Assessment 2: Video Recording and Written Assessment
Length: 2000 words
You are required to record a face to face dyadic interpersonal communication between yourself and
another person. This must not be scripted nor be a mock counselling Week but rather a natural
conversation/chat of 5-10 minutes maximum. Record the role-play on DVD for use in your
presentation and include this with your Assessment.
Following from this, you will be required to
present a written self-critique where you reflect critically upon your own strengths and limitations
during this conversation.
Your self-critique should address the following points:
Identify and reflect upon your strengths demonstrated in the role-play. Use verbatim quotes to
support your critique. Using relevant literature, define all of your concepts and support why you
feel the skills were used effectively.
Identify and reflect upon your limitations in the role-play and how you could have improved
communication. Use verbatim quotes to support your critique. Using relevant literature, define
all of your concepts and support why you feel the skills were used ineffectively and how you may
improve your communication.
Follow APA academic writing guidelines/structures – ensure the Assessment has an introduction,
main body of information and a conclusion.
Please note that you will be graded on your ability to self-critique and not on the quality of the
skills that you use in the recording per se. In other words, your written Assessment will reflect
your critical insight into your overall use of interpersonal communication skills.
General requirements for assessments
Make absolutely sure you are certain of what is required of and you have a good
understanding of the topic being addressed.
Have a clear, logical and well-argued presentation of ideas.
Write in a simple, clear and concise manner.
Punctuate appropriately and check spelling.
Engage academically and analytically with the themes and concepts of the essay in a coherent
and original manner (be sure to self-evaluate if required).
Use theory and terminology appropriately.
Follow academic writing guidelines/structures – ensure you have an introduction, main body
of information and a conclusion.
Avoid plagiarism by referencing accurately, diligently and consistently. If it is someone else’s
work it should be acknowledged.
Include a Reference List.
Line spacing should be 1.5.
Please include these two readings/references the other two can be your choice.
DeVito, J. A. (2015). The interpersonal communication book (14th ed.). USA: Pearson Education
Egan, G. (1976). The skill of self-disclosure. Interpersonal living: A Skills/Contract Approach to
Human-Relations Training in Groups. California, USA: Brooks/Cole Publishing.
Language in an APA paper should be:
Clear: be specific in descriptions and explanations
Concise: condense information when you can
Plain: use simple, descriptive adjectives and minimize
figurative language • The contents of your paper must be typed using Times New Roman with a font size of 12 and should
always be 1.5 line spacing/double-spaced.
• In every page, the title of your paper must be included in the left part of the header and the page
number in Arabic numeral on the right. If your title has more than 50 characters, make a shorter
version of it and use that shorter title for your header.
• Use page numbers in the upper right-hand corners
• Do not justify the right hand margin
Margins & Fonts
• Use one inch margin on all sides of every page, and Times New Roman with 12-point font size.
General Rules Continued…
• All parts of the paper should be 1.5 line spacing/double spaced. Leave one space after a comma, colon, or semicolon.
• Do not “leave lines” between paragraphs
Alignment & Indention
• Align the text to the left and indent the first line of every paragraph.
• The running head or the short version of the title appears on the first line of every page, flushed left and written in
• The title page, table of contents, introduction, body, references, and appendices begin on a new page.
• The heading for each part (e.g. Table of contents, Introduction, Conclusion, References or Appendix) is
aligned at the center in the first line below the running head.
• Just remember that all headings must be in bold and the first letter of each word should be capitalized.
• The paper starts with the title page followed by the table of contents, introduction, body of the paper,
conclusion, references, and appendices (appendices are not always required in a document).
• The introduction appears alone on a page – the next paragraph will be on a new page
• The reference list starts on a new page
• Each appendix starts on a new page