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CODE: MS1304B REPORT: INDIVIDUAL REFLECTIVE REPORT AND SELF-EVALUATION ON GROUP PROJECT. As required by the module this group project was assigned to our group comprising of 3 people as based on considering it suitable as such in terms of effort and abilities required for it. This is based on the idea that academic work does not have to be a solitary and personal attempt. It is appropriate to spend sufficient time study in library but it is a crucial part of every student to work with other people. It would help to build a student’s personal and academic development. Group working provides a variety of opportunities available to students to work in both formal and informal ways. It helps one identify the importance of communication and feedback given to and received from other students. We thus considered our group project an opportunity to share ideas and experiences and learn from each other. Every member of a group has responsibilities both individual and to the group as a whole. Similarly, it is very important to consider how the group works and what you want to get out of a group. It would help us realise what do we need to do for the project and what we achieve by the project. Therefore we laid sufficient importance on communication and discussion to allow effective working in group. We could remember a variety of activities from our previous work at school as group. Cooperation and communication are essential. Group working is more than just listen and learn but involves an interactive participation. This is similar to doing job as teamwork. Skills at working in groups are valuable flexible skills they can be taken over not only to your everyday life but also to the all important working environment. Groups can be organised in many different ways. Some are highly formal with clearly defined roles and agendas and organised timetable. Others may be loose with less strict timetable. Our project was based on lectures and academic work. So we decided to plan timetable and focus our studying on the topics to be covered in the project. We met on a number of occasions as planned and brought our individual study work on the project for discussion and group work. We frankly discussed its presentation and layout regarding various issues involved including media, content, application, etc. We spent sufficient time on considering everyone’s contribution for the project and selected key issues to be included. We had deduced that working in group would require thought, planning and preparation. It would be beneficial to have a positive attitude and awareness of group attitude. With self-control it could be achieved as that would allow us more control over how we organise ourselves. It helps to build the practical and administrative skills. Listening is a crucial part not only of the interaction that goes on in groups. In that sense, listening should not be regarded as something passive, but rather as an active part of the communication process. Effective group listening and thinking can prove a source of intellectual and social inspiration. Appropriate consideration was thus given to what was said by us and notes were taken. As stated earlier, an important benefit of group work is the opportunity to share ideas and experiences. This allows an important process of giving and receiving feedback. Feedback is the main way of letting the speaker know that you are listening and understanding. Feedback should be precise, justified and constructive. In group work, the direct feedback can be greatly beneficial. It can also be greatly destructive if not given in a supportive and constructive atmosphere. Different situations impose different demands on a group. It is likely that an individual would be called upon to use every one of the skills listed above. Approaching group work with punctuality and discipline helps to build the confidence of a group. Keeping above in mind, we made effort to ensure that our group work was an opportunity to learn, to develop and to have a good time. Successful groups are those which develop positively, and their members also develop individually. Many people who study groups have observed and described the different stages that groups go through over a period of time. These are meeting people (forming), when it is established (storming), Working together (norming), contributing and achieving by group (performing). We therefore considered our responsibility for trying to ensure the smooth development of the group. Keeping in mind the needs of the group as a whole, not just your own personal needs allowed us to do it in a responsive and responsible way. We avoided behaviour in a disruptive or awkward way. We kept time-record of all our meetings as required by project. We summarised the objectives that were achieved at each of our meeting. This helped us to keep track of what had been done in our previous meetings and where we were in the process of completing our project as planned. We handed the project in time before the deadline date having finalised the project work.
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