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Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Department of Communication
COM 212  –  Interpersonal Communication – Spring 2008
Instructor: Irwin Mallin

Response Paper 3
End-of-course Self Evaluation
Due at the start of class on Thursday, May 1

The first paper for this class asked you to evaluate yourself in terms of specific communication competencies, while the second paper for this course asked you to evaluate a theory we've discussed in this class in terms of your own experience.  This final paper asks you to return to self evaluation as we come to the end of the semester.  For the final paper, you should identify:

• One communication behavior you have changed as a result of the course.  When you write about this behavior you should identify:
    • The course material that led you to change this behavior;
    • The behavior you formerly engaged in, evidenced with one or more examples from interactions you've had with other people;
    • Briefly, why this behavior was problematic; and
    • The behavior you now engage in, evidenced with one or more examples from interactions you've had with other people

• One communication behavior you still wish to change as a result of the course.  When you write about this behavior you should identify:
    • The course material that leads you to want to change this behavior;
    • The behavior you wish to change, evidenced with one or more examples from interactions you've had with other people;
    • Briefly, why this behavior is problematic; and
    • What you think it will take for you to change this behavior

The best papers will have reasonably detailed analysis, display creativity, insight, and  be logically organized.  Of course, they’ll also be grammatically correct and free of spelling and punctuation errors.  When I read the paper I should be able to “see” the communication interaction to which you're referring.  Try to remember exactly what people said and did as best you can.

The essay should be between three and five pages in length.  It should be typed (double spaced, margins of 1" all around, font no larger than 12).  It should also be stapled.  Be sure and keep a copy of your paper.

IMPORTANT: USE THESE HEADINGS, EXACTLY AS THEY APPEAR HERE:

I. BEHAVIOR I'VE CHANGED
    A. Course Material   
    B. Description of Past Behavior

    C. Why It Was Problematic
    D. New Behavior

II. BEHAVIOR I STILL WISH TO CHANGE
    A. Course Material   
    B. Description of Behavior

    C. Why It's Problematic

    D. What It Would Take To Change

Hints for success for this paper:

•Make sure you do everything called for in these directions.
•Start now, take your time, and use the services of  the Writing Center in Kettler G19 if you need to.
•You are invited to show me a draft or discuss potential paper topics in office hours or by appointment. 

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