PSY172 - Group Dynamics

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Subject Title
Group Dynamics

Subject Description
More than ever before organizations recognize the value of individuals who possess the skills to work effectively with others in cooperative, team-based environments. This subject will assist you in developing and enhancing your abilities to interact effectively in group situations without sacrificing your creative intellect and independence of thought. Different types of group situations will be explored together with the styles of leadership appropriate to each.

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Sciences and Social Sciences category.

NOTE: This subject may NOT be applied for credit if combined with any of the following subjects:
PSY340 (Interpersonal Communications)
COM470 (Interpersonal Communications)
APC100 (Applied Professional Communications)

Students that are enrolled in ECE program cannot take PSY172 to gain a general education credit as it is too similar to core courses in the program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

- Discuss key factors affecting the successful functioning of groups

- Describe, with examples functions of groups and the roles of group members

- Outline, evaluate, and apply leadership theory

- Describe how temperament affects group functioning

- Explain the value of conflict in groups, and describe how to resolve conflict within groups

- Discuss how diversity (including, but not limited, to cultural diversity) affects groups

- Effectively evaluate the functioning of an in-class group, using group theory

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.