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Assignment—Working in a Team

Each of us is part of some type of group or team. You are part of a group/team when you are in class, at work, with your family, at church, in most extracurricular activities, even when you are with friends. Choose any group/team in which you work together with others to accomplish a task and answer the following based on YOUR membership in that group/team:

  1. What is your group/team and what is the group/team trying to accomplish
  2. How were the members of your group/team selected?
  3. What is your role (Week 8 Lecture, "Effective Member Roles":Task Roles, Maintenance Roles, Dysfunctional Roles and Formal Team/Meeting Roles) in the group/team?
  4. Describe at least two unwritten rules (also known as 'norms': an expectation that group members have about how others in the group will think and behave as a group; unwritten rules of group conduct) that exist within your group/team.
  5. Which type of Decision-Making Method (Week 8 Lecture: Autocratic, Democratic, or Consensus) does your group/team normally use? Describe the process.
  6. Using the communication lessons you have learned this week, along with any of the communication lessons you have learned up to this point in our course, what would (or will) you now do differently to help this or any of your groups/teams reach their goals? (Please focus on the communication lessons: for example, while the suggestion to 'wash your hands before the meeting' could be valuable, it doesn't have anything to do with communication.)

Submission Criteria
Write your responses in paragraph format - 200-300 words.

RUBRIC FOR THE EVALUATION OF ASSIGNMENTS CRITERIA NEEDS IMPROVEMENT Minimum Points SATISFACTORY Medium Points SUPERIOR Maximum Points CONTENT (70%) The writer does not demonstrate cursory understanding of subject matter, and the purpose of the paper is not stated. The objective, therefore, is not addressed and supporting materials are not correctly referenced. FEWER THAN 49 POINTS The writer demonstrates limited understanding of the subject matter in that theories are not well connected to a practical experience or appropriate examples; attempt to research the topic is evident and materials are correctly referenced. Some opinions/statements aren’t justified completely. 49 to 62 POINTS The writer demonstrates an understanding of the subject matter by clearly stating the objective of the paper and links theories to practical experience. The paper includes relevant material that is correctly referenced, and this material fulfills the objective of the paper. 63 to 70 POINTS ORGANIZATION (10%) Paragraphs do not focus around a central point, and concepts are disjointedly introduced or poorly defended (i.e., stream of consciousness). FEWER THAN 7 POINTS Topics/content could be organized in a more logical manner. Transitions from one idea to the next are often disconnected and uneven. 7 or 8 POINTS The writer focuses on ideas and concepts within paragraphs, and sentences are well-connected and meaningful. Each topic logically follows the objective. The introduction clearly states the objective or ideas leading to the purpose of the paper; a conclusion draws the ideas together. 9 or 10 POINTS SPELLING, GRAMMAR, CAPITALIZATION, PUNCTUATION & CLARITY (20%) Grammar and punctuation are consistently incorrect. Spelling errors are numerous. The writer struggles with limited vocabulary and has difficulty conveying meaning such that only the broadest, most general messages are presented. FEWER THAN 14 POINTS The writer occasionally uses awkward sentence construction or overuses and/or inappropriately uses complex sentence structure. Problems with word usage (e.g., evidence of incorrect use of Thesaurus) and punctuation persist, often causing difficulties with grammar. Ideas may be overstated, and sentences with limited contribution to the subject are included. 14 to 17 POINTS The writer demonstrates correct usage of formal English language in sentence construction. Variation in sentence structure and word usage promotes readability. There are no spelling, punctuation, or word usage errors. Writing is concise, in active voice, and avoids awkward transitions and overuse of conjunctions. 18 to 20 POINTS
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1 COM1010: Introduction to Communications Week 8: Teams and Groups COM1010: Introduction to Communications Week 8: Teams and Groups
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2 COM1010: Introduction to Communications Week 8: Teams and Groups Agenda Welcome to Week 8! Here are the activities for this week. Review the lecture for Week 8 by using the left navigation pane. Participate in the Week 8 Discussion by the third day of the academic week. Complete the Week 8 Writing Assignment by the last day of the academic week. Take the Week 8 Quiz by the last day of the academic week. Introduction In Week 8, you will study the characteristics of effective group members in a team. You will also explore the various roles a member plays in a team. Further, you will compare individual decisions with group decisions. Finally, you will participate in a problem-solving process as a part of a team and as an individual. Now, begin this week by reviewing the objectives and topics. Objectives Discuss situations when individual decisions work best and when group decisions work best. Identify the characteristics of effective group members. Discuss the roles that group members should exhibit in successful groups. Explore the dynamics of effective meetings. Discuss the characteristics, types, and differences between groups, teams, and virtual teams. Organize a service-learning project or a problem-solving group or effectively participate in one if the opportunity arises. Compare and contrast situations in which individual or group decisions would work best to solve problems, and then implement each as needed. Topics The Nature of Teams o Characteristics o Stages of Development o F2F vs. Virtual Teams o Collaboration o Effective Meetings Effective Member Roles o Task Roles o Maintenance Roles o Dysfunctional Roles o Formal Roles Making Decisions o Decision-Making Methods o Effective Teams o Achieving Double EE status Week Overview You might have attended team meetings in your office or anywhere people work in groups. On how many occasions do these meetings turn out to be effective? Read the following scenario and answer the question asked at the end of the scenario. You are one of ten people who attend a weekly team meeting at work. It takes place every Tuesday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. The meeting follows the same agenda. You and seven other team members find this meeting a total waste of time. The meeting chair and one of the team members find it useful. But usually (as on this occasion), no real action steps are ever taken. Can you calculate how much time and money have been lost by the company because of this ineffective team meeting? You will be able to estimate this as you move on to the next screen of this week’s lesson.
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