Here I am again with more a bit more information on how the second year Group Project module runs from a logistical point of view.
So as I mentioned in my last post, you’ll get to choose what topic you’ll do your group project on from a range of options. You’ll be sent an email asking you to number your preferences from 1 to 6 (I think that’s how many there were!). It’s not always guaranteed that you’ll get your first choice but they try to accommodate everyone, and I ended up with my first choice.
The format of the module is all seminars – for those that don’t know, seminars are small discussion groups, compared to lectures which are large groups where the academic in charge is actively giving you information. This means that you aren’t given much support in terms of the actually learning, this has to be done all through your own research, which makes the module both incredibly interesting, but also really challenging.
Your group will be expected to meet once a week, which at the beginning of the course is covered by the seminars. However, I found that as the assessment deadlines crept closer we were needing to spend more and more time together. One week I think we met every day! You’ll need to keep a minute book in order to record all the discussions that you have at the meetings, as without this you cannot pass the module.
The brings me nicely onto the assessment for the Group Project. It’s split into two parts:
1. A 30 minute long presentation. This is worth 40% of the overall grade and is expected to encompass the main ideas that you believe answer the question you have been set, or have chosen yourself. However, due to time constraints they do not expect you to cover all the research you have done.
2. A 10,000 Project or essay. This is worth 60% of the overall grade and is obviously a much more in depth version of what you have discussed in the presentation. The main difficulty that I have found with this is that different people have different writing styles and you are tasked with making it seem like the work of only one person.
The group gets one mark for each section of the module, so it’s really important to make sure that everyone is putting in an equal amount of effort. This week my group gave the 30 minute presentation and we’re currently waiting to receive our feedback, the nerves are kicking in!