Assessments in ENVS3463 reflect the University's policy on group work. In this sense, the unit includes individual grading for all assessment tasks required by the unit.
NOTE: All individual grades will be derived from peer review assessment. All students are required to participate in the peer review assessment process of this Unit. For each individual student grade, 70% will comprise of marks allocated to the individual, and 30% will come from marks allocated to the group's work. The group work component is based on assessment of the final report. See "Peer Review Instructions" section in this Unit Guide, lectures and ilearn for further detail on the peer review process.
As all assessments in ENVS3463 are based on group work, University policy dictates that students will only receive a Pass (listed as an 'S' grade (Satisfactory) on your transcript or Fail for this unit, irrespective of the cumulative marks for the various components of the Unit.
The peer review assessments will be subject to evaluation by the Unit convenor to ensure that marks are aligned with the assessment comments and that they are consistent and reasonable. In this regard, they may be subject to moderation.
Students are required to use SPARK for their peer review assessments. Log in at https://mq.sparkplus.com.au/login.php The assessment criteria ALSO requires all students in all groups to turn up and present at the three sessions in weeks 3, 5 and 13. Not turning up means the task is incomplete and cannot be marked i.e. if an individual does not turn up or provide a bona fide medical certificate, the result for that assignment will be zero (0), irrespective of the comments and marks provided by the peer review assessment. In summary, turning up and participating in the presentations is integral to the assessment tasks and MUST be completed to achieve marks greater than zero for that task.
Why does this unit focus on group work and peer review?
Group projects enable students to develop different skills to those acquired via individual study. These can include team building, communication, negotiation and respect, acceptance for different perspectives. Effective teamwork involves developing a process within the group to facilitate communication for all parties so that all group members can contribute to the task and end product. The reality of the work place is such that you will have to work with and for others who may not be aligned entirely with your view of the world. Moreover, individuals will have different skills sets, expectations, standards, goals and work ethics. It is a learnt skill to be able to navigate project personnel with such differences to reach the end goal of your project.
Peer evaluation is one way to evaluate team processes. Group members should know how well their group has functioned and be across the relative contribution of each member of the group. Contribution to a group dynamic and outcome is multifaceted it involves: generating ideas and processes for project success; undertaking research and finding resources; completing agreed tasks on schedule; taking notes and supporting group processes; turning up on time to meetings and contributing positively; and adopting leadership and responsibility. The end goal (e.g. class presentation, summary report, final report) requires persistent and consistent effort across the semester in order to achieve a good group outcome.