Group Project Reflection/Analysis Paper

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The assignment I need help with is located in the file, page 13-17. We haven't used the textbook, so no worries on sighting anything from that. For the group project, me and a class-mate went to our local dog park and picked up plastic and glass garbage. The emphasis of the presentation we created was on creating a safer environment for our dogs by taking preventative steps to stop littering, especially around beach communities.

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1 Communication 141: Small Group Communication                   Assignment Packet Instructor: Kana Petrosian, Ph.D.         2 Group Informative Speech Symposium Assignment Directions 100 points possible Purpose: To inform the audience about an issue that directly affects our community. Your presentation will conclude with a Q&A session. Directions: §   For this assignment, you will research and present your findings on an issue that affects our local community. You may also select an issue that affects our state, national, or global community. §   Since informative presentations serve the function of “instruction,” your goal is to focus simply on teaching the audience about your selected issue – without attempting to persuade. §   Focus your discussion on the following 3 main areas: a) The history of the issue. Tell us about the problem; and how it came to be the problem it is today. b)   The causes behind the issue. What are the systemic forces which exacerbate the problem? (For example: inherent structural or attitudinal barriers). c)   Who is affected. Who exactly is being harmed by this issue? §   You will also turn in a formal typed outline of your presentation in class on your presentation date. §   Outline Format: Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced, 1” margins, proofread, with at least 3 credible references cited (verbally, in-text, and on reference list) in APA format. §   A PowerPoint or Prezi is required as a visual aid for this presentation. As a whole, the presentation should be 10-12 minutes. §   Please keep in mind that the symposium format is a public discussion forum in which group members present short, prepared speeches on a central discussion question or topic. §   After the presentation, audience members will participate in a question and answer session (2-3 minutes). The Q&A will not be counted in your total presentation time. General presentation requirements: §   Presentations include a short introduction and conclusion. In the introduction, introduce each group member, provide a thesis statement, and end with a preview statement. In the conclusion, restate what was stated (review thesis statement), and provide a memorable closing statement. No new information should be provided in the conclusion. §   The three required main points are discussed in an organized and clear manner (history, causes, people affected), including transitions, and ample research to support each point. All members are to provide examples to make the material relevant and applicable to this particular audience – with that said, language should be appropriate and professional. §   All group members speak during the allotted time (10-12 minutes). No one runs significantly longer or shorter than other group members. The workload is clearly divided evenly and all group members demonstrate equal knowledge. §   The presentation feels like a group effort rather than a bunch of individuals covering separate parts of the presentation. The group’s overall presentation is creative, interesting, and fun. The PowerPoint presentation is thoughtful, engaging, and adheres to visual aid guidelines discussed in class. Be sure to put the PPT on a USB flash drive. Alternatively, you could have your presentation in a google drive or email. §   Excellent presentations are extemporaneous and not read! Speakers must make eye contact with the audience. Verbal disfluencies (such as “um,” “like,” “you know,” etc.) are kept to a minimum. All group members demonstrate professional behavior and decorum. 3 On your scheduled presentation date, your group (as a whole) will need to prepare: a)   A group outline for the instructor before the group presentation. b)   PowerPoint presentation (or easy access to Prezi, set up before class) Audience members are expected to actively listen to all presentations, and actively participate in Q&A sessions. Your contributions will be evaluated as a component of your “Participation” grade. As an audience member, here are some suggestions for questions to consider asking: §   §   §   §   §   §   §   Where will your group be volunteering? What will your group be doing at the volunteer organization? Why did your group decide on this topic? How serious is this issue? Is this a relatively new topic? Why or why not? How is your volunteer work going to alleviate the issue? What are some ways to fix the issue? Individual Assignment: Each group member will submit an individual assignment on Canvas (Journal Entry #2) about your group experience. In this journal entry, you will reflect upon your group experience and dynamics. 4 Group Informative Speech Outline Format (Please label and bold all outline categories. And remember to cite ALL evidence that you did not come up with on your own. See example posted on Canvas). Names Member Names: Presentation Title I.   Introduction: (about 1 minute) A.   