Originally Posted by Bluetonic
In the real world the vast majority of work you carry out will be group work with dependencies on others. In a work environment too much can go wrong over which you have little control. How would you deal with that? (speaking in general, not specifically about you)
In today's tough job market achieving high grades in group related modules is something which can be used to your benefit.
This is the absolute rubbish that universities/lecturers spew out as a reason why they use so much group work, when in fact it is probably due to cut-backs that they don't have time to mark every student’s assignment.
The fact of the matter is that in "the real world" there is a boss/supervisor/person in authority who can pull a lazy individual aside and use a preverbal stick to encourage a more work orientated approach (which is fancy speak for giving them a bolloc*ing and telling them to get their finger out). That doesn't exist in university, and getting a bad grade is not a deterrent to some.
You can have individuals in a group who are happy with putting in a scrape-over-the-line 40% effort, whereas others are looking for 2:1 or above. So what do you say to the two or three who bust their balls with 2:1 work and end-up with a pass? That is not "the real world".
A masters is an expensive piece of education and I personally would not allow some lazy as*hole to waste my time and money on. The DCU Msc look likes somewhere between 33% and 50% of your entire final grade relies on group work.......no thanks!