The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

PSYC6150

Units

10 units

Level

6000 level

Course handbook

Description

Much of organisational activity takes place in groups: people work in teams, sections and departments whose functioning depends on positive social relations both within and between them. This course provides detailed knowledge of how group and intergroup dynamics affect both individual functioning but also organisation-level outcomes. Topics such as group productivity, motivation, commitment and intergroup conflict and negotiation, will be examined with an emphasis on the application of this analysis to create a productive, harmonious, and resilient workplace.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Online

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate theory and research regarding group dynamics in the workplace from a psychological perspective

2. Explain the ways in which group dynamics shape organisational outcomes.

3. Apply theory and research on group dynamics to the workplace context

4. Develop solutions to optimise group functioning in organisations


Content

  • Groups and their implications for organisations  
  • Intragroup dynamics in organisations: Teamwork, commitment and communication
  • Intragroup dynamics in organisations: Decision-making, productivity and performance
  • Intergroup dynamics in organisations: Negotiation and conflict management
  • Intergroup dynamics in organisations: Power, influence and mobilisation
  • In depth: Towards gender equality at work

Assumed knowledge

Completion of an APAC accredited 3 year program in psychology or equivalent

OR

PSYC6000 and PSYC6050


Assessment items

In Term Test: Examination: Online - 30%

Presentation: Presentations - Group - 20%

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments - 50%


Contact hours

Online

Online Activity

Online 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term