School: University of Colorado at Boulder
Course: Group Interaction
Term: Fall 2019
Tags: communication, Comm, comm1600, groupinteraction, Group, interaction, and Communications
Name: COMM 1600 - Essay Exam, Midterm #1
Description: Part A: Compare/Contrast (24 points)
The exam will include 3 compare/contrast questions at 8 points each.
Short essay format for this type of question:
Define concept 1 (2 points)
Define concept 2 (2 points)
Describe how the concepts are similar (2 points)
Describe how the concepts are different from each other (2 points)
NOTE: think carefully about the similarities and differences--if you simply repeat the concept definitions again, you will not get credit for that part of the question.
The exam will include pairs comprised of the following concepts:
Week 1: interdependence, input, throughput, output, synergy, open system
Week 2: theoretical description, theoretical explanation, transmission model of communication, social constructionist view of communication, performance metaphor for communication
Week 3: structure, rules, resources
Week 4: task work, team work
Part B: Multi-Part Essay: Explain Concepts (18 points)
The exam might ask you more specific questions about the following themes discussed so far.
Format for this type of question (9 points):
Define or explain concept 1 (2 points)
Define or explain concept 2 (2 points)
Provide your answer to the question posed, drawing on the readings (3 points)
Use example(s) from assigned readings and/or media (e.g., short films) (2 points)
There will be 2 questions on the exam related to these themes from readings and lecture:
Week 1: How an “open systems” metaphor helps us explain group (rather than individual) behavior.
Week 2: How the “Making Social Worlds” and “Communication as Construction” readings illustrate the differences between how we view the world when adopting a transmission model for communication versus when we adopt a social construction model.
Week 2 & 3: What the foreground concerns in the transmission model for communication are, and given those concerns, what the theoretical explanation the model offers for the phenomenon of “communication.”
Week 3: How structuration theory might help explain how patterns of interaction persist or die out in a group context.
Week 4: Circumstances under which team charters work the best, and what communication design considerations should go into crafting a good team charter.
Part C: Matching Concepts with Definitions (8 points)
4 questions (2 points each) will ask you to match a concept from the first 4 weeks with its definition.
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