Group Project   &
                                 Group Panel Presentations

       [[ This document contains the list of groups & the assignment sheets for BOTH group activities]]

    The first thing you should do in order to prepare for this unit is to carefully read Chapters   9 & 10  in your text -- so that you will understand the communication principles underlying your  activities  in this 2-part  assignment,  as you work within groups.    
     Together with 4-5 of your classmates, you will plan and complete both parts of this class  unit which is designed to help you  experience & explore the dynamics & procedures of  interpersonal / group communication:   
         [1]   the "Friend-For-Life" project        [click to go directly  to this info. sheet] 

          [2] the group Discussion/Presentation       [click to go directly  to this info.  sheet] 
                                        {  *the list of Groups     [click to go directly  to list] 





ABOUT THE  "Interviewing-for-a-Friend/Colleague-For-Life"  PROJECT: 

{adapted from an activity by ___________________}

  Rationale:  This activity grows out of the unit on Interpersonal Communication.    Interpersonal Communication is the "tool" by which human relationships are developed and  maintained. This mini project will give you a chance to examine the ways in which the various elements of Interpersonal Communication  {e.g. intrapersonal awareness, listening skillsperceptions, conversational/response skills, empathy, value systems, etc.} have an impact on one of the most common forms of human relationship:  FRIENDSHIP. [ If your group wants , you can focus on examining the colleague relationship, instead ]
   Our friends are more of the most important and sustaining relationships in our lives.    However, most of us "find" our friends in accidental and random ways. The premise of this  
F-F-L activity is to try and apply the same kind of conscious strategy to finding a long term friend as we do for finding an suitable employee. Along the way, you’ll learn a few more things about interpersonal communication, friendship, relationships, and personal responsibility.


1.  All group members should participate equally. It is Everyone's responsibility to
          make sure all of  the tasks get done.

2. Overall, your laptops will be very helpful for several aspects of the process.
          ( > recording material during your brainstorming and compiling sessions,
            > keeping a central location for the questionnaire you will be developing
            > communicating among the group members via chat & /or email, etc)

3. Since one of the purposes of this assignment is to learn how  to use the group
           process in order to accomplish an end product,   you & your group members will have to out how to plan & proceed  in order to achieve the results below.

Required Sub

Each group will submit an 3 part F-F-L "Packet". ( via hard copy or e-mail {remember, all e-mail
                                                                                                             attachments should be HTML documents} .

This packet Contents =

                       1. The Screening Questionnaire - As devised by the group. Designed to be
                 usable for someone who is trying  to select a Friend-for-Life.

                         * The questionnaire is devised  via collaborative effort by the group.
            It should contain  7 - 10 questions to be asked of a prospective candidate
         "applying" for the role of being your friend/colleague-for-life.

           * Each question should be annotated with an explanation of that question's
                           role in this F-F-L screening process. Be sure to cite relevant material from
                           Chaps 2, & 7 & 8  as you complete these annotations.

           2.   Transcripts of 4 actual interviews - Each group member needs to                conduct one actual interview—using the group-developed questionnaire         mentioned above. Interviewees can be anyone EXCEPT the people in your         group for this project.  { A transcript = a write up of the actual Q & A of the interview. }

              3. Answer(s)  to your group's assigned debriefing question(s) . These
          specific questions will be assigned to each group via e-mail & also will be
         discussed in class during the debriefing session on 11/10




         ABOUT THE Panel Discussion/Presentation: 


  NB: Even though you will be working with the same group of people,   this group activity is totally separate from the F-F-L project.


RATIONALE: This assignment gives you an opportunity to plan, prepare & present a group presentation of an important issue/problem of the day. You have probably already completed similar kinds of activities in other   classes; however,  for this project, the emphasis is on learning more about the dynamics of communication in groups. The goal is to help you become a more skilled group participant by understanding & applying the principles of Chapters 10 &  11.


When these discussions are presented in front of the class [see course syllabus for specific dates], each one will consist of three segments. The TOTAL  presentation time per group is only   15-20  minutes.  This means that the group members  will  need to plan very carefully in order to ensure that:   

The three segments are:

Segment 1  {the symposium} [approx 6-7 minutes] - Each individual will extemporaneously present OBJECTIVE,  INFORMATIVE material   based on his/her portion of the research.   [
Segment  2 {the panel} [approx 6-7 minutes] - Next, the group members will subjectively interact AMONG  themselves - discussing  their respective viewpoints on the topic & on the researched data that was presented in Segment 1


Segment  3 {the forum}  [ approx 6-7 minutes] - Next, the subjective discussion will be opened up to questions & comments from the  audience members.  


This way, even though this will be our only opportunity this semester to do a group presentation, you will still get a chance to experience the three most standard  group discussion formats:  
SYMPOSIUM (part 1) , PANEL (part 2) , FORUM (part 3)  .
This will also help you begin to work on the group/team competency as outlined by the School of Business.



1.  All group members should participate equally. It is Everyone's responsibility to
          make sure all of  the tasks get done.

