I'm a fourth year college student and my course is Bachelor of Science in Information Technology... And it is required for us all to develop a system that we can defend before a panel of judges... and each group is made up of three to four members... conflict within a group cannot be evaded but any suggestions on what is the best approach to handle them..
Start doing the work. ...Get a big part done, then lead on, asking them to keep up, really. ...It puts you into a leader role, lets you shape your vision, and gains their appreciation without resentment. ...Face it, the job needs to get done, and if they've made it this far, they probably aren't the kind of folks who would just screw you, and not do anything.
If you distribute the total work in smaller modules and make arrangement so that every individual or two can handle a module, conflict can be avoided.The team should be egoless.The top level(decision makers) should be a little autocratic in nature and bottom level or the actual worker should
be democratic in nature.There is a separate paper in management studies which deals with conflict management and leadership qualities.So this place is too small to discuss all of them.
I realize this is really late, but another thing you can do is set up "office hours" of a sort. Come up with a time and a place for the whole group to work as a united front. ...At least you'll be getting hours from your members. ...Quality... ...Hopefully comes too. Worst case: "Social hour".