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Ch 1: Overview of Interpersonal Communication

About This Chapter

Watch informative video lessons and learn about the significance of interpersonal communication. Take multiple-choice quizzes for self-assessment at the end of every lesson.

Overview of Interpersonal Communication - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Communication between individuals is one of the most fundamental acts of human beings. This chapter will teach you about many aspects of communication that people probably do not consider when engaging in this basic activity. The lessons will examine elements of communication like basic methods and effective processes. Take a short quiz following each lesson to measure how well you have learned the material and if you have any questions, you may contact an instructor. These lessons cover a range of topics, such as:

  • The process of communication
  • How context relates to communication
  • Ethics & communication
  • Competent communication
  • Symmetrical vs. complimentary communication

Video Objective
Interpersonal Communication: Definition, Characteristics & Types Get the basics on interpersonal communication.
The Communication Process Learn about the steps in the communication process.
Channels of Communication: Types, Definition & Quiz Examine specific channels of communication.
The Importance of Context in Communication Discover the role of context in communication.
Ethics in Interpersonal Communication Take a look at the role of ethics specific to interpersonal communication.
Competence in Interpersonal Communication Find out about competent communication.
Principles of Interpersonal Communication Identify and examine various principles that apply to interpersonal communication.
Comparing Symmetrical & Complimentary Interpersonal Communication Learn about two different types of interpersonal communication.

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Overview of Interpersonal Communication
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Interpersonal Communication: Definition, Characteristics & Types

1. Interpersonal Communication: Definition, Characteristics & Types

We communicate. A lot. So, it's important to understand some of the characteristics and types of our styles of communication. Explore interpersonal communication and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Communication Process

2. 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.

Channel of Communication: Types & Definition

3. Channel of Communication: Types & Definition

In this lesson, we'll discuss what communication channels are and why we use them. We'll also cover the different groups of communication channels and some examples of each group.

Comparing Symmetrical & Complementary Interpersonal Communication

4. Comparing Symmetrical & Complementary Interpersonal Communication

Communication is a very big part of our daily lives, and different styles of communication can have different impacts. Explore symmetrical and complementary interpersonal communication, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Importance of Context in Communication

5. The Importance of Context in Communication

We spend a lot of time communicating, so it's important to be aware of how different contexts can impact your communication. Explore the four main contexts of communication, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Competence in Interpersonal Communication

6. Competence in Interpersonal Communication

Throughout our lives, we interact with a lot of people. So it's pretty important to know what we're doing. Explore the idea of competence in interpersonal communication, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Principles of Interpersonal Communication

7. Principles of Interpersonal Communication

Communication is a key part of our social world. In this lesson, we'll talk about the major principles of interpersonal communication, including different kinds of meaning in communication and how context shapes this.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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