Ban group assignments at Melbourne University
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People deserve to be graded individually, it's just fair.
I was recently in a group assignment at uni and two of my partners did not submit any of their parts days before the due date. I'm not blaming them at all, in fact some of them were going through some personal matters, I get it, it's fine, it happens. However when I told the uni about this I was told I could not submit just my part and needed to submit the whole thing. They granted me an extra week to write an extra 2000 words and that was my only alternative. I did express that this would not be an easy task as I'm super duper busy and its not like I actively could free time in the next week to carry on such a task.
Never the less, with this being the only option uni gave me I worked as hard as I could to do this extra work (whilst also having a million other tasks to juggle that week). I ended up submitting (with much difficulty) and begged for my situation to be taken into consideration. I ended up failing the assignment with no feedback acknowledging that I probably did 3-4 times more work than any other student in the subject (thanks!). Again I'm not putting an onus on my group partners I just think group assignments in general are an injustice and if members can't complete their parts the uni needs to have alternative avenues in place and not make students finish the whole thing themselves. Please share this around.
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