Attention-getter: This is the longest part of the introduction. This could be a story (personal, hypothetical, factual), a quote that is related to the topic, startling statistic/fact/data, or a dramatic illustration. B.   Thesis statement: A sentence that summarizes the content of the speech. Your presentation’s central idea. C.   Preview: Explicitly state the main points that you group will go over in the speech: 1)   History 2)   Causes 3)   Affects Transition: Connects two ideas together. Example: “So how did this problem begin?” II.   Body: (about 9-10 minutes) Remember to incorporate visual aid! A.   Main point 1: History of the Issue 1.   Sub point 1 (sub points are examples/evidence that strengthens your main points; including: statistics, facts, testimony, or any other form of credible evidence that supports your main points. Make sure to explain/describe/reiterate the function of your supporting materials.) 2.   Sub point 2 3.   Sub point 3(optional) Transition: Example: “Now that I have discussed X, Sam will next explain Y.” B.   Main point 2: Causes of the Issue 1.   Sub point 1 2.   Sub point 2 Transition: Example: “Now that you heard about the problems of_____, let’s discuss…” C.   Main point 3: Those Affected by the Issue 1.   Sub point 1 2.   Sub point 2 Transition: Example: “To conclude our presentation…” III.  Conclusion: (about 1 minute) A.   Review: Restate the main points and your thesis. B.   Memorable closing statement: End presentation on strong, memorable, favorable note. Can refer to attention getter or end with a different story, quote, etc. 5 References Include all references on a separate page in APA format – alphabetical order, 2nd line hanging. For APA style guides and resources visit Reference Sample References Griffin, E. (2000). A first look at communication theory (4th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill. Hughes, J. (Director). (1985). The breakfast club [Motion picture]. United States: Universal Studios. O'Hair, D., Friedrich, G. W., Wiemann, J. M., & Wiemann, M. O. (1997). Competent communication (2nd ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press. Petrosian, K. (2017, July 24). Personal interview. Salazar, A. B. (1996). An analysis of the development and evolution of roles in the small group. Small Group Research, 27, 475-503. Wiltshire, R. D. (2006, May 5). Changing thinking patterns to reduce depression. Psychology for the Future, 3, Article 12. Retrieved March 15, 2007, from Wood, J. (2004). Communication mosaics: An introduction to the field of communication (3rd ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth. 6 Rubric – Group Presentation 1* (100 points) §   Introduction (5 points): Effectively gains the audience’s attention, thesis clearly articulated, clear preview that explicitly reflects 3 main points. Transition to body. §   Body (40 points): Includes history of issue, causes, and who is affected by the issue. Main points are separated by transitions. Content of presentation is supported by credible evidence. Content is informative, not persuasive. §   Conclusion (5 points): Transition from body to conclusion, includes clear review that explicitly reflects 3 main points, ends with a memorable closing statement. §   PowerPoint/Prezi (5 points): Presentation is effectively supported by the use of a visual aid. Follows guidelines discussed in class. Presentation is clearly rehearsed; all content is well-organized; visual aid is supplementary but adds to presentation’s effectiveness. §   Group cohesiveness (5 points): Group members work together effectively. Presentation is fluid and well-rehearsed. All group members demonstrate equal knowledge during Q&A. §   Evidence (5 points): At least 3 credible sources are orally cited during presentation. Citations include necessary content (author, qualifications, year). §   Verbal delivery (10 points): Demonstrates effective vocal variety and expressiveness: speaks clearly and with fluidity, well-rehearsed, speaks loudly enough, and with appropriate tone; avoids verbal disfluencies. Speaks extemporaneously. §   Nonverbal delivery (10 points): Demonstrates effective nonverbal delivery and expressiveness: uses appropriate body movement, posture, gestures, facial expressions, eye contact is directed at entire audience (does not read from note cards or off of PowerPoint); avoids nonverbal manipulators/distractions. §   Time (5 points): Group presentation does not extend over the given time limit (12 minutes). Points will be lost for presentations that go overtime or are delivered in less time than the required 10 minutes. §   Outline (10 points): Outline is typed in APA format explained above. Outline is in complete sentence format with sources cited on the outline. That is, all presentation content must be on outline including transition statement and in-text citations. All in-text citations are reflected on reference list and vice versa. No major spelling or grammatical errors. *Each of the above categories are weighted by their corresponding point value (in parentheses). Categories are graded on a 0 – 5 scale as described below. 0   = Unacceptable. 