What to Study

   What to Bring

   Test Format (including how to prepare for a video test  )

   Sample Questions 

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 --Date:    WEDS  2/25/15sect AA


  --Chapters/Areas: In general, you are responsible for all of the material covered so far (via textbook, handouts, slide shows, & activities); however, the emphasis will be on the information in & related notes pertaining to the following areas:  

  Chapters 1 , 2 , 3 , 7, 9 - 6th ed ( NB: Ch 7[listening] was Ch 8 in 5th ed / Ch6 in 4th ed) ( Ch9 [DM)was Ch10 in 5th ed) 

 ♦  Systems theory (including any handouts such as SYSTEMS TALK / SYSTEMS POST MORTEM Worksheet). Be sure to review the online slide shows on these areas as well

 ♦ Decision Making  Be familiar with key terms. Be sure to review the related materials including the online slide shows and the Father-Daughter-Kidney discussion. Note that only a portion of Chapter 9 applies to DecMkg [= pp.194-200 (6ed) ]  / was pp. 236-242 (5ed) ]  

 ♦ There is 1 question to be completed in advance and  submitted in class on test day. [ click or scroll down]

  Additional "heads up" Please note that you may have already experienced information about some of the possible questions, including:

butterflies & hurricanes {&  online slide show:  SYSTEMS-AT-A-GLANCE } 

the application of the Compliance Factor,

The "magic" of the number five/why size matters in groups .

Also, there may be a question based on a 10/21/04 soundbite from Joe Torre, who was then the manager of the NY Yankees baseball team, in which he was heard to say: "Obviously you don't make all the right decisions but you make all decisions hoping they're right." /OR/  I may use a  1/31/07 soundbite from David Kaczinski ( brother of the Unibomber): "You hope you did the right thing for the right reason."  /OR/   maybe this very well-phrased  response by Chris Borlund (Former football linebacker) during an interview on  Face The Nation  on 3/22/15: "I did a lot of research and for me (this decision) made sense and (I) came to the conclusion it was the best decision for me." 

In addition to the items mentioned above, be sure to carefully review your notes on Needs Theories (including Maslow & Schutz) (including the slide show & postings on "Groups-in-my-Life") & on the definition of Experiential Learning (including the 4C's from the Scavenger Hunt) ].

 {N.B.:Reference to such specific items that we have covered will strengthen the scores given to your written answers.  If you were able to print out the online quizzes, those also will be a good source of study material.}



--1 Advance Questions:  [to be completed at home & handed in along with your in-class test] [ will be worth _TBD_ pts / prob  0-4 pts @]  . Each answer  should be about 3/4 page long  [typed/double-spaced] & should integrate specific material from the relevant chapter &/or notes.

         AdvanceQues: POSTMORTEM  - The Systems Way! Below are listed _5__ terms/concepts from the  systems unit & the terminology "Systems Talk" worksheets that was distributed in class.  In reference to the recently completed Presentations (either Info-Sharing/WUWT) take any two (2) terms & give a specific example of how it was manifested in one  of the group's presentations (either your own or one of the other groups) . Your answer needs to demonstrate that you can define the term & can apply it to a group-in-action.




EQUIFINALITY ( multiple paths)

Item for the group's  FEEDBACK LOOP



Advance item #2L "Shared Writing : Case Study": " That's Not What I Said" < located with Chapter 7.1>





----- Some Sample Questions [from past tests, not necessarily  on this test]-----      

Below are various samples of questions I have asked in the past. These may or may not pertain to your current textbook; I simply cut & pasted items from previous tests, but at least they will give you an idea of how comprehensively my questions are usually to be structured.

   1. What are three of the INPUT variables (as in systems theory) that are influencing this  group's  interaction?

   2. Of the following terms: Bypassing, Task Roles, Maintenance Roles, Team Talk, Function Theory, Needs Theory, Feedback Loop, Interdependence, Multiple Paths-Multiple Causes. Throughput factors, Evaluator-Critic, Committee, Compliance Factor, Criteria, Consensus, Harmonizer, Self-Adjusting factor, Dewey's Reflective Thinking , which 5 are observable in this video group? Specifically cite the person's name & describe what they did  that exemplifies the term.

   3. Is the group in the videotape a PRIMARY or SECONDARY group? Why?

   4. Name & describe one TASK function role that is being performed in this group discussion.

   5. Name & describe one MAINTENANCE function role that is being performed in this group discussion.

   6. Adrian ranks high on Schutz' s scale of INCLUSION. That might explain why he volunteered to be this group's leader/moderator and also why he currently belongs to 10 different Secondary Groups. How can Schutz's theory be used to help us understand Adrian's behavior?

7. Based on what we have learned about DECISION MAKING so far, give at least 2 Analytical reactions to this statement which was recently made in reference to a particular standing academic policy committee - on which I serve: "Well what's the matter with your committee lately ? All of your decisions  this year have been unanimous. " 









      AdvanceQues1: Comparing "NGT/Virtual"  to  F-T-F  - Tak

back up videos:  / or /

                   [ 1st 6 minutes]

y one(1)  item from our Top Five lists (page linked on online calendar @ 1/18[row 3].  Considering the various experiences you have had so far this semester-- both in & out of this class-- discuss whether that item has been achieved more easily in face-to-face sessions /or/ in VIRTUAL/NGT-type sessions.  Be sure to clearly support your position with discussion of the advantages and/or disadvantages of each method (i.e.  in person vs. "NGT").