PSYCHOLOGY OF EFFECTIVE TEAMS

SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2C824251
Module Leader Lindsey Burns
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
Trimesters
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The focus of the module will be on effective team working using a structured team project as a means for students to explore their team working in an applied manner. Using relevant psychological theory the key psychological aspects of team working will be explored. Given the focus of the module on teams, students will be expected to work in teams to identify an issue of their choosing and to investigate it at different levels of analysis. Students will have to reflect upon the effective functioning of their team and their own individual performance within that team throughout the module and will be presented with information on teams and effective team functioning to facilitate their learning.

Syllabus

The syllabus will cover key aspects of effective team-working including: team roles, leadership understanding communication in teams dealing with conflict limits of and problems with team working It will also cover the use of online technology, and the use of a key psychological theory to understand a particular issue.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:Demonstrate an understanding of the psychological components of team-workingDemonstrate familiarity with relevant psychological theoryDemonstrate a knowledge of reflective models and an ability to reflect on their own performance Demonstrate their effective use of technology to gather, analyse and present information

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will adopt a combination of online lectures, group work, e-learning, directed and independent learning to achieve the module outcomes.

Indicative Reading

Books: Belbin, R., M (2010), Team roles at work, 2nd edn, Butterworth- Heinemann, Oxford. Lumsden, G., Lumsden, D., & Wiethoff, C. (2010).Communicating in groups and teams: Sharing leadership (5th ed.). Boston, MA;Australia;: Wadsworth Cengage Learning. Marmot, M and Wilkinson, R. (ed) (2006) Social determinants of health, Oxford University Press, Oxford. Reichman, W., Palgrave Ebook Collection. (2014). Industrial and organizational psychology help the vulnerable: Serving the underserved. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. West, M. A., (2012). Effective teamwork: Practical lessons from organizational research (3rd ed.). Malden, Mass; Chichester, West Sussex; Wiley/BPS Blackwell. Journals: Applied Psychology; Team Performance Management: An International Journal; Business and Professional Communication Quarterly; Communication Quarterly.

Transferrable Skills

In undertaking this module students will have the opportunity to develop in the following areas: collaboration; communication; interpersonal skills; teamwork, task prioritisation and time management; reflection; and the use of technologies to access and present information.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 40.00
Assessment (FT) 50.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Lectures (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 60.00 35% 6000 word team wiki
Coursework 2 n/a 40.00 35% Reflective Essay