1   = Major components missing; Ineffective; Insufficient 2   = Needs improvement; Components missing; Does not meet expectations of course and/or directions 3   = Satisfactory; Most components are present and delivered effectively 4   = Good; Most expectations are met; Minimal issues 5   = Excellent; Exceeds expectations 7 Service Learning Project Assignment Directions Assignment phases: Phase #1 (20 Points): Research a volunteer organization in a selected (and feasible) geographic location. Phase #2 (30 Points): Complete 8 hours of volunteer work (at least 4 hours together, as a group) at the selected organization. Phase #3 (100 Points): Present group experience to the class. PHASE #1 (20 POINTS) Directions: Research different organizations pertaining to the topic explored in the Informative Speech Symposium assignment (e.g. YMCA, retirement homes, homeless shelters, food banks, the Humane Society, etc.). Contact each organization and ask the following in order to get permission to volunteer: §   Who does one contact if they wish to volunteer? Obtain the name, phone number with extension, and email, if possible. Also, make sure that you have the address of the volunteer agency. §   A description of volunteer opportunities. Is there more than one area? If so, what are they? Provide a job description in each. In short, what do you do while volunteering (read, serve meals, organize games, take care of animals, etc.)? §   How does one go about getting started? (i.e. Is there any type of training involved?) §   Are there any minimum hourly commitments? §   May groups participate? §   Also, you will need to ask permission to take photos/videos to document your experience. Please Note that you will have to tell the organization that you are volunteering for a college assignment and that you will need to volunteer there at least 8 hours. Sample phone statement: “Hello, my name is and I am a student at Santa Barbara City College. As part of an assignment for my Small Group Communication class, my group members and I will be participating in a service learning project where we will be volunteering 5 hours of our time this summer semester. Before making our decision, however, we are researching a variety of organizations. Do you mind if I ask you a few questions? It will take about 10 minutes.” If the contact person does not have the time, aske when it would be convenient for you to phone back. Assignment Requirements: After you select the organization you’d be volunteering at and obtain permission to volunteer at the organization, each group will provide a report (400-700 words) of the selected organization. The paper should contain the following information: §   The name of the organization and organization info: address, phone number, website. §   The name, telephone number (w/extension, if applicable), and an email address of the contact person §   A summary of the organization’s mission (paraphrased or in quotations, using proper APA citations) A summary of the organization’s volunteer opportunities and required training. Please explain what you will be doing in the organization. That is include a brief description of your volunteer work. §   The paper must be uniform; meaning, it must be typed in the same fashion (consistently), and in the same format. Each group’s paper should be formatted as follows: typed, 12-point font, Times New Roman, double-spaced, 1-inch margins. One paper will be submitted on Canvas per group. 8 PHASE #2 (30 POINTS) Directions: After selecting the organization that you would like to volunteer for, as a group, you will then volunteer at least 8 hours at the organization. Of the 8 individual volunteer hours, 4 hours must involve all group members. Additionally, please follow the guidelines below: §   Each group member must volunteer 8 hours total. §   Each group member is expected to keep photo/video documentation of their volunteer experience. During your presentation, you will show your peers pictures or clips from these videos. §   I recommend each group member to keep a written log of their experience. After each day, reflect on how you felt, how the group functioned together, and any other comments relevant to your experience. This will be helpful for your Journal entry #3 and your final paper where you have to draw upon your group experience. §   Lastly, each group member must turn in verification of their volunteer work, signed by a staff member, with contact information. §   Each group member will submit an individual assignment (10 Points) on Canvas for Phase #2 (Journal Entry #3). In this journal entry, you will reflect upon your group experience and dynamics while volunteering and working on your presentation. To receive full credit, make sure you submit verification of 8 completed hours of volunteer work. Points will be deducted (20 points) if volunteer hours are not verified. 9 Phase #2 Volunteer Verification Form Please neatly print the information below. You will not receive credit for volunteer work if you do not get your time verified by a member of the organization. Complete individually. Student Name: ____________________________________________ Organization Name: ________________________________________ Organization Staff Member: __________________________________ Staff Member Phone # or Email: ______________________________ Date Time In Time Out Total Hours Staff Signature 10 PHASE # 3 (100 POINTS) Directions: After completing the first 2 phases of the assignment, each group will present their experience to the class. Presentations must be organized into outline format; and a formal, typed outline must be turned in on presentation day. Outline: Typed outline should include the following (corresponding to presentation). Make sure you cite all sources on outline. Group Member Names: Presentation Title IV.  Introduction: (about 1 minute) A.   Attention-getter: This is the longest part of the introduction. This could be a story (personal, hypothetical, factual), a quote that is related to the topic, startling statistic/fact/data, or a dramatic illustration. B.   