Assignment 3: Goals Identification And Reality Assessment
During this course, you will walk through the Model for Improving Interpersonal Skills (found in your textbook readings for this module). In Modules 1, 3, and 5 you will work on developing your own Interpersonal Improvement Plan Model for Improving Interpersonal Skills (found in your textbook readings for this module). InModules 1, 3, and 5 you will work on developing your own Interpersonal Improvement Plan to encompass the personal, academic, and professionalareas of your life.
Your first steps are to identify a goal and then assess whether the goal is realistic.
- What aspects of your own interpersonal communication skills would you like to improve?
- As an online student, what areas would you like to improve to help you be more successful academically?
- In your career, what areas of your interpersonal communication could you improve?
Since these are merely examples of areas of possible improvement, you would need to tweak these to make them SMART goals and to be more specific to your life situation and circumstances.
Examples of areas of possible improvement:
- Have a better attitude at work or about your online classes.
- Improve listening skills with loved ones.
- Use more appropriate nonverbal communication so people don’t misread you.
- Seek to understand the people you are talking to so that you don’t misunderstand/misread them.
You would need to tweak these goals to be more specific to your life situation and circumstances, but each one certainly is measurable and, if met, will lead you toward improved relationships in your professional, academic, and personal lives.
Setting goals is a great thing to do, but to successfully attain those goals, you have to make sure they are realistically within our grasp. For example, a person might set a goal to be elected as the city’s mayor in the next election. That may be an attainable goal for someone who is involved in politics and has already made connections and built networks, but for someone with no experience, it would be an unrealistic goal.
Setting goals often requires people to stretch themselves beyond their comfort level and put their interpersonal effectiveness skills to work in unfamiliar surroundings.
This module, you will identify three goals (one personal, one professional, and one academic) and assess the reality of the goals that you have set. You can use as a template for the assignment. Your goal statements should be concise and stated as a positive (you will do something rather than you will not do something). They should also be SMART:
As you review your goals, explain your answers to the following questions:
- How far am I from attaining this goal?
- Is the goal set too high? Is it set too low? (If you replied yes to either of those questions, consider how you could rewrite your goal so that it is not set too high or low.)
- How long will it take me to attain this goal?
- If the goal will take a long time to attain, could I set smaller goals that I could attain while still working toward my bigger goal?
- How will I benefit from successfully attaining my goal?
If you change your goal, please explain what you changed and why.
Save your paper as LastnameFirstinitial_M1_A3 and use the M1: Assignment 3 Dropbox to submit your answers by Tuesday, May 12, 2015.
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Assignment 3 Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Developed a concise, positive, and SMART personal goal statement.
Explained answers to the five goal-related questions as they pertain to the personal goal.
Developed a concise, positive, and SMART academic goal statement.
Explained answers to the five goal-related questions as they pertain to the academic goal.
Developed a concise, positive, and SMART professional goal statement.
Explained answers to the five goal-related questions as they pertain to the professional goal.
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner, demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, and used accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS
Discussion Questions (DQ)
- Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
- Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
- One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
- I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
- Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
- In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
- Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
- Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
- Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
- Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
- I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
- I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
- As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
- It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
- For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
- Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
- Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
- Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
- The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
- Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
- If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
- I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
- As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.
- Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
- Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
- Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.
Assignment 3: Goals Identification And Reality Assessment