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
- 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
Course Learning Goals
- define a group;
- explain the major theories of group development;
- describe methods for identifying group problems and develop appropriate strategies for their resolution [Critical Thinking];
- demonstrate effective communication and decision making skills in small group settings;
- identify issues in group dynamics, such as group norms, structures, leadership, authority, membership, cultural sensitivity, and ethics; and
- describe the interpersonal and their own intrapersonal reactions within the context of the group.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
The following topics are presented:
- definition of a group
- theories and stages of group development
- verbal and non-verbal communication
- roles and leadership in groups
- power in group strategies
- conflict management in groups
- cultural sensitivity
- competent communication
- decision making
- intra- and interpersonal group dynamics
- group norms, structure, and authority
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsExams, quizzes, classroom exercises, group exercises, class participation, and/or projects as specified in the individual instructor's course format will be utilized.
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