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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS5399M Understanding and Managing Effective Groups and Teams

15 creditsClass Size: 75

Module manager: Ahmed Mostafa

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as an Elective


The overall aim of this module is to provide students with in-depth knowledge of the key issues relevant to the design of effective organisational groups and teams in relation to salient measures of effectiveness.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Identify, describe and discuss group behaviour, development, and decision making
- Critically evaluate team composition and processes, and extract the characteristics of effective teams
- Critically assess the ways in which, and to what extent, knowledge of Organisational Behaviour theory, models and concepts, are able to contribute to development and management of effective groups and teams in a variety of cultural and organisational contexts

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Apply effectively skills of analysis and critical thinking
- Express and reflect upon their leaning in oral and written form

Subject Specific
-Deploy appropriate team working and communication skills in context
- Identify and discuss the social and cultural sensitivities of team working


Indicative content:
Foundations of group behaviour
Stages of group development
Group properties (roles, norms, control and deviance)
Group cognition (decision making, rules, information sharing, group process gain and loss, group decision aids, shared cognition)
Types of teams
Team composition and processes
The creation of successful teams (including team leadership)
Team building aids
Multi-team systems

Practical tutorials and case study examples will be integrated with the theoretical teaching to reinforce learning and evaluative skills. The module uses lectures, discussions, practical exercises and assessments related to team outcomes and team processes to support students in developing their ability to critically evaluate design options.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning111.0011.00
Private study hours106.00
Total Contact hours44.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

While a formal hour each week has been factored in for group learning, further independent and group study will be required to consolidate in-class learning.

Estimated study hours are as follows:

Lecture/workshop reading: 49 hours
Group learning: 22
Assessment: 35 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will receive formative feedback throughout the module, including immediate feedback during the seminar sessions.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationGroup presentation (30 mins)30.00
ReportIndividual project report (2,000 words)70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 3,000 words coursework

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/12/2018 10:48:53


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