Group Dynamics Report for Group 29

Group 29 was formed by four members in the same lab period. A fifth member was adopted after the project had begun. Work on the project commenced with the formation of a topic. We met and each member searched on-line for articles, and approximately ten articles were brought together. The group decided on one article from these ten. We chose this article because heart disease is a wide spread health problem in our country. In our opinion finding a suitable article did not require group action since each individual easily found articles that could have been used.

After the article had been selected, meetings were held to compose the editorial comments and find links to relate to the topic. Each member also researched on their own time to find links relevant to the article. Meetings were held in various locations including Memorial Union, Brady Commons, and a few computer labs around campus. On average the group met once a week and the meetings lasted about two hours each.

The only problem our group confronted in writing our comments consisted of the time conflicts with group members. With five schedules to work around, meetings sometimes had to be held late at night so all members could attend. All members contributed ideas, which made writing the editorial comments easier than if one person was trying to write them alone.

Group meetings did not only pertain to the project. The group met to study together for tests. Studying in a group was beneficial because when we shared our thoughts and ideas we were able to remember what we learned. It also provided us with sources to seek help.

This project has been a good experience for everyone involved. However, we feel that in the future a group project would be more valuable if it had a stronger correlation to what we are doing in class considering all the time and effort involved. A positive aspect of the collaborative semester project was that we were able to make contacts within the class to form a study group. The project allowed us to connect ideas learned in class to applications in the real world.