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Ms. Watts

Human Communication 1100

Group Assignment

 

Each person has been assigned to a group of their choice.  Each group’s task is to:

 

1.      develop a policy manual

2.      compose a question, on the topic (see pgs. 289-291 in your text)

3.      address the question through research

4.      assign/assume responsibility for the group function

5.      prepare the discussion

6.      present the discussion on the date assigned

 

Each group will have 30 minutes to present their discussion and entertain questions from the audience.

 

Each individual’s task is to:

 

a.       contribute to the group process

b.      develop the group policy manual

c.       attend all group meetings

d.      keep a log entry of each group meeting

e.       write a 3-4 typewritten  paper ( size 12 font, 1” margins) analyzing the group process. Do not put your paper in a folder or plastic jacket, but make sure your name, along with the time your class meets (MW 12:30-1:50), is in the upper right corner of each page. Your analysis essay should be concrete and specific.  Use group members names and specific dates where appropriate.

 

            Two weeks before submitting your paper make an appointment to sit down with some one in the Academic Support Center to help you edit your paper.  In addition to helping you edit your paper that person will sign-off on the 1st page of the draft that has been edited.  Your paper must address the items listed below. 

 

DATES FOR GROUP DISCUSSION PRESENTATIONS

WILL BE ASSIGNED IN CLASS.

 

THE FOLLWING QUESTIONS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS STARTING POINTS FOR THE CONTENT OF YOUR ESSAY. 

 

1.      Who was your task leader?  How did they get that position?     What type of leadership did you have? Discuss.

 

2.      Was there cohesiveness in your group?  Define and give examples or discuss factors that contributed to group cohesiveness or lack of it.

 

3.      How did members show their commitment to the group?

 

4.      What seating arrangement was used?  How did it influence communication flow?  How did the group change when members were absent?

 

5.      Rank each group member in terms of their participation in the group.  By what criteria are you ranking participation (by attendance, research, organization)?

 

6.      Did members fulfill their responsibilities—discuss?  Develop a scale 10 high 1 low and assign a number to each group member.

 

7.      Did people in your group communicate effectively? Rank each group member based on the criteria identified on pages 294-295 (How Should You Communicate In Small Groups).

 

8.      What could you have done to make your group function better?

 

9.      Discuss self-centered functions of group members.

 

10.  Identify individuals in your group who assumed task and maintenance functions.

             

11. Discuss group climate as it relates to your group experience?

 

12. How was conflict managed in your group?

 

13. Discuss the leadership in your group as it relates to the communicative competencies

      approach.  (see pgs. 275-276 in your text)

 

14. Use information gleaned from your scholarly article to help analyze your group process.

 

REMEMBER THE ABOVE QUESTIONS ARE TO GET YOU STARTED.

THERE ARE PROBABLY OTHER THINGS ABOUT THE GROUP THAT YOU WILL DISCUSS.

 

 

Page 1 draft with a signature,from a staff person in the Academic Support Center, should be submitted with your completed paper.  Your group assignment analysis paper is due at the class meeting following the day your group makes its presentation.

 


GROUP WORK SCHEDULED

 

            Feb.28-Mar.5              Group assignments made by topic/begin log notes

                                                Develop discussion question/begin research

 

            March 14-18               Research your topic

 

            Mar.21-25                   Develop policy manual/continue log notes

                                                Meetings to share resources

                                                Set up appointment ASC

 

           March 30-Apr.1            Lib. Lab for Scholarly Research(abstract)

 

           Apr.11                      Abstract and bibliographic sources due (e-mail                   

                                                 Assignment)

 

           April 8-13                     Plan and rehearse your presentation

                                               

           April 8-14                     Take paper draft to ASC

 

          April 13-20                    Group presentations in class.

 

           

 

            April 13-20                  All analysis papers are due according to this schedule

                                                Report done 4/7-13 paper due 4/18

                                                Report done 4/18  paper due 4/20

                                                Report done 4/20 paper due 4/25

                                                Report done 4/15 paper due 4/22

                                                One point per day  will be deduced for late papers.

                                                Late papers will not be accepted after the third day.

 

            ACADEMIC SUPPORT CENTER (ASC) APPOINTMENT PROCEDURES

 

·        All AMC students are welcome to schedule individual appointments to discuss writing projects of all kinds.  (Typical projects include academic essays, job and scholarship application essays, research papers, resumes, letters to the editor, creative pieces, business letters, Regents’ Exam preparation, and so on.)

 

·        If your professor requires you to visit the Lab to discuss a particular paper or project, you must schedule an appointment.  Any member of the staff will be glad to arrange a time for your visit.  Go to 3rd floor of the Library to schedule an appointment.

 

·        When you come to the ASC to work on a writing project, please remember to bring all relevant materials with you, including drafts and/or notes, assignment description, course syllabus, research materials, and any sample papers or examples your instructor may have given you.  (Sample papers are on file.)

 

·        Papers longer than three handwritten pages must be typed, and spell checked.

 

 

 

 

·        Proofreading papers for students is not a function of the ASC.  The Writing Specialists are not here to “correct it” or “fix it”.  Their job is to help you exercise the skills you need in order to revise, edit, and proofread with confidence.  The Specialists will read and respond to your papers, offering both oral and written suggestions for improvement.  They will not, however, perform the disservice of proofreading for you.  The Specialist will read the first page of your paper and make specific comments regarding style, content and grammar.

 

·        If you find that you must cancel an appointment, kindly call and notify the staff as soon as possible, so that another writer can have that appointment time.  Thanks.

 

·        For the communication assignment visit the lab with another student – 2 people per appointment.