SPC 3425 Group Project

SPC 3425 Group Project

Assignment This group project consists of three different scenarios that you, as a group, will need to come to a consensus on to determine the importance of each item related to the specific scenario. The group members will be determined by your Professor and you will be notified in advance. You will have the ability to meet with your group members via adobe connect or within blackboard messaging system where your group’s activity will be monitored by the professor. In addition to the Adobe Connect meetings, all of you will be required to write a short 3-4 page essay paper about the experience. Coming to a Consensus

Groups are complex systems in which the actions of individual members affect everyone

in the group as well as the outcome of group work. Working in groups is an inescapable part of everyday life; most people spend a considerable amount of time and energy working in groups. Group communication is the interaction of three or more interdependent people working to achieve a common goal. A clear goal is the most significant factor separating successful groups from unsuccessful groups.

An effective group has both a clear understanding of its goal and a belief that its goal is

meaningful and worthwhile. Effective group goals require attention to their clarity, challenge, commitment, compatibility, cooperation, and cost. Clear, elevated goals challenge group members and give them the opportunity to excel both as individuals and as a group. Specific goals lead to higher performance than do generalized goals.

Decision making results in a judgment or choice from different alternatives in a group.

Problem solving is a complex process in which groups analyze a problem and agree to a plan that will solve it or reduce its negative effects. Groups make decisions by voting, seeking consensus, and/or relying on authority rule. Groups should be wary of false consensus, which occurs when members reluctantly give in to group pressures or an external authority.

Guidelines for Adobe Connect:

Student Using Adobe Connect: This video provides students with a complete overview of Adobe Connect. (Tutorial)

Share Presentation: In this video we will provide an overview of how to Share a Presentation in Adobe Connect. (Tutorial) Student Collaboration: This video provides an overview about how Adobe Connect can be used for student’s collaboration and group work activities or projects. (Tutorial)


Scenario one consists of a plane crash and specific items that you and your team members need to rank according to what you think are most important.

Scenario Type 1: Plane Crash

You and your companions have just survived the crash of a small plane. Both the pilot and co- pilot were killed in the crash. It is mid-January, and you are in Northern Canada. The daily temperature is 25 below zero, and the night time temperature is 40 below zero. There is snow on the ground, and the countryside is wooded with several creeks crisscrossing the area. The nearest town is 20 miles away. You are all dressed in city clothes appropriate for a business meeting. Your group of survivors managed to salvage the following items:

A ball of steel wool A small ax A loaded .45-caliber pistol Can of Crisco shortening Newspapers (one per person) Cigarette lighter (without fluid) Extra shirt and pants for each survivor 20 x 20 ft. piece of heavy-duty canvas A sectional air map made of plastic One quart of 100-proof whiskey A compass Family-size chocolate bars (one per person)

Your task as a group is to list the above 12 items in order of importance for your survival. Additionally, list the uses for each. You must come to a consensus as a group for this.

Scenario two consists of survival on the moon and specific items that you and your team members need to rank according to what you think are most important.

Scenario Type 2: Survival on the Moon

You and two of your crew are returning to the base ship on the sunlit side of the moon after carrying out a 72-hour exploration trip. Your small rocket craft has crash-landed about 300 kilometers from the base ship. You and the crew need to reach the base ship. In addition to your

spacesuits, your crew was able to remove the following items from the rocket craft:

4 packages of food concentrate 20m nylon rope 1 portable heating unit 1 magnetic compass 1 box of matches 1 first-aid kit 2 50-kg tanks of oxygen 20 L of water 1 star chart 1 case of dehydrated milk 1 solar-powered radio set 3 signal flares 1 large piece of insulating fabric 1 flashlight 2 45-caliber pistols, loaded

Your task as a group is to list the above 15 items in order of importance for your survival. Additionally, list the uses for each. You must come to a consensus as a group for this.

Scenario three consists of being lost at sea and specific items that you and your team members need to rank according to what you think are more important.

Scenario Type 3: Lost at Sea

You and your team have chartered a yacht. None of you have any previous sailing experience and you have hired an experience skipper and two-person crew. As you sail through the southern Pacific Ocean a fire breaks out and much of the yacht and its contents are destroyed. The yacht is slowing sinking, your location is unclear because vital navigational and radio have been damaged. The yacht skipper and crew have been lost whilst trying to fight the fire. Your best guestimate is that you are approximately 1000 miles South West of the nearest landfall. You and your friends have managed to save the following 15 items, undamaged and intact after the fire:

1. A sextant 2. A shaving mirror 3. A quantity of mosquito netting 4. A five gallon can of water 5. A case of army rations 6. Maps of the Pacific Ocean 7. A floating seat cushion 8. A 2 gallon can of oil/petrol mixture 9. A small transistor radio 10. 20 square feet of Opaque plastic sheeting

11. Shark repellent 12. One quart of 160 percent proof rum 13. 15ft nylon rope 14. 2 boxes of chocolate bars 15. A fishing kit

Your task as a group is to list the above 15 items in order of importance for your survival. Additionally, list the uses for each. You must come to a consensus as a group for this.


Below are the questions that you need to complete individually in a 3-4 page essay format following APA or MLA. Once you have completed this you will then need to turn your work into turnitin.com before the due date posted on your syllabus.

You will need to answer the following questions using specifics and examples from your group scenario discussions and relate the theory/information from your text to the following questions.

• How were decisions made? (See chapter 9) • How were meetings conducted? (See chapter 11) • Who influenced the decisions and how? (See chapter 5) • How could better decisions have been made? (See chapter 10) • Did people listen to each other? If not why not? (See chapter 7) • What roles did group members adopt? (See chapter 3) • How was conflict managed? (See chapter 8) • What kinds of behavior helped or hindered the group? (See chapter 11) • How did people feel about the decisions? (See chapter 9) • How satisfied was each person with the decision (ask each participant to rate his / her

satisfaction out of 10, then obtain a group average and compare / discuss with other groups’ satisfaction levels) (See chapter 9)

• What have you learnt about the functioning of this group? • How would you do the activity differently if you were asked to do it again? • What situations at work/home/school do you think are like this exercise?

**TURNITIN.COM and Grademark

o All written assignments must be submitted to Turnitin.com by the posted deadline. Assignments submitted by any other means will not be accepted.

o Turnitin.com drop boxes will be available in the Blackboard learning management system.

o Once your assignment has been uploaded successfully to Turnitin.com, you will receive a confirmation receipt. Please keep this confirmation number for future reference. Within a few hours, your assignment will also be assigned an originality/similarity percentage. For further information as to how the similarity/originality percentage is calculated and why it is important, please

review user guides that can be found at http://www.turnitin.com/static/support/guides_manuals.html.

o Within one week after the assignment’s deadline has passed, you will receive written feedback on your assignment. The written comments on your assignment are accessible using the GradeMark function within Turnitin.com. If you do not know how to access the written comments using the GradeMark function, please review user guides that can be found at http://www.turnitin.com/static/support/guides_manuals.html

o Late Submissions must be uploaded in the appropriately labeled “Late Drop Box” at turnitin.com by the posted “Late Assignment Deadline”. Late submissions are only eligible for a maximum of 50% of the assignments original point value.

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