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TWRTBUSEWRT 62 GroupProject Plan

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TWRTBUSEWRT 62 GroupProject Plan

    TWRT/BUS/EWRT 62 Group/Project Plan

    As a TWRT/BUS/EWRT 62 student, you have been assigned to a group of three to four total members. Throughout the quarter, you work together to complete peer reviews and create the empirical research report and PowerPoint presentation. Together you need to develop positive group relations that include policies about how you work together and communicate with each other. When the time comes to write the empirical research report, you create a plan for dividing the workload and completing the necessary research and intermediate tasks.

    This plan is divided into two parts with the following subsections:

    Project Plan for the Group Policies and Resource Management Empirical Research Report

    ; Contact Information ; Research Questions

    ; Individual Strengths ; Resources

    ; Roles and Responsibilities ; Timeline

    ; Group Policies for Communication and Meetings

    ; Group Policies for Issues, Conflicts, and Consequences

    At the end of this document, each group member must sign the contract to show your understanding and agreement of the group/project plan.

    Part 1: Group Policies and Resource Management

    One key to working effectively in groups is resource management. By talking about your strengths and coming up with some group policies, you use each other’s strengths more efficiently and work together

    as a cohesive group. When you work together efficiently, you pool your resources to sharpen each other’s writing through peer reviews and you create a quality empirical research report toward the end

    of the quarter. (See Working in Groups and Group Work and Collaborative Writing in the reader.)

    Contact Information

    Before you can build an effective group dynamic, you need to exchange contact information. In Table 1, identify your email address, two phone numbers, and your preferred method of contact. Name Email Address Phone Number 1 Phone Number 2 Preference

Table 1 Group Contact Information

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Individual Strengths

    This section helps you assess your individual strengths so you can work together efficiently. Use Table

    2 to thoughtfully describe each individual’s strengths.

    Strengths

    Name Writing/Editing Style/Formatting Technology Other

Table 2 Individual Strengths

    Roles and Responsibilities

    This section determines the roles and responsibilities that group members undertake. Some suggestions

    for roles are: facilitator, administrative recorder, and researcher/writer. You may alter or add roles

    according to individual group members’ strengths or the nature of individual assignments. Based on the

    previously defined individual strengths and preferences, define roles within your group in Table 3.

    Group Member Role Responsibilities

     ; Observes the group to get a sense of how everyone is working

    together

    ; Monitors the groups’ progress and initiates communication with

    Facilitator group members

    ; Sets agendas for meetings in order to accomplish tasks

    ; Completes other assigned tasks as a researcher/writer in addition

    to responsibilities as a facilitator

     ; Records group meetings, discussions, and decisions

    ; Maintains the project timeline and sends out updated versions

    Administrative ; Emails summaries to group members after meetings and Recorder discussions

    ; Completes other assigned tasks as a researcher/writer in addition

    to responsibilities as administrative recorder

     ; Contributes to major and minor assignments Researcher / ; Supports other group members in their tasks Writer

    ; Attends meetings and participates in frequent communication

     ; Contributes to major and minor assignments Researcher / ; Supports other group members in their tasks Writer

    ; Attends meetings and participates in frequent communication

     ;

     ;

    ;

    Table 3 Roles and Responsibilities

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Group Policies for Communication and Meetings

    In this section, decide how you communicate with each other face-to-face as well as virtually. Keep in mind that you meet in person to discuss issues, determine how to complete assignments, and to collaborate, but you complete much of the actual work remotely. In Table 4 define each of the following:

    ; Communication Medium. Use the examples of communication mediums to discuss different

    ways you can get in touch with each other. Remember in-person meetings may not always be

    necessary or even effective, so come up with additional methods for communicating beyond

    face-to-face communication.

    ; Response Times. In the column for response times, include a reasonable, timely period for

    responding to each communication medium. For example, you may determine that group

    members must respond to emails with 24 hours or that peer reviews need to be returned to the

    writer within 36 hours.

    ; Purpose. In the column for purpose, think about when you would use a particular method for

    communication. For example, you may decide to use email for simple questions and Instant

    Messenger for online group work sessions when you do not meet in person.

    Response Communication Medium Purpose Time

    Phone Calls/Conference Calls

    Email

    Fax

     Instant Messenger, Skype, and other

    online communication tools

    In-person Meetings

    In-Person Peer Reviews

    Remote Peer Reviews

    Face-to-Face Collaboration Sessions

Table 4 Communication Mediums

    Group Polices for Issues, Conflicts and Consequences

    This section helps the group decide how to handle issues and conflicts. Some suggestions are entered in Table 5, but come up with some of your own, too. Ask yourselves these questions as you discuss your group policies and consequences:

    ; What constitutes an issue or conflict?

