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Teaching Teamwork to Engineers

Engineering has never been more competitive—emerging from the recession, engineering firms are leaner than ever and accustomed to achieving more with less, satisfying more demands from clients, and meeting shorter deadlines. What else can an already-lean company do to operate even more efficiently and gain a competitive edge?

The answer is team-building.

Amnong several important points highlighted in this article, two recommendations are worth considering:

Oh No! Plagiarism!

Dear Group Work Guru,

I am freaking out. I am the editor of my team's group project and I am pretty sure that one of our group members plagiarized their section. What I am supposed to do now?

Help help help!

Freaked out Frosh

P.S. Help help help!

Dear Frosh,

I'm very sorry that this is happening to you.

Plagiarism is a very serious offense in universities. It's serious enough to get you expelled.

Inspiring quote

Here's some mid-term group work inspiration:

If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
- African proverb


YOU have something to contribute

Dear Group Work Guru,

I don't think I have anything to contribute to my group. The three other students in my group are a million times smarter and more accomplished than I am. They understand what's happening in class more than I do. Isn't it best to just let them do the work?

Struggling Student


Dear Struggling Student,

No! You should never let your teammates do all the work while you do nothing. It's great that you're in a group with talented students.

Diversity and Compatibility

Group projects are designed for students to learn how to work with a variety of different types of people and negotiate different types of situations.

While it's good to find teammates that have different skills and experiences, it's also very important to make sure that you are able to work with those people.

Teamwork - A Practical Guide for Students

Teamwork is more than group work!


The 10-week term at Drexel means that we have to be extra aware of time as we move through each term.

Things to do for a successful group project (part 2)

Continued from: Things to do for a successful group project (part 1)

Remember that your work is important. Be committed to your assigned tasks.

  • Your work is important to not only yourself but also to other team members. Your quality of work will impact the entire group.
  • Ask yourself: What else do I need to learn to make sure I am not missing anything for my assignment?

Things to do for a successful group project (part 1)

Before you start with your group project, it is important to for you and your team members to  complete some tasks necessary for the completion of your group project.

Think about your project. Plan what you want to accomplish.

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