|Title||Use of Group Work in a Final-Year Course|
|Department||School of Geography, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT|
|Tel.||+44 (0)121 414 5549|
|Fax.||+44 (0)121 414 5528|
It is difficult to maintain group work exercises in the final-year of a degree programme given concerns that finalists must achieve their marks as individuals rather than as part of a group.
This final-year project is designed to overcome this difficulty by fulfilling three learning objectives:
The final part of this exercise is a report written individually by each student. This consists of an analysis of retailing linked to both the article read by their group, the field work, articles read by other groups, as well as additional reading undertaken by each student.
The advantages of this project are that the lecturer can guide the learning experience by the choice of articles, but during the course of the project control is passed to the students. Final-year students acquire access to all the benefits of group work, and a project which forces them to plan their own field work, and relate this explicitly to a specific article. The individual report avoids the all too frequent complaint that a group member did not contribute to the project.