This article describes the creation of an interpersonal skill-mastery assessment for a basic course. In order to assess directly students' ability to perform skills, a search was begun to find a workable method to assess the performance of interpersonal skills in a required core course. After concluding that little research exists concerning basic course assessment, and that standardized assessment instruments may not be readily applicable to a basic course, faculty decided to create a new assessment instrument based on objective and subjective criteria. Faculty determined the skills to be tested, the manner in which students were to be assessed, and created the assessment forms. The new assessment enabled students to learn from their videotaped behavior, and it evaluated students' competence in terms of their actual performance of communication skills.
Lane, S. D. (1998). The development of a skill- mastery assessment for a basic speech course. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 27(2), 97–107.