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BSc Psychology

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Group Dynamics

Unit code PSYC11402
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Division of Psychology and Mental Health
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit provides an interactive exploration of group dynamics and leadership. Lectures will introduce students to the theoretical and empirical literature underlying effective (and ineffective) group working, while accompanying seminars will provide practical opportunities for students to develop their own team working skills. 


To provide an interactive exploration of group dynamics and team building.

To introduce students to the theoretical and empirical literature underlying effective (and ineffective) group working.

To provide practical opportunities for students to gain first-hand experience of working in small groups.

To support students in developing their own interpersonal, communication, negotiating, leadership, note-taking and reflective thinking skills.

To set up good practice guidelines for effective team work required in later parts of the programme and expected of graduate employers.


Teaching and learning methods

Topics will be covered in four hours of lectures and four hours of seminars.

E-learning provision: Lecture content, supplementary reading and resources.


Knowledge and understanding

Demonstrate an understanding of the different roles and expectations of group members at the various stages of group development.

Recognise why groups fail and appraise evidence-based strategies to maximise group success and productivity.

Identify different leadership styles and how these might impact both positively and negatively on levels of group cohesion.

Intellectual skills

Develop reflective thinking skills to evaluate their own performance in group tasks.

Critically evaluate the major stage theories of group development

Practical skills

Develop oral and written communication skills appropriate to team-working environments; confidently facilitate, guide and contribute to small group discussions; divide group tasks into smaller units and assign each member a designated role; undertake a variety of group roles (including leader, chairperson, note-taker and record keeper); collectively research, write up and deliver an oral group presentation 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Summarise theories and evidence; develop critical thinking; evaluate research; work effectively in small groups; present information in a clear oral presentation; demonstrate evidence of reflective thinking.

Assessment methods

There will be an 8 minute oral presentation followed by 2 mins of questions worth 40% of the unit. 

Students will submit a 1500 word essay in which they will reflect on their own observations and experience of group work in the light of one of the theories that they will have been taught. This is worth 60% of the unit. 

Feedback methods

Following moderation, students will receive a written report focusing on the strengths and limitations of their presentation along with a grade. 

Written feedback delivered via Blackboard.

Recommended reading

There are no key texts for this course but relevant papers will be provided electronically via Blackboard where appropriate.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 4
Seminars 4
Independent study hours
Independent study 92

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Doron Cohen Unit coordinator

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