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BCOM 275 Week 1 Individual Assignment Misunderstandings Paper
Complete Assignment 1.1 from Ch. 1 of Communicating in the Workplace.
Choose two misunderstandings you experienced and fill out the chart for these.
Respond to questions 1 and 2 shown under the chart for each example of a misunderstanding. In
your response, include the following:
Cite a meaningful misunderstanding rather than a general or less material misunderstanding.
Use business- or work-related examples rather than personal ones.
Identify the roles of the sender and receiver, such as manager, peer, subordinate, client, vendor,
and so forth.

BCOM 275 Week 1 DQS
DQ 1
What are some ways in which receivers of messages provide feedback when listening to or
reading a message? What effect does this have on the message? Provide examples.

DQ 2
What are some ways in which senders might receive feedback from their messages? How might
this feedback affect the sender and the message? Why is this important?

DQ 3
Which step in the communication process do you consider to be the most important? Why do you
think this? Which of these steps is the most uncomfortable for you? Why is this? How might you
work to change this?

DQ 4
How has technology changed the communication process? Has technology changed the way
people communicate in business? Provide examples.

BCOM 275 Week 2 Learning Team Assignment Demonstrative Communication Paper
Write a paper describing demonstrative communication. Demonstrative communication includes
nonverbal and unwritten communication and involves such things as facial expressions, tone of
voice, body language, and so forth. Include the following elements in your paper:
Provide examples showing how demonstrative communication can be effective and ineffective,
positive and negative, for the sender and receiver.
Explain how demonstrative communication involves listening and responding.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

BCOM 275 Week 2 DQS
DQ 1
Consider the following statement: Most disagreements or differences of opinion are more often a
result of faulty, misunderstood, or confusing premises, rather than faulty reason from a valid
premise. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Explain your answer.

DQ 2
Ch. 5 & 6 of Critical Thinking cover fallacies and rhetoric. What are two examples of persuasion
that are not valid arguments according to the text? Why are these invalid arguments?

DQ 3
What are some methods you might use to determine the reliability of the data you gather? Why is
it important to analyze your data to determine if it is reliable?

DQ 4
What are some reasons you might consider data or information to lack validity, credibility, or
reliability? Explain your answer by using examples.

BCOM 275 Week 3 Learning Team Assignment Learning Team Debate Paper Outline
Resources: Debate Paper assignment requirements located in Week Five.
Create an outline for the Debate Paper that will be used to write the paper. Include (some)
references to be used in the paper.

BCOM 275 Week 3 DQS
DQ 1
What suggestions would you offer a new employee to help them effectively communicate in your
workplace when meeting face-to-face, sending an e-mail, and during a meeting?

DQ 2
What would be the most effective channel to communicate with your boss? Why is this? Why are
other channels less effective?

DQ 3
What do you consider to be the most important features of an effective communication? Explain
your choices.

DQ 4
You are preparing to write a formal report to be presented to the management at your workplace.
What are some potential needs for the audience that you should be aware of when writing the
report? What are the risks of not considering the needs of the audience?

BCOM 275 Week 4 Individual Assignment Knowing Your Audience Paper and
Communication Release
Resource: “Over 30 Workers Trapped After Chilean Copper Mine Collapse” article found in the
Electronic Reserve Readings.
Research additional articles and information about the Chilean mine collapse.
Write a paper using this and other articles as a resource. Because communications must be
designed with the audience in mind, answer the following questions:
What are some considerations to remember given the different roles and people in the audience?
What would be the potential needs of the families of the miners in receiving a message about this
What would be the potential needs of the company’s employees when receiving a message
about this incident?
What actions must you take before and after the message is delivered to ensure that it was
received as intended?
Format the paper consistent with APA guidelines.
Draft two communications from the mining company announcing the accident, using what you

have learned about the audience and effective messages. One communication should be
directed to the families of the trapped miners and the other as an internal news release to
employees in the company. For both, identify the most appropriate channel—face-to-face, e-mail,
video, memo, and so on.
Quality, content, initiative, resources, etc are all a factor in this assignment.
ALL of the writing should be in one (1) Word document

BCOM 275 Week 4 DQS
DQ 1
What different persuasive approaches would you use on the following audiences: a boss, a peer,
a challenging person, or an open-minded person? Why would your approach differ?

DQ 2
Consider the list titled “In Depth: Critical Thinking, The Long Version” in Ch.1 of Critical Thinking.
What do you consider to be the most important points? Why do you think this?

DQ 3
What is the difference between persuasion and manipulation? How do arguments and language
affect the difference?

DQ 4
What keys or tips can raise suspicion about the validity of arguments, presented verbally and in
writing? Cite specific examples.

BCOM 275 Week 5 Learning Team Assignment Debate Paper
Resource: Learning Team Debate Paper Outline
Write a debate paper in which the team creates a debate of a current event or other controversial
topic and provides an analysis of arguments presented for both sides. Complete the following in
the paper:
Introduction: Introduce the issue that is the subject of the debate
Include a minimum of two but no more than four arguments for the pro and con sides of the
Evaluate any potential ethical, moral, or legal issues.
Identify the team’s determination of the more persuasive argument.
Reflect on the arguments presented and reveal the team’s consensus.
Base the conclusion solely on the pro and con arguments.
Include a rebuttal of weaker arguments.
Explain why the selected arguments were more persuasive.
Format the paper consistent with APA guidelines.
Cite at least ten sources.
Select one of the following countries:
Create a cultural evaluation in which you identify the ways that arguments or presentation of the
arguments would need to be changed as the result of cultural differences in the country.

Format the evaluation consistent with APA guidelines.

BCOM 275 Week 5 DQS
DQ 1
Consider the following: Some Pacific islander tribes expect the elderly or infirm to leave the group
and go off on their own to die. Provide your view of this practice by providing arguments that
consider cultural diversity. Respond with opposing views to posts by at least two other students.

DQ 2
You are a journalist for an up-and-coming online news website. You are inadvertently given some
information that you know would increase your website’s popularity, but could potentially
compromise national security. How might you handle the story? Explain your decision.

DQ 3
As a manager for a large, multinational corporation, you travel around the world to different
countries giving presentations and conducting meetings. You always try to include humor as an
icebreaker. What potential barriers could you face when delivering your presentation in the United
States, China, the United Kingdom, and India? Are you able to give the same presentation in all
four locations? Why do you think this?

DQ 4
Is it possible for a communication to convey a message that is legal, but ethically wrong? Is it
possible for a message to be ethical, but not legal? Explain your answers and provide an