What's in it for me?

Employers value teamwork and communication skills

  • Groupwork helps you to prepare for work environments that value teamwork and communication skills.  Many professions in Business and Economics place great value on these skills - often as much, if not more so, than discipline content knowledge.
  • Groupwork helps you to prepare for the diversity of the workplace. You will have the opportunity to work with people with different skills, perspectives, cultures.
  • Many group peers will go on to be leaders in business, government and non-profit organisations in other countries and in the future you may you draw on such friendships you?ve developed in groupwork.
  • Groupwork environments at university allow you a 'safe' environment to learn effective communication and teamwork skills.  The potential repercussions from poor communication and team work skills will not be as damaging as they could be in the workplace.
  • Groupwork helps you to develop active learning skills.
  • Groupwork helps you to develop a network of contacts.
  • Groupwork helps you develop social skills for working with larger groups

Benefits of working in groups diverse membership

  • Richness of contributions. Those of different age, gender, cultural background, discipline, work experience, skill-base, etc can provide a richness of contributions not available in homogenous groups.
  • You can learn a lot from your peers in a class, as well as the lecturer.  All people involved in the unit bring with them many valuable experiences and contribute different perspectives to the topic of study.
  • Safe environments. Diversity of groups in a learning environment allows you a 'safe' environment to learn from different backgrounds and practice communication and team-management skills.
  • Appreciation and understanding of colleagues who think, learn and work differently. This will also be important in your future workplaces and career.

Development of Graduate Attributes

Groupwork will help you to achieve the following graduate outcomes developed by the Faculty of Business and Economics, in line with the University's framework for graduate attributes.

Research and Inquiry

  • Identify, define and analyse problems and recommend innovative solutions.
  • Develop coherent arguments when recommending solutions and critically evaluating theories in major fields of study.

Information Literacy

  • Conduct research using archives, libraries, the web and other sources of information.
  • Apply research principles and methods for gathering and analysing data/information relevant to major fields of study.
  • Employ technologies effectively in gathering information from written, oral and electronic sources.
  • Manage, analyse, evaluate and use information efficiently and effectively.

Personal and Intellectual Autonomy

  • Be open to new ways of thinking and appreciate the importance of intellectual curiosity and reflection as the foundation for continuous learning.

Ethical, Social and Professional Understanding

  • Display a deep respect for others and integrity in all aspects of their personal, professional and life as a global citizen.
  • Work with people from diverse backgrounds with inclusiveness, open-mindedness and integrity.

Communication

  • Negotiate and create shared understandings by respectfully interacting with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Confidently and coherently communicate, orally and in writing, to a professional standard in major fields of study.
  • Display leadership by inspiring others in personal, professional and global contexts.
  • Employ technologies effectively in communicating information relevant to practice in major fields of study.

See Graduate Attributes Project for more information.