PSYC105 Introduction to Group Dynamics

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Psychology

I. Course Number and Title
PSYC105 Introduction to Group Dynamics
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Reading Placement Test score Level 3 or higher or READ110 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course satisfies the General Education requirement in Critical Thinking.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course focuses on the communication behavior of individuals within group structures. Didactic and experiential techniques are used to explore the stages of group development, decision-making techniques, group problems and problem solving, resolution skills, norms, structures, leadership, authority, membership, ethics, cultural sensitivity, and the intra-and inter-personal dynamics within small groups.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. define a group;
    2. explain the major theories of group development;
    3. describe methods for identifying group problems and develop appropriate strategies for their resolution [Critical Thinking];
    4. demonstrate effective communication and decision making skills in small group settings;
    5. identify issues in group dynamics, such as group norms, structures, leadership, authority, membership, cultural sensitivity, and ethics; and
    6. describe the interpersonal and their own intrapersonal reactions within the context of the group.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The following topics are presented:

    1. definition of a group
    2. theories and stages of group development
    3. verbal and non-verbal communication
    4. roles and leadership in groups
    5. power in group strategies
    6. conflict management in groups
    7. ethics
    8. cultural sensitivity
    9. competent communication
    10. decision making
    11. intra- and interpersonal group dynamics
    12. group norms, structure, and authority
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Exams, quizzes, classroom exercises, group exercises, class participation, and/or projects as specified in the individual instructor's course format will be utilized.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Students use educational resources as specified in the individual instructor's syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 11/98; Core Goals/Objectives added 5/03; Revised 3/2010; New Core 8/2015