Summary of group projects
- Four to five students
- Deliberate mix of
engineering, MBA, and SIMS students
- Your initial group makeup
will be chosen by the instructor to meet the goal of mixing fields and interests
based on the initial course survey. (Initial voluntary groupings typically
do not achieve this mix.) Pairwise exchanges among groups are permitted,
as long as they are between students with similar backgrounds (both MBA
students, both EECS students, both SIMS students, both non-EECS
engineering students). Inform the instructor of any changes.
- If any students drop the
course, the instructors may have to ask students to move between groups to
maintain balance. To minimize this, groups will not be formed initially
until several weeks into the semester.
The due date and time for projects are noted on the class
calendar. See “grades” for policies on late project reports and
other grading issues on the projects.
There will be two projects:
- First project:
Evaluation of a product or industry segment or company in terms of the
concepts from the course. [details]
- Second project: Consideration
of both sides of a controversial issue, including a class debate. Two
groups will address each issue, taking the two sides. [details]
Each project group should designate two people for each
project (it is a good idea to rotate these responsibilities between the first
and second project):
- A group leader, who
will coordinate the group, set up meetings, lead group discussions, etc.
- A group webmaster, who
will the responsibility for gathering and integrating written inputs,
soliciting comments, and formating and posting the final report.
Written reports will be posted on the “groups and
projects” section of WebCT, where all students will be able to see them.
It is suggested that you use online collaboration tools in the generation of
the reports, and of course you can post things on WebCT for the group and use
the WebCT discussion forum if you choose (discussion areas will be set up for