    ; How are we going to handle issues and conflicts?

    ; What are the consequences for missing peer reviews, meetings, assignments, etc.?

    ; At what point do we escalate issues to Professor Reber?

    ; How do we continue completing the project if a member is not contributing or leaves the

    group entirely?

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    Discuss your answers to these questions and complete Table 5. Fill in any other issues or conflicts not listed.

    Issue/Conflict Consequence When to Escalate the Issue

    Missed Peer

    Review

    Missed Meeting

    Missed Assignment

    Unresponsive

    Group Member

    Fighting Group

    Members

    Conflicting Ideas

    or Points of View

Table 5 Group Policies for Issues, Conflicts, and Consequences

    Part 2: Project Plan for the Empirical Research Report

    In the last half of the quarter, you write a group empirical research report in which you survey existing findings on a topic and draw conclusions (10-15 pages). You also create a PowerPoint presentation that presents existing findings based on your research, but does not draw conclusions. Each group member participates in delivering this presentation (20-30 minutes total). Using everything you learned about each other in Group Policies and Resource Management, work together intelligently and efficiently on the empirical research report.

    As you begin researching topics, record your primary and secondary research questions, make a list of resources you can use for research, and create a timeline for completing the deliverables. (See Prewriting Analysis Worksheet and Schedule Planning Worksheet in the reader.) As you write the report

    and presentation, make sure your writing sounds like one voice.

    Research Questions

    This section breaks the topic down into questions that guide you in your research. (See How to Pick a

    Report Topic: Guidelines and Exercise and Empirical Research Report Student Samples in the reader.)

    Record your research questions in Table 6.

    Primary Research Question:

     Secondary Research

    Question #1:

     Secondary Research

    Question #2:

     Secondary Research

    Question #3:

    Table 6 Research Questions/Topic Breakdown

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Resources

    List the resources you plan to use to gather information about your research topic. (See Library

    Resources in the reader.) Make a list of resources below and include databases, libraries, and scholarly journals you are able to access.

    __________________________________________________________ 1.

    __________________________________________________________ 2.

    __________________________________________________________ 3.

    __________________________________________________________ 4.

    __________________________________________________________ 5.

    __________________________________________________________ 6.

    __________________________________________________________ 7.

    Individual Members’ Area of Research or Expertise

    After your research topic and supporting questions have received approval and you have identified available resources for your use, divide areas of research among group members. Each of you should specialize in a portion or subtopic of your research topic. Use Table 7 to delineate individual members’ area of research or expertise.

    Area of Research or Expertise Group Member

Table 7 Individual Members’ of Area of Research or Expertise

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    Timeline

    This section provides a timeline for the group to set due dates for assignments. Start with the major assignments and due dates outlined in the syllabus. Next, break down major assignments into smaller intermediate tasks and set due dates for them. Add as many rows within each week as you need. Remember to include time and deadlines for internal edits prior to the final submission of your PowerPoint presentation and empirical research report.

    Be sure to revise the timeline together each time a deadline shifts and have the administrative recorder send out the revised timeline to the group. Please review your group’s policies for dealing with missed

    deadlines and reaffirm your commitment to reach the target date deadlines.

    Use Table 7 to schedule due dates and deliverables.

    Target Completion Week Deliverable Description Name Date Date

     1

     2

     3

     4

     5

     6

     7

     8

     9

     10

     11

     12

    Table 7 Project Timeline

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    Contract

    Now that you have solidified your group policies and resource management and have developed a project plan for the empirical research report, ensure agreement among you by reading and signing the contract contained in this document.

    As a group member in TWRT/BUS/EWRT 62 for __________ (quarter) ______ (year), I promise to fulfill all of my duties, meet deadlines, and interact peaceably with other group members. I understand chronic failure to complete the above assignments by their deadlines, disrespect of my peers or instructor, or failure to comply with group policies may result in disciplinary action including but not limited to: automatic failure for the quarter, loss of points, required attendance at instructor mandated meetings, completing the entire project on my own with no allowances made for reduced scope or resources, and disciplinary action on the part of De Anza College.

    I have read, understood, and agreed to the TWRT/BUS/EWRT 62 Group Plan.

    ________________________________________________________ ______________________

    Signature Date

    ________________________________________________________ ______________________

    Signature Date

    ________________________________________________________ ______________________

    Signature Date

    ________________________________________________________ ______________________

    Signature Date

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