Basic Principles of Communication

Assignment Instructions


In section 1.4, Bevan and Sole (2014) discuss many principles of communication – taking responsibility for your behavior, shared meaning, acknowledging your view is only one, respecting others and yourself, and practicing being a competent communicator. In this assignment, you will explain two of these basic principles and then think through them with an example of miscommunication from your life or a hypothetical scenario. To close, you will identify a challenge Bevan and Sole address (see Section 1.3 on misperception, long-distance relationships and intergenerational relationship) or some other barrier that disrupted the process of communication and how this can be overcome.


Here is the assignment breakdown:

· Drawing on Chapter one in Bevan and Sole (see section 1.4 specifically), explain two basic principles of interpersonal communication.

· Describe an instance of miscommunication (it is okay for you to use a hypothetical).

· Identify one or more challenge (see Bevan and Sole, Section 1.3) or barrier that caused this miscommunication.

· Explain how that challenge or barrier interrupted the process of successful communication and how they can be overcome based on what you’ve learned in this course.


· Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper. For assistance on writing Introductions and Conclusions as well as Thesis Statements, please refer to the Ashford Writing Center & Library resources tab.

· Must use the textbook as a source.

· Must document any information from a source in APA style

· Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style.



Bevan, J. L., & Sole, K. (2014). Making connections: Understanding interpersonal communication (2nd ed.) [Electronic version]. Retrieved from

chapter 1

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