Getting the Group out of Group Project
August 27, 2008 12:17 PM Subscribe
What's the best way to approach a professor about going solo on a group project?
posted by theichibun to Education (26 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Group projects scare me. Partly because I'm a productive procrastinator and don't like to do things way early, which is when a lot of people want stuff unofficially turned in. Partly because I tend to get a bit paranoid about other people pulling their weight (although not to a level that would be diagnosable as a psychological problem as far as I can tell).
I know I'm stereotyping here, but the idea of working with freshmen/sophomores (I'm a senior) that I don't know on something that is almost 20% (75 out of 400 points) of my grade scares the piss out of me.
The assignment for my Intro to Archaeology (taken for a social science requirement) is broken down as follows:
1 - 25 points for straight data input on two cemeteries.
2 - 10 points for some basic statistical analysis.
3 - 8 points for graphs based on #2
4 - 25 points for a 3-3.5 page paper interpreting the data
5 - 7 points for how well I worked with the group.
None of that seems like it would be too much trouble to do on my own. There are just a few things that make me wonder if it's worth it.
A) New professor at my school, although it sounds like she's taught other places before. So I can't ask anyone how she is.
B) What would I ask her to do with those 7 points for playing nicely with others? They can't be split evenly between the other categories. So would asking if I can just have those 7 points be appropriate since I would be doing 100% of the work anyway?
C) We're picking groups on Friday (the 2nd time the class meets), so I won't have any time to really get to know anybody in the class to alleviate my fears.
I've already checked, there aren't any other classes that would fit into my schedule that look even the slightest bit interesting. So switching to something else isn't really an option.
The best thing I can think of to do is to contract the class as honors and have my special extra work be that I have to do the project by myself. No mention of how I feel about group projects needs to be made if I do it this way if you ask me.
Is that a valid option? How would you feel as a professor if someone asked you if you could do this?