The group discussion is just one part of the work load, Every week you submit a weekly summary, The classes last 6 weeks, there is a paper due every week. Some of them are long papers. others are throw away, busy work. Every course has a group project. There is power in a group. A group that works together is stronger than one person. I have never found a group that gave a consolidated team effort. I have never seen a group that worked together in this aspect. Some of the common excuses for not doing their share; I had to work overtime.....My cat died.....I'm sick....., I realize these are all good excuses, but I do not want to do anyone else's part, I could hardly do my own. When you commit to college, you take on a responsibility to those in your group, as well as to yourself. I just could not count on my classmates. What did they care, they did not know me. It was a lot of work, I really enjoyed it, the course is full of valuable information, but you can't control who you are paired up with. UOP has the best library I have ever encountered, I was in the MSN program. By the way, I have my BSN, does not do you any good. No more money, no more opportunity.