  2. Overall, your laptops will be very helpful for several aspects of the meeting & planning
          process, including:

           >recording material during your brainstorming and planning sessions,
            > keeping a central location for the bibliography sources
>communicating among the group members via chat & /or email, etc
>supplementing the planning time you'll have in class
        If you use these opportunities efficiently, you should be able to easily complete the planning, research, and paperwork for this portion of the LSgroup project.



    1 -> Choose a leader/moderator. This person will be responsible for ensuring that                      certain tasks get done both Before & During the presentation.
                 {these tasks include: >>the prelim & final agenda/outlines",
>>the research assignments,  >>the symposium assignments,
>>moderating the panel & forum phases,   >>maintaining the timing,
>>making transitions between the 3 segments etc. etc. etc.}


  2 -> All group members should participate equally. Although the leader/moderator
                   will double check on things, it is Everyone's responsibility to make sure all of the                      tasks get done.


   3 -> On the next, linked page ... you will see a step-by-step review of group
                       organizational procedure  [click to go directly  to procedures sheet] to help you put the text's
                       guidelines    to work.


    Required Submissions For the DISCUSSION/PRESENTATION :

1. Preliminary Agenda/Outline: Each group will submit one copy of their
"Preliminary Agenda/Outline".  Hard copies of these forms also
will be distributed in class .The completed preliminary A/O’s can be submitted
via hard copy OR e-mail
. See link below for online version.
[ NO LATER THAN tTues 11/2   , 5:00pm]
2. Final Agenda/Outline: Each group will submit one copy of its revised,
final Agenda/Outline on its day of presentation, BEFORE delivering  the presentation.

3. extra credit--Reaction Journal:  Any group member can submit a follow-up Reaction Journal  IN ADDITION TO the work done via group collaboration.   If you're interested in this option,  keep a 4-5 entry computer journal.  Each dated entry  {=  1-2 paragraphs.} This journal will consist of your  thoughts & reflections about being involved in the group process. At the end of this unit,
I will ask you to e-mail your journal to me. [No later than: Mon  11/22]



       PROCEDURES & GUIDELINES for your MEETING & PLANNING         { Verderber-9e} 


1. If you haven't already done so during the Friend-For-Life Project,  exchange phone numbers;  you should also know each others' e-mail addresses-- for on & off campus.  I also recommend you create a personal group in your e-mail address book, consisting of all the group members.  
2. Choose a topic for your group to discuss & present. It should be interesting, multifaceted, & "discussable" --and maybe even controversial. Also remember the general principles of topic selection that we discussed in class during the speech construction unit.  
[[* Topics are on a "first come/first served" basis,  
so reserve your grp's topic with me as soon as you decide on it! ]]  

    3. Decide if your discussion approach will be aimed toward FACT , VALUE , or POLICY.
(see #6 on p.235 in text) [Note: Despite the implications in your text, Group Discussion Presentations are not necessarily problem solving in purpose. Instead, your group might choose to share information or to decide on the worth/value of something or decide on a policy.]  
4. Phrase your "DISCUSSION QUESTION" [which does for a group discussion the same thing a Thesis Statement does for an individual speaker].  See your text for examples
(esp. pp.234.) 
5. Complete  a "Preliminary Agenda/Outline" worksheet. I'll be giving you a hard copy handout, but you can submit it via e-mail. This will give me some idea about how the group is progressing on its own. (we won't be all together as a class for a while!)  
***** This posting/h.c.submission is due no later than Tues  11/2 , 5:00pm but the earlier the better.*****  
6. Determine the amount & type of research necessary to complete Segment 1 of the presentation. Remember, Segment 1 is based on data & evidence, not opinion. It will be presented as a series of "mini-informative speeches".  
7. Prepare a hard copy of the final Agenda/Outline for the group's planned presentation. This document should be a group effort although it is the designated leader/moderator's responsibility to make sure it is ready to hand in just BEFORE the group gives its presentation.  
8. Remember, Group Presentations differ from individual presentations because they are NOT rehearsed in advance. Of course, each group members should rehearse his/her individual "mini-informatives" that will be delivered in Part 1;  however, the best you can do to prepare for parts 2 & 3 is to be very familiar with your additional data and evidence.
{{N.B. - Allow approximately 6 - 7 minutes for EACH of the 3 parts of the overall discussion/presentation.}}  
[Yes, debate-format, roleplaying, and TV news-formats are some of the variations you could use in your presentations. It's up to you & your imaginations. Visual/presentation aids are welcome.]  

[F’99]   LS - GROUPS:

Group #1 Semon , Gardner, Conlon, DelPriore , Wendell, Statz

         [in-class planning sessions for the presentation{II} :  10/29, 11/1, 11/5,11/8]                  [major grp pres.on 11/15 ]  

Group #2 Semko , Lee , Rosu , Suralik , Sehgal

            [in-class planning sessions for the presentation{II} : 10/29, 11/3,11/5, 11/8]                        [major grp pres.on 11/15]  

Group #3 Archer , Coppolini , Muller , Wadia , Scollante

         [in-class planning sessions for the presentation{II} : 11/1,11/3,11/5, 11/8]                    [major grp pres.on 11/17 ]  

  <<unless particular slots are requested, groups will give presentions in this order>>