Final Self-Assessment

Overview

Now that you have completed your work for the “With Social and Global Implications” aspect of your Engineering Economics course, you will be asked to reflect on your course participation, intercultural, team, and interpersonal communication experiences, understandings, and expectations.

Each question is listed on its own page. Enter your answers in the spaces provided for you under each question. Some questions are multi-part, and question asks you to rate your engagement using checkboxes.

This is a reflection assignment, and there are no right or wrong answers. However, there are complete and incomplete answers, thoughtful and shallow answers, and answers given in good- or bad-faith[1]. Your responses will be assessed in terms of thoughtfulness, completeness, and whether they were given in good faith.

Full Credit Extra Credit

Students have the chance to earn 5 points of extra credit for earning full credit on this assignment. Because the grading parameters for this assignment are based on thoughtfulness, completeness, and good-faith engagement, you can basically earn extra credit for replying sincerely and not phoning it in.

The extra credit applies ONLY to the communication assignments in this class, so if you’ve missed points on communication assignments this semester, this is a good opportunity to make some of those up.

Completion and Submission

  • Download this document and include your answers in the text boxes provided for you.
  • Save the document as a PDF using the “Save As” option and:
    • Add your last name to the end of the file name
    • Save as a PDF file
  • Upload your PDF file to the Canvas assignment by Friday, April 23
    • You have 7-day grace period through Friday, April 30; however, the assignment will not be reopened after that time for any reason, as all grading for my part of all sections of all courses I am involved with must be completed the following week.
Question 1: Engagement Answer the questions below regarding your engagement in this course. The questions mostly focus on your engagement
Check the option that you believe most accurately describes your level of engagement: ☐ Highly engaged in all aspects of the course ☐ Moderately engaged in all aspects of the course ☐ I was not engaged in this course ☐ I was highly engaged in the technical aspect of this course, but I was not very engaged in the “with Social and Global Implications” portion ☐ I was highly engaged in the “with Social and Global Implications” portion but not as engaged in the technical aspectDid you complete all of the tasks related to the “with Social and Global Implications” portion of the course? ☐ Yes ☐ No    
If no, which tasks did you miss?  
Did you complete the assigned communication textbook chapter readings? ☐ Yes, I read both assigned chapters, “Culture and Interpersonal Communication” and “The Self, Perception, and Communication” ☐ I only read “Culture and Interpersonal Communication” ☐ I only read “The Self, Perception, and Communication” ☐ No, I did not read either chapter ☐ No, I did not read either chapter, but I did take one or both quizzes.Did you complete the extra credit quizzes? ☐ Yes, I completed both quizzes (“Culture and Interpersonal Communication,” & “Perception and Communication”) ☐ I only completed the first quiz, “Culture and Interpersonal Communication” ☐ I only completed the second quiz, “Perception and Interpersonal Communication” ☐ No, I did not complete either extra credit quiz
If you did not read both assigned chapters, please briefly describe why, and what I could have done to help you choose differently.  If you did not complete both quizzes, please briefly describe why, and what I could have done to help you choose differently.  
Question 2: Interpersonal Communication   Interpersonal communication is much more than simply talking to other people. Describe your understanding of interpersonal communication in your responses below. Be sure to include specific IPC practices, theories, and principles that you read about, wrote about, and discussed throughout the semester.  
  In the box below, describe your understanding of what “interpersonal communication” is (150-300 words).   
[include your response here]
For the questions below (Parts B & C), you may either answer each question separately (~100-150 words each) or both parts together in a single essay style response (~200-300 words). Specify which option you choose by titling your response in as “Parts B&C”; or “Part B” and “Part C.” Based on your perspective and experience, why is interpersonal communication important? (~100-150+ words) Based on your perspective and experience, and considering your thoughts from B above, what role do you think interpersonal communication will play in your professional life? Why?
[include your response here; Specify which option you choose by titling your response in as “Parts B&C”; or “Part B” and “Part C.”]
Question 3: Cultural Awareness and Intercultural Communication ~1-2 paragraphs   Strong professional relationships and cohesive, well-functioning teams require the individuals develop an ability and willingness to learn, consider, and even think from others’ perspectives. The ability to do this well requires several elements, including that you are familiar with and able to critically consider your own cultural rules and biases. How has your cultural awareness and intercultural competence improved, deepened, widened, or otherwise changed over the course of the semester? In your response, address the following:   How do you think your culture’s rules and biases, especially pertaining to communication, might affect communication between professionals and within teams?Are there any examples you can draw on from your team’s interactions this semester, such as differences in direct/indirect communication, differences in verbal/nonverbal communication, differences in perceptions (including co-cultures), etc.?How you perceived others in your group as team members at the start of the semester, and how your perceptions changed throughout the semester.You should offer a general overview, but you might choose to focus on a specific example, especially if you feel that your perception changed significantly.What factors led to the change?
  [include your response here]
Question 4: Professional Communicator ~1-2 paragraphs   In your professional life, you will be required to communicate with a variety of people in a variety of contexts, using a variety of platforms and channels. For some, the sweeping importance of communication is obvious; for example, most medical school students recognize communication as a core part of their professional identities and a critically important part of their field. But for others, the importance of communication may be less obvious; for example, most science, engineering, and computer science students do not realize that they will spend over 60% of their professional life communicating, and do not yet realize the critical importance of competent communication in their fields.   How do you conceptualize communication as part of your (future) professional identity? In your response, address the following:   What is your target professional career?What role do you think communication plays in that career?How do you personally identify as a communicator?How would you describe your identity as a communicator?How do you identify as a communicator in relation to the profession/career you aspire to (that which you are studying for)?  
  [include your response here]

[1] For our purposes here, “good faith” can be understood to mean that you answered with sincerity, honesty, integrity, care, and fairness.