Group Project Work
Please note that this policy has not yet been revised or converted to the new format. This policy area is being re-formulated into the new Academic Policy Bank format.
With the exception of performance units, group assessment should normally not exceed 40% of the total formal assessment in the subject/unit.
- The weighting of assessment of group project work should correspond to the significance of group work in the unit objectives, and to the nature of the task to be assessed.
- The individual contribution to group work should be appropriately factored into the overall mark for the group project.
- The length of a written group project should be consistent with the nature of the task, the weighting it has been given in the subject/unit, the number of students in the group and the weighting given to each individual contribution.
- In calculating the weight of assessment tasks for the unit, the overall word length of a written group project should be divided by the number of students. For example, a 6000 word project written by 3 students should count as 2000 words for each student. If the group task involves significantly more input from each student than would an individual assignment of the same length, a case may be made to the relevant committee for allowing a greater percentage weighting to the group task than indicated by the word count alone.
- A student may be given an alternative, individual task where evidence is provided by a professional practitioner that the student cannot perform the group task or would disadvantage other members of the group.