Nonverbal Communication

Assignment Requirements

This assignment has three parts. Read these directions prior to starting the assignment.

1 . The first step in this assignment is to learn about examples of nonverbal communication. There is no formal paper to turn in for this part of the homework, but you should be prepared explain and provide examples of nonverbal communication during a quiz next class. The link below is a short video explaining nonverbal communication and the transcript to this video is also available in D2L for you to review.




2 . The second step in this assignment is to develop and conduct a short survey to help collect data for your water footprint project. You will be interviewing 4 different people, and your goal should be to interview 2 people from one demographic and 2 people from a different demographic (male versus female, on-campus versus off-campus, freshman versus seniors, etc.). Two common forms of survey questions are Closed-Ended and Open-Ended. Closed-Ended Questions are good for generating quantitative data (data with numbers), where you would have a list of possible choices for the person being interviewed. For example, ‘How many times a week do you do use a dishwasher? 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.’ If your goal is to learn more about the specific indirect water usages at home by an individual this would be a great way to generate data. For this assignment, you will be developing Open-Ended Questions. Open-Ended Questions allow for individuals to ‘openly’ answer a question without being limited to categories. The information generated is often considered to be qualitative data, and will require your interpretation. For example, ‘How many times a week do you use the dishwater?’ Notice the same question was asked, but the difference is that you did not limit the responses to a defined set of possible answers. Your goal is to develop 5 Open-Ended Questions, which will help you collect information for your water footprint calculator. Another way to think about this is to conduct a short interview where the person you are interviewing is the one helping with the brainstorming process. Just as you brainstormed the typical meals a college student will eat throughout the day, use this assignment to gather information about the other main categories of water use (Home, Diet, Energy, etc.).


3 . The final step of this assignment is to write down the 5 Open-Ended Questions, describe the two demographics interviewed, and also write a short 500 to 800-word reflection essay of the experience. These should be submitted on the same piece of paper, and you may hand-write or type your work. But, it must be your own and in your own words. When conducting your interviews, practice using forms of nonverbal communication. Your reflection essay should include the following:


reflects on the interview process and your role as the interviewer. What did you take into consideration about the nonverbal aspects of the interview? What worked, what didn’t, and how would/did you change it?


describes an instance where you used an interview strategy (verbal or nonverbal) to conduct or continue the interview. Remember that this is intended to be a learning process for you, as well as generate information from the persons being interviewed.


Discusses any differences when interviewing different demographics. Describes how you might modify your personal nonverbal communication skills if you were to conduct another series of interviews to a different demographic or target audience. Imagine asking the same questions to grandparents! Are the same nonverbal techniques useful for every audience? Are there nonverbal techniques that would be more appropriate?


  • A grading rubric, which will be used to evaluate your questions and explanatory essay, is provided on the second page of this file. Review this rubric before submitting your final work.


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