Peer evaluation is used to calculate your peer-factor. Your share of the group grades is the product of your peer-factor and the grades the team has earned for its group assignments. The following example will illustrate how the mathematics play out.

Imagine a team consists of four people: James, Mike, Susan, and Kiri. During the peer evaluation, each team member awards 100 points amongst the other members based on their contribution to the team. Remember, that people may not allocate points to themselves.

How James allocates his points

Who

Points

James

Mike

30

Susan

34

Kiri

36

How Mike allocates his points

Who

Points

James

33

Mike

Susan

32

Kiri

35

How Susan allocates her points

Who

Points

James

34

Mike

30

Susan

Kiri

36

How Kiri allocates her points

Who

Points

James

33

Mike

30

Susan

37

Kiri

The points awarded to each individual are then totaled up as shown below:

From

From

From

From

James

Mike

Susan

Kiri

Total points

Peer factor

James

33

34

33

101

1.01

Mike

30

30

30

90

0.90

Susan

34

32

37

103

1.03

Kiri

36

35

36

107

1.07

From the table above, one might infer that Kiri is regarded as a high contributor to the team, whereas Mike is the lowest contributor.

The peer-factors are used in the following manner to determine each individuals final grade for group work. For each 0.05 above or below 1.00, the individual's share of the group grade is moved up or down. If this example team actually got a B+ grade for their group work (e.g., For the performance of their firm), they get the following grades as their share of the group grade assignments:

Group

Movement

Individual

Peer-factor

(# of 0.05s)

James

1.01

B+

none

B+

Mike

0.90

B+

2 down

B-

Susan

1.03

B+

none

B+

Kiri

1.07

B+

1 up

A-

In this way, each team members' share of group grades are distributed between the themselves.