Homework assignments and term projects will be performed in groups or teams. There are two primary objectives of working in teams:
Teamwork gives you practice and experience in working with others, since this is the most common mode of operation in the "real world."
Teamwork gives you a chance to learn from each other, to expand your perspectives, and to pool your knowledge to maximize the quality of your work.
The greater the interaction among your team members, the more effectively these objectives will be met. The objective is not to divide up the work, so that each member has less to do. This behavior is self-defeating and will result in poor performance on the exams. Each team should have a team leader. The team leader position may be the same person throughout the semester, or may rotate, at the discretion of the team. You should decide during your first team meeting who will be the leader and for how long.
THE TEAM LEADER - is responsible for insuring that everything gets done. Therefore the leader must coordinate the efforts of the team, and insure that everyone contributes. This usually includes:
- The team should meet together at least twice each week to discuss the assignments and compare and check work. It would be best to meet just after receiving an assignment and then again prior to the due date to review the work performed. Additional communications can be by e-mail or telephone.
-This may include doing calculations, explaining principles, checking someone else's calculations, and checking format.
- The leader must set deadlines and insure that they are met. Your schedule should permit ample time for every member of the team to review and check all the work done by all members on every assignment, and provide time for appropriate feedback and/or corrections to be incorporated before the assignment is due.
TEAM MEMBERS – will perform a variety of tasks relative to the assignments. These tasks may include setting up and/or solving a problem, performing or checking the calculations, insuring that the Problem Solving Guidelines are followed, or looking up references or data. member of the team must contribute in some way to assignment, even if it involves only checking the work that others have done, or checking for proper format and consistency. student is expected to understand problem on assignment, and you will demonstrate this individually on exams. On each homework paper and your term project, each student will sign to affirm that they have observed these requirements. Remember, the primary advantage of the teams is to enable you to learn more effectively from one another.
COMMUNICATION is the key to effective teamwork.