Thursday, November 20, 2014

Human communication- Chapter 7 & 8: Interpersonal communication

Interpersonal communication in this context can be divided into two part:
  1. Conversation
  2. Relationship
 But basically, interpersonal communication can be defined simply as a communication between sender and receiver (more than 1 person is involved).


There is a process for a conversation to occur:
  1. Opening
  2. Feedforwarding
  3. Business
  4. Feedback
  5. Closing
There is also principles of conversation:
  1. Turn-taking
  2. Dialogue
  3. Immediacy
Everyday conversation also includes:
  1.  Small talk
  2. Excuses and apologies
  3. Complimenting
  4. Advising

In conclusion, interpersonal communication is laid upon the foundation of conversation and also relationship among the people. Interpersonal communication is also crucial to our lives since we are social being.

Human communication- Chapter 6: Non-verbal communication

Non-verbal communication are any messages that are sent to other people without using spoken words. Examples are body gestures, paralanguage, facial expression and so on.

Non-verbal communication functions as a way to
  1. Integrate nonverbal and verbal messages
  2. Forming and managing impressions
  3. Defining relationships
  4. Structuring conversation
  5. Influencing and deceiving
  6. Expressing emotions.
There are 10 ways in which nonverbal messages can be channeled. They include:

  1.  Smell
  2. Facial
  3. Silence
  4. Eye
  5. Chronemics
  6. paralanguage
  7. Touch
  8. Artifactual communication
  9. Spatial message
  10.  Body message
For cultural aspect of nonverbal communication, we can see that different cultures have different meaning that a specific nonverbal message portrayal is being conveyed.  For example, thumbs up brings an "okay" meaning for most but for certain cultures, it is considered very rude. So in conclusion, nonverbal message plays a significant role in communication but one has to be sensitive to cultural factor because the meaning of a certain nonverbal message might differ to another culture.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Human Communication- Chapter 4: The Self

For chapter 4, we learn about the self. What is the self?

The self can be defined as the way in which communication and interpretation of messages takes place within an individual. In my understanding, it is a form of intrapersonal communication because it takes place within an individual.

There are 4 important subtopics within this chapter. They are:

  1. Self concept- It is about how you think and feel about yourself
  2. Self awareness- About discovering personal development and understanding
  3. Self esteem- Confidence or trust of yourself
  4. Self disclosure- Telling others about your personal details
I've been reminded by the lecturer that self concept and self awareness are always been confused by students. These two are different because self concept is about how you think and feel about yourself whereas self awareness is about discovering your potential. Besides, there's also Johari's Window under the self awareness subtopic that we must emphasize:

Johari's Window

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Human communication- Chapter 3: Listening

For this chapter, we learnt about listening. There are many definition for listening but generally it can be defined as a specialized process where you receive auditory signals.

There are five stages of listening. They are:
  1. Receiving
  2. Understanding
  3. Remembering
  4. Evaluating
  5. Responding
Listening is often difficult because of cultural barrier. Why is this so? Because there exist differences in the communication systems between speaker and listener. Therefore, speaker and listener from different culture might face difficulties in listening.

Even though there are difficulties for listening to occur, there are ways to overcome it in order to achieve effective listening. They are:
  1. Participatory and passive listening
  2. Emphatic and objective listening
  3. Nonjudgemental and critical thinking
  4. Surface and depth listening
From this chapter, I learnt that listening is totally different from hearing. This is because listening requires you to understand the message given by the speaker besides giving response to him or her.

Human communication- Chapter 2: Perception

Today we learnt about perception in human communication class. Okay, what's perception? It can be defined as the impression that others give you and what you project to others.

Process of perception are:
  1. Sensory stimulation occurs
  2. Sensory stimulation is organized
  3. Sensory stimulation is evaluated/interpreted
There are four processes that influence perception. They are:
  1. Implicit personality theory. (One direction)
  2. Self-fulfilling prophecy
  3. Primary recency
  4. Consistency (Two direction)
  5. Attribution
From this chapter, I've learnt that perception is something that don't happen just like that because it must go through a process before it is interpreted. Also, perception can be influenced by the four things as mentioned.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Human communication- Introduction

Yo sup. I'm posting about what am I learning from this subject called human communication in UCSI University. The lecturer told us to blog about his lesson every week so if you aren't interested please run away. Hehh. Okay, what have I learnt in the first class of human communication? Basically it's almost like the repetition of oral communication class. ALMOST. Since human communication involves a deeper topics of communication.

First of all, human communication can be defined as the act of sending and receiving messages by one or more person either through verbal or non-verbal way. Components of human communication includes source, receiver, channel, noise and effects. Generally, these are the important parts of the introduction.

We can also conclude that the purpose of human communication is to help people, to discover potential ability of oneself,  to relate, to persuade and to play.

Life in UCSI University

Yo sup! Berabad lamanya aku tak update blog aku. Okay, why am I posting this entry? It's because I'm assigned by my lecturer to blog about the lesson that he taught us. But before I post those school stuffs, I wanna tell you about the life in UCSI sebab rasa macam terlalu tiba-tiba je kalau aku tak post apa and then terus post pasal school assignments.

  1. Environment- It's a good place to study, compared to Damansara since there are not that much of entertainments except for a few small malls. But it can be quite noisy at the South Wing where there will be many events taking place throughout the year. 
  2. Facility- There are gym, library, swimming pool, multipurpose hall where you can play badminton or basketball there, pool table, computer lab, discussion rooms and ballroom. Have I said that the library is 5 floor high? So the facilities is quite complete for me
  3. Lecturers- There are good and not so good lecturers. But I can say that all lecturers are okay. You don't expect them to spoon-feed you though. It's already tertiary education!
To be honest, the management sucks. Unorganized time table, clashing classes during early weeks of semester and more. The speed of the wi-fi can also be annoyingly slow. But at least only these are the bad things that I could think of. If you plan to enroll here, you're very welcomed as there are many friendly students around here.
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