Ch 1: Human Communication Processes

About This Chapter

Let us help you better understand important aspects of human communications processes. You can use our helpful video and text lessons to learn about important concepts such as rhetoric and more!

Human Communication Processes - Chapter Summary

Go through each of these lessons to watch videos and read texts on major dimensions of human communications processes. You'll pick up helpful pointers about the different types of communications, examples, and detailed explanations of how we influence each other via verbal and nonverbal messages. Our instructors are expert in their areas and they will convey what you need to know clearly and informatively. As you review the chapter, you'll find lessons on:

  • Definition and devices of rhetoric
  • Rhetorical criticism
  • Contemporary rhetoric
  • Definition and importance of communication
  • Rhetorical shifts
  • The rhetorical triangle
  • How rhetoric affects audiences

Mark specific points you want to remember in each video by using the lesson's video tabs. You can also find the information about a topic in the accompanying video transcript. Once you're comfortable with your understanding of these topics, use the practice quiz questions to assess your retention.

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: Human Communication Processes
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What is Rhetoric? - Definition, Devices & Examples

1. What is Rhetoric? - Definition, Devices & Examples

If you don't read this lesson, you'll never understand what rhetoric means! That may or may not be true; it's probably just hyperbole. Read about the different definitions of rhetoric and some of its most popular means of persuasion.

Identifying & Understanding Classical Rhetoric

2. Identifying & Understanding Classical Rhetoric

The field of rhetoric, or the study of argument and persuasion, dates back to Ancient Greece. The three most important scholars of what we now call classical rhetoric - Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle - introduced concepts of rhetoric that are still used today.

What is Rhetorical Criticism? - Definition & Methods

3. What is Rhetorical Criticism? - Definition & Methods

How do people use words to persuade an audience? In this lesson, you will learn to analyze the art of persuasion, or rhetoric by exploring the definition and methods of rhetorical criticism.

Identifying Contemporary Rhetoric

4. Identifying Contemporary Rhetoric

This lesson will familiarize you with the concept of rhetoric and identify its application in the language of President Bush's 'Homeland Security' speech of 2002.

What is Communication? - Definition & Importance

5. What is Communication? - Definition & Importance

Any task or transaction that requires more than one person can only be successfully completed with communication. In this lesson, you'll learn what communication is, types of communication and the importance of communication.

The Communication Process

6. The Communication Process

This lesson describes the process of communication. Terms such as sender, receiver, channel, encoding, decoding, noise, and feedback will be defined and explained with examples.

Rhetorical Shift: Definition & Examples

7. Rhetorical Shift: Definition & Examples

Just like shifting sands in a desert, a rhetorical shift can be hard to detect. In this lesson, you'll uncover just how these stylistic variations work and even get to pick out some examples from a very famous speech.

Rhetorical Triangle: Definition & Example

8. Rhetorical Triangle: Definition & Example

In this lesson, we will explore the persuasive appeals of the rhetorical triangle, including logos, pathos, and ethos. Learn how these three parts of communication work together in an argument.

Rhetorical Device: Definition & Examples

9. Rhetorical Device: Definition & Examples

Rhetorical devices are used in language to communicate effectively and persuade. Here you'll discover more about rhetorical devices and learn how to put some of them to use in some persuasion of your own.

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