Presentation 3

Case study group projects in an international academic institution: Enhancing team effectiveness

Ann Smith
Ann.Smith@nottingham.ac.uk
&
Dr Juliet Thondhlana
Juliet.Thondhlana@nottingham.ac.uk
Centre for English Language Education, School of Education, University of Nottingham, UK


Group case study projects, now an accepted mode of learning worldwide, require students to explore connections and solve problems through face-to-face discussion. In the International Foundation Programmes, students who will enter Nottingham University’s Business Schools must learn to deal with such projects. In a recent UK study, first year students entering their first semester of business degree study find themselves confronted with a highly complex case study group project.  Success in this type of project is critical preparation for future industrial placements where they are often selected via an assessment centre team project simulation.

Group case study projects involve team work which is a key skill for  most disciplines and future workplace employability. The research shows that group interaction and often intercultural communication are vital elements in the group case study project.  In addition, students have to evaluate how well the team members interact and negotiate the assignment of marks.  This presentation explores the group interaction requirements of the NUBS group case study project and then suggests ways in which the Foundation Programme provision can be enhanced in order to prepare students for more effective group interaction in their future studies.

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