Thesis statement: A sentence that summarizes the content of the speech. Your presentation’s central idea. C.   Preview: Explicitly state the main points that you group will go over in the speech: 1)   Organization description and your experience 2)   What you learned about group communication 3)   What you learned about the problem/issue Transition: Connects two ideas together. Example: “So let’s first talk about the organization we volunteered.” V.   Body: (about 9-10 minutes) Remember to incorporate visual aid! A.   Main point 1: Organization description 1.   Sub point 1 – tell us about the organization 2.   Sub point 2 – benefits of your experience (As group members and community service participants) 3.   Sub point 3 – discuss problems you encountered throughout your experience Transition: Example: “Now that I have discussed X, Sam will next tell you about Y.” B.   Main point 2: What you learned about group communication [Provide a summary of what the group learned about small group communication, service learning, and working in groups as a result of this assignment. Apply several small group communication concepts or theories connected with the various aspects of your experience (e.g. leadership, group roles, conflict, decision-making, groupthink, etc.)] 1.   Sub point 1 2.   Sub point 2 Transition: Example: “Now that you heard about _____, let’s discuss…” C.   Main point 3: What you learned about the problem/issue 11 [Link the places at which you volunteered with the information shared in the Group Informative Speech Symposium assignment. Summarize what you have learned about that particular social problem based on your experience and outside research (provide citations). The outside research should contain current and relevant information, related to that particular problem. 1.   Sub point 1 2.   Sub point 2 Transition: Example: “To conclude our presentation…” VI.  Conclusion: (about 1 minute) A.   Review: Restate the main points and your thesis. B.   Memorable closing statement: End presentation on strong, memorable, favorable note. Can refer to attention getter or end with a different story, quote, etc. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------A great deal of attention should be spent on these portion of the presentation: PowerPoint/Prezi: As a group, you will present this content (above) to the class, using PowerPoint or Prezi as a visual supplement. You will have 10-12 minutes to do so. I encourage the use of photos and/or videos for this assignment (make sure that you have permission from the organization to take photos/videos; and that you have permission to use these photos/videos during your presentation!). Keep in mind that you need to cite sources both during the presentation and on your outline. Also have a reference page for the sources. On presentation day, as a group, turn in: 1.  A group presentation outline hard copy (Times New Roman, 12-point font, stapled, APA reference page) 2.  Presentation content on a USB flash drive or in an email account 12 Rubric – Group ...
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Group Project Reflection/ Analysis
In our society today, we do many things in groups from school assignments to
professional assignments. Community works are also accomplished using the idea of group
work. The way a group interacts has a very significant effect on the end product or the
accomplishment of the task at hand. The group interactions also determine the satisfaction that
the members get from working in the group and also performing the function at hand. In our
group, we were tasked with collecting the garbage especially the glass fragments in the Douglas
Family Reserve Park and Beach. We performed this task as the volunteers together with some
residents who have been concerned with the hygiene of the park as they care about the safety of
their pets. Though there is a garbage collection crew that comes and collects the garbage several
times a month, they don't receive the small fragments especially the glass ones. This particle will
pose a threat to the safety of the pets and the residents taking the pets for walks. To get the best
out of the task, we engaged in we needed excellent group interaction and group dynamics to
match which will avoid conflicts thus smoothly do the job. Our goal in this paper is to discuss
how group interaction and communication helped in accomplishing the task that we performed.
Around the globe, dogs and cats are some of the most common and most loved pets.
Many people around the world have either the two of them or one as a pet. They like taking them
on walks to the dog parks that have been designated for the particular purpose. Thus the work
that we volunteered in is an essential and significant work in our community. To get the best out
of group interactions we need to do the following things that will ensure that the outcome is
successful (Thibaut, 2017). The first thing to do is to provide that you dress for the occasion.
When going for an official incident ensure that you don officially, but when going for a casual or
social event you can wear casually. The work we had to dress casually to feel comfortable



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Tutor went the extra mile to help me with this essay. Citations were a bit shaky but I appreciated how well he handled APA styles and how ok he was to change them even though I didnt specify. Got a B+ which is believable and acceptable.

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