, p.157). Marriage is a partnership. Never try to do things alone. Communicate with one another about things. Money is always the prime factor in marriage arguments. Do not keep secrets from one another. It is wrong and in cases of marriage it is betrayal. When one of you is faced with a problem, you both are faced with a problem. When you both said you “I dos” you gave up the “I”s for we!

I myself have faced many trails and tribulations throughout my marriage and do not regret having gone through those trails. In my opinion they made my marriage stronger. You will find yourself arguing over the littlest things, such as whose night it is to wash the dishes. Never try o avoid an argument by settling to make your partner happy. All you are doing is covering it up so that it will never get resolved. Sit at your kitchen table and let one another know exactly how you feel. By doing this you are making one another aware of your feelings. Then you can make a scheduled plan based on what the two f you talked about.

Lack of communication is the biggest down falls in marriages. Always, always Bob and Sue keep an open mind in your marriage. Encourage one another to talk about your feelings when something is bothering one of you. When the both of you talk to one another repeat of rephrase what was said so that there is n miscommunication. Always let one another know when something is not fully understood. Make it so that neither one of you will think the other one foolish if one of you do not understand something. Be considerate of one another’s feelings. Help each other build up confidence instead of tearing it down. It is okay to walk way from an argument at the time you are upset.

What some couples fail to do is revisit the argument after the both of you have calmed down. Revisiting an argument put things out in the open. It lets the both of you say things that you could have not possible said while upset. In a calm disposition you both are able to better understand one another without judgment or ridicule. You both will find

 

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