Whenever you are given the freedom to do so, select a topic that genuinely interests you and/or is relevant to your life. Do a quick inventory:
You'll want to consider the following issues before you select your topic:
For this assignment, Dr. Sahlman asks that you select a topic involving some aspect of interpersonal communication. During the semester you will study the following topics:
Using the correct words to search will help you find relevant information. Use your research questions to help you create a list of key words to use in your searches for information.
Because different authors and search tools use different words to describe the same concepts, it's useful to have a list of similar and related terms in your arsenal when you set out to search for relevant information. The process of creating these alternative terms is called brainstorming terms or concept mapping. The University of Illinois Undergraduate Library illustrates this process well in their brief video called, Developing Your Topic with a Concept Map.
Follow Dr. Sahlman's instructions for the remainder of the assignment. Need another copy of the assignment?