Assignments Overview

Course(s) Used:

  • Interpersonal Communication

Goals and Objectives:

  • Students are familiar with the Fishbowl Discussion assignment.
  • Students are familiar with the Literature Review assignment

Rationale: This lesson ensures that students are familiar with the two major assignments in the course.

Formative Assessment:

  • Download the activity document from the Learning Management System
  • Answer the questions in the document about these two assignments
  • Upload the document to the Activity Dropbox for this week

Materials Needed


  • Handout of the Fishbowl Discussion assignment and grading rubric.
  • Handout of the Literature Review assignment and grading rubric.


  • Access to a classroom computer and digital display will be useful.

Outline of the Lesson

  1. Review of previous session’s content
  2. Overview of Fishbowl Discussion assignment
    1. Purpose of this assignment:
      1. Familiarization with reading scientific research
      2. Supports Literature Review assignment
    2. Components
      1. One page article summaries
      2. Discussion portion of assignment
      3. Class questions
  3. Overview of Literature Review assignment
    1. Purpose of this assignment:
      1. A foundational paper for majors, who will conduct a replication study as their final project
      2. Expose students to the process of scientific research
    2. Components
      1. Paper portion of assignment
      2. Presentation portion of assignment
      3. Class questions
  4. How to use these two assignments together
  5. Hands on group work
    1. Example Fishbowl Discussion in class
  6. Lesson closing


This lesson requires student participation and buy-in. Finding a topic for the practice discussion on the same day is a challenge.

Variations and Accommodations

Follow guidance from local accommodation authorities.