The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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 (e.g., job satisfaction, wellbeing) but also organization-level outcomes (e.g., culture, staff turnover, productivity, external stakeholder relationships). 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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. understand group dynamics in the workplace from a psychological perspective

2. apply their understanding of group dynamics to a range of organisational contexts

3. develop an insight into effective ways to shape group dynamics at work


This course develops advanced knowledge and skills in group dynamics in organisations.

Topics may include:

  • negotiations,
  • mergers and restructures,
  • persuasion and influence,
  • managing stakeholder relationships, and
  • dealing with intergroup conflict.

Assumed knowledge

PSYC6000, PSYC6050

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

In Term Test: Examination: On-line

Presentation: Presentations - Group

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term