Grade Breakdown

  • Lecture Attendance - 6%
  • Tutorial Attendance + Activity - 6%
  • Completion of The TCPS 2 Tutorial Course on Research Ethics - 1%
  • Completion of the Team Charter - 1%
  • Completion of Group Multiplier - 1%

Lecture Attendance

Lecture attendance will be recorded using iClickers. Please register your iClicker through the course Connect site.

Tutorial Room Attendance + Activity

TAs will record attendance and rate student participation in tutorial activities.

Course Feedback Surveys

You will be sent 2 course feedback surveys (mid course and end-of-term surveys) to help us better understand the needs and experiences of LFS 350 students. The surveys are a chance for you to anonymously provide feedback and reflect on the course material, instructor, TAs, assignments, and any other aspect of the course. Information from the surveys is taken very seriously, by the instructors and TA’s, and will be used to improve the course. You will receive 1% for each survey you complete. We separate identifying information from the results so that the information remains anonymous.

TCPS 2 Tutorial Course on Research Ethics

Group Assessment

While group work can be rewarding it can also be unequally shared and a source of resentment. You will be required to rate other group members contribution as well as how your group is working together through an on-line evaluation survey. Assessments are mandatory. Your colleagues' rating of your individual group work contribution will be considered by the teaching team when determining the final value of all group work in the course.

By completing the assessment, you have specific criteria to fairly and objectively rate the effectiveness of group members and the group as a whole. Working well in groups is a skill that can be developed over time and these evaluations will help you and your group function efficiently in a collaborative, interdisciplinary setting. You will receive 1% towards your participation grade for completing the group multiplier.

LFC Series Group Multiplier Criteria

Rate your performance on the following:

Attendance (20)

Attending lectures and being present in breakout sessions is critical to high-functioning group work. When each member stays informed and current with course material, instructions and activities, less time is devoted to bringing everyone up to speed, leaving more time free to commit to working on assignments and reports.

  • Lectures, Presentations and Discussions (10)
  • Group Meetings (10)

Communication (30)

Effective communication is open and two-way, with discussions that are in-depth with careful listening. When interacting, people are often ‘waiting to speak” rather than listening. Active listening involves paraphrasing or re-stating what has been said in order to verify understanding.

  • Contributing to group dialogue (10)
  • Active listening (10)
  • Non-verbal & Electronic communication (i.e. body language in group setting & prompt replying to emails and other messages) (10)

Support & Feedback (40)

One of the greatest strengths of collaboration is being exposed to diverse perspectives. It is important to let everyone voice his or her opinion. This will allow differences to be acknowledged and result in sound and fair resolutions being reached through discussion. Constructive feedback is information that calls attention to a problem or potential problem. The key to giving constructive feedback is maintaining a spirit of mutual respect and learning.

  • Contribution to group work (20)
  • Respectful of others opinions (10)
  • Constructive feedback (10)

Organization (10)

  • Punctual & Prepared (i.e. on-time for meetings, presentations, other group activities & readings, work, and research reliably completed) (10)

TOTAL: /100

Group Evaluation

  1. Unity: Unity exists when the team creates a strong common purpose, sticks together, and people support one another. On a scale of 1-10, how well do you feel that your team as a whole performed in promoting unity?
  2. Distribution of Responsibility: Effective distribution of responsibility occurs when all members have equal say and tasks are fairly distributed and carried out by all members. On a scale of 1-10, how well do you feel that your team as a whole performed in terms of promoting effective distribution of responsibility in your team?
  3. Group Self-Evaluation: Effective group self-evaluation occurs when the group periodically takes time to critique, discuss, and improve its performance. On a scale of 1-10, how well do you feel that your team as a whole performed in terms of group self-evaluation?
  4. Problem Solving: For effective problem solving, everyone's ideas are used to solve problems and contribute to the project's final plan. On a scale of 1-10, how well do you feel that your team as a whole performed in terms of problem solving?