Core Competency Self-Assessment

Communication

A screenshot from our three- minuet-long-infomercial about Herpes Simplex Virus One
A close up of the model of Herpes
Simplex Virus One that we used within
our virus infomercial

Throughout our two-week-long virus unit in Biology 11, we learned a variety of different things that all relate to viruses. Some examples are the structure of viruses, how they spread, the immune system, and immunity toward viruses. Everything that we learned can be best represented with our final virus project about herpes simplex virus one. My group consisted of three people, we all collectively worked together and agreed that an infomercial would be the best choice to demonstrate our knowledge.

When working on a group project where the criteria are solely talking and informing an audience, the core competency of communication is key to success. Initially, starting this project, we all knew that we had to keep everything organized, so we gave everyone designated responsibilities and roles to follow through on. I played the role of the director and organizer of this project, one group member played the role of researcher, and another group member played the role of the artist. My main role in this project was to direct, edit, organize, and come up with a layout for this three-minute-long infomercial. I represented communication skills doing this by communicating with my group members about new ideas or paths that I wanted this video to take. Anytime anyone had a new idea, all of us listened thoroughly and gave feedback. By doing this, we never once had a disagreement, as we all worked together to bring all of our ideas into one. I made sure that everyone was happy with the layout and editing of the infomercial by showing each group member and listening to their suggestions or feedback to make it better. One suggestion a group member gave me was to add light music to the background of the infomercial. After I added the music, the video felt complete and more professional. Overall, I wouldn’t really change much about this project as my group members and I had great teamwork and communication skills.