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This is a short project, it is only one part of the group.
For the group project, you will be assigned to be part of a group of students. To be assigned to a group, you must have turned in PS A, or you need to email as soon as possible to let me know that you are actively participating in the class and would like to be part of a group.
The Group Project consists of 3 separate assignments:
Each group member needs to find at least two online articles about your subject.
As a group, decide how you will summarize your articles and combine them into a single research paper (in a word processing document such as Word).
The finished paper should have between 500 and 1,000 words for each active* member of the group, with a minimum of 1,500 words overall. For example, a group of three would turn in a Group Project that was 1,500 to 3,000 words long.
Note: If you are assigned a group member that "never shows up," the group will NOT be responsible for the content that that member would have produced. However, the 1,500-word minimum still applies. For example, in the rare case that only one group member is active, she or he needs to turn in a 1,500-word paper. If a group of 5 is really a group of 4, because one member never participates, then the group needs to turn in a paper from 2,000 to 4,000 words long.
However, that does not mean that each person writes a page, and then you stick them all together and you're done.
You may decide that one person does less original writing and research, but is a master editor that unifies everything at the end.
In terms of sharing and storing documents, it is recommended that you use the Group Wiki feature. Create a "Documents" page and attach documents using the "paper clip" icon.
Pictures or other graphics are not required, but to the extent that they help tell your story, you may use them.
Since this is to be a Word (or similar) document, you should paste the pictures into the document in the appropriate place. Use the course textbook as a guide in terms of placement and labeling (e.g. it should have a Figure #, and potentially a title and/or explanatory text), and refer to the figure number in your text.
Please be careful of size issues. That is, don't try to embed a 5 MB photo (or even worse, 5 photos that are 5 MB each) into your document. Use appropriate software to minimize the size of the picture (using jpg compression, etc.) before inserting it.
Everyone in your group has access to this assignment, but the paper only needs to be submitted by one person for it to count for everyone. As a group, decide on one person to submit the finished paper to the Assignment area by the due date.
Submit the document as an attachment in .doc or .docx format. If you use LibreOffice, OpenOffice, etc., please save the document as .doc or .docx before submitting it.
Note that the score given for this assignment will apply to all group members UNLESS it is determined from GP 3 that a given group member contributed considerably less than the others (or nothing at all), in which case the score will be modified for that individual. The GP 3 assessments are considered carefully, and there must be a majority consensus about sub-par participation in order for any modification to be made.
Individually, on the GP 3 Assignment in the Assignment section of the class website, submit an evaluation of your fellow group members (include first and last names, please), as described below.
Because online students can be less accessible than students in "live" classes, it is possible that one or more team members will not participate fully in the group, or perhaps not at all. (Some may even drop the class during the course of the assignment.)
Each team member needs to rate the participation of other team members. Please rate them on a score of 1 to 5 as follows:
Don't over-analyze it: If you're happy with the way things went with everyone, then give everyone a 5. Also, it is to be expected that a natural leader will emerge, and that person may well do more than the rest of the group in terms of motivation and organization. Everyone can still get a 5 in that situation.
However, if another student clearly only fulfills part of her or his fair share, or does nothing at all, you have a way to indicate it. If you rate someone less than 5, please briefly tell me why.
Note that if a group member "never shows up," the remaining members of the group are still responsible for a paper as described above. That member would receive a rating of 1.
I expect full participation to be the norm. If there are discrepancies (person X is rated as "full" by person Y but "no participation" by person Z), then I will try to resolve them.
GP 1: 4 points
GP 2: 25 points, detailed below
GP 3: 4 points
GP 2 Grading Standard:
GP 2 grading will take into consideration the following factors:
Individual adjustments, based on group ratings, will be made as needed.
|Due By (Pacific Time)||10/03/2015 12:00 am|
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