Course module - Group Processes
Code : EDUC10671 Credit rating: 10 Semester : 1
This unit aims to:
• develop students’ understanding of theories of group behaviour
• help students to recognise their personal strengths and weaknesses within a group setting.
Objectives (Learning Outcomes)
Knowledge and understanding
• have familiarity with classic research and theories in the field of group communication
• use theory to analyse and reflect on roles and behaviours in group situations
• develop their strengths and seek to improve on their weak areas
• use future group work as a means for problem solving and completing class projects
Transferable skills and personal qualities
• be prepared to use a variety of roles within future group work
• be able to work effectively as a team member in preparing and delivering a group oral presentation
1) Group poster and presentation (50%)
2) Reflective commentary: 1,500 words (50%)
Class contact : 12 hours
Preparation for class: 15 hours
Preparation for assessment : 70 hours
Total Hours : 100
Sessions will be interactive and will:
• introduce key theories of group behavior and communication
• allow students to get to know fellow group members and reflect on group communication skills
• enable students’ awareness of how they respond to different group situations and what what behaviours they adopt.
3 weeks @ 4 hours per week
This course is run intensively over the first three weeks of Semester One. Morning sessions involve tutor-led input in lectures and with group activities which are largely student-led. Afternoon sessions involve autonomous group work where students are required to undertake independent research and prepare to present their posters in the final morning session.
Baron, R. and Kerr, J. (2003) Group Process, Group Decision, Group Action (2nd ed.), Buckingham, Open University Press.
Brown, R. (2000) Group Processes: Dynamics within and between groups (2nd ed.), Oxford, Blackwell.
Douglas, T. (1995) Survival in Groups, Milton Keynes, Open University Press.
Forsyth, D. (2006) Group Dynamics (4th ed.), London, Thomson Wadsworth.
Hewstone, M. and Stroebe, W. (2001) Introduction to Social Psychology (3rd ed.), Oxford, Blackwell Publishing.
Hogg, M. and Vaughan, G. (2002) Social Psychology (3rd ed.), Harlow, Pearson Prentice Hall.
Van Knippenberg, D. and Hogg, M. (2003) Leadership and Power: Identity processes in groups and organizations, Sage Publications.