Team Dynamics for Managers

Team Dynamics for Managers

|[pic] |Course Design Guide | | |College of Social Sciences | | |PSY/430 Version 5 | | |Team Dynamics for Managers |

Copyright © 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001 by University of Phoenix. All rights reserved. Course Description This course provides an exploration into how managers and employees work in groups for the completion of organizational objectives. Emphasis is placed on the growing dependency on self-directed work teams in the workplace. This course equips student with the ability to manage work teams, work in teams successfully, and to obtain results via team dynamics. In addition, impacts upon customer satisfaction are explored. Policies

Faculty and students/learners will be held responsible for understanding and adhering to all policies contained within the following two documents: • University policies: You must be logged into the student website to view this document. • Instructor policies: This document is posted in the Course Materials forum. University policies are subject to change. Be sure to read the policies at the beginning of each class. Policies may be slightly different depending on the modality in which you attend class. If you have recently changed modalities, read the policies governing your current class modality. Course Materials Engleberg, I. N. Wynn, D. R. (2010). Working in groups. (5th ed. ). [University of Phoenix Custom Edition e-text] Boston, MA: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon. Retrieved from University of Phoenix, PSY/430—Team Dynamics for Managers Course website.. All electronic materials are available on the student website. |Week One: Effective Communication in Diverse Groups | | |Details |Due |Points | |Objectives |Explain the relationship between group member diversity and communication style. | | | |Determine effective use of verbal and nonverbal interaction in groups. | | | | |Describe the importance of listening and effective listening techniques. | | | | |Determine appropriate methods of group facilitation. | | | |Readings |Read Ch. 1 of Working in Groups. | | | |Readings |Read Ch. of Working in Groups. | | | |Readings |Read Ch. 3 of Working in Groups. | | | |Readings |Read Ch. 4 of Working in Groups. | | | |Readings |Read Ch. 7 of Working in Groups. | | | |Readings |Read Ch. 8 of Working in Groups. | | | |Readings |Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. | | |Selection of Teammates |By Thursday, please let me know in your Individual forum if you could work with people |By Thursday of | | | |outside your time-zone. |Week One | | | | | | | | |On Friday, I will post a note in the Main forum with the names of the people in each team. | | |Participation |Participate in class discussion. | |2 | |Discussion Questions |Respond to weekly discussion questions. |By Friday of the |2 | | | |first week. | | |Article Review |Complete and Submit article review to thread in Main forum for it. |By Sunday of the |3 | | | |first week. | | |Search through the Electronic Resource Reading list consisting of articles from UOPX’s Online| | | | |Library. | | | | | | | | | |Share with your teammates which article you plan to review so that each member reviews a | | | | |different article. | | | | | | | | |Coordinate with teammates so that everyone in your team summarizes a different article. | | | | | | | | | |Submit two aragraphs and a quotation to the Main forum in reply to the post I will be | | | | |posting. | | | | |In the first paragraph, provide a short summary of the article. (100 to 150 words) Add an APA| | | | |citation. | | | |In the second paragraph, relate the information to your work, social, and/or home life. (100 | | | | |to 150 words) | | | | |For the quotation from the article, explain why you think it is an important quote. 50 to 75| | | | |words) Add an APA citation. | | | | |Provide an APA formatted reference. | | | |Individual |Review the Working in Groups videos located on your student website. Choose three of the four|By Monday, the |8 | |Group Communication Video |videos to watch. last day of the | | |Cases | |first week, | | | | | | | | |Review the grading form and use the sample paper provided for this assignment in the Course | | | | |Materials forum. | | | | | | | | | | | | | |Write a 200- to 300-word response to each video clip by answering the following questions. | | | | | | | | |Choose one video that you will use to discuss the relationship between group member diversity| | | | |and communication style. What diversity existed in the group? How did this affect the group | | | | |members’ communication styles?

Was diversity a hindrance to communication? Determine two | | | | |communication methods that could have been used to better facilitate the group. | | | | | | | | | |Choose another video and describe the verbal and nonverbal interaction among the members of | | | | |the group.

What were these interactions communicating? Were they helping or hindering the | | | | |group process? Come up with two communication methods that could have been used to better | | | | |facilitate the group. | | | | | | | | | |Watch the third video and determine the listening techniques used by members of the group. | | | |Describe the importance of listening in group communication and relate it to this scenario. | | | | |Were the listening techniques used in this situation effective? If not, which effective | | | | |techniques should have been used to better facilitate the group process? | | | | | | | | | | | | | |Resources: Three Resources: (1) textbook, (2) one article from the Electronic Reserve | | | | |Readings or another article in UOPX’s Online Library, and (3) one other resource or another | | | | |article from UOPX’s Online Library. | | | |Format your paper according to APA standards. | | | | | | | | | |Include title-sheet, levels with subheadings, citations, and references. | | | |Use sample paper and review grading form; both provided in Course Materials forum. | | | | | | | | | |Submit to the Assignment Section. | | | Week One Individual Participation (2)

Discussion Questions (2) Article Review (3) Group Communication Video Cases (8) Individual Total: 15 |Week Two: Cohesion and Decision-Making | | |Details |Due |Points | |Objectives | | | | | |Evaluate individual strengths that apply to the group process. | | | |Apply conflict management techniques to group conflicts. | | | | |Identify problem-solving techniques that facilitate group decision-making. | | | |Readings |Read Ch. 9 of Working in Groups. | | | |Readings |Read Ch. 10 of Working in Groups. | | | |Readings |Read Ch. 1 of Working in Groups. | | | |Readings |Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. | | | |Participation |Participate in class discussion. | |2 | |Discussion Questions |Respond to weekly discussion questions. |By Friday of the |2 | | | |second week | | |Individual |See description in Week One. By Friday of the |3 | |Article Review | |second week | | |Individual |This two-part assignment enables you to reflect on your individual strengths and | | | |Rough Draft |problem-solving skills as they apply to the group process and decision-making. |5 | | | | | | |Individual Strengths and |Review the grading form and use the sample paper provided for this assignment in the Course | | | |Problem-Solving Techniques |Materials forum. | | |paper | | | | | |Prepare a 1,050- to 1,750-word paper formatted according to APA guidelines.

The paper must be| | | | |organized according to the following categories: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |Part 1: Individual Strengths and the Group Process | | | | | | | | | |Describe a group setting or scenario in which you have worked or of which you are | | | | |currently a part. | | | | | | | | | |What are the strengths and skills that you have brought to this group setting? How have they | | | | |benefited the group? | | | | | | | | |Are there any drawbacks your strengths and skills have brought to the group? Describe how | | | | |they have affected the group. | | | | | | | | | |How have other group members’ strengths and skills affected the group process? | | | | | | | | |What are some skills you could improve to foster a more effective group environment? How can | | | | |you improve these skills? | | | | | | | | | |Part 2: Problem Solving Techniques and Group Decision Making | | | | | | | | | |What problem solving techniques do you know or use regularly? | | | | | | | | |How do your techniques influence group decisions? | | | | | | | | | |What other problem solving techniques could you use when making group decisions? | | | | | | | | | |What can you do to develop or improve your problem solving techniques? | | | | | | | | | | | | | |Resources: Three Resources: (1) textbook, (2) one article from the Electronic Reserve | | | | |Readings or another article in UOPX’s Online Library, and (3) one other resource or another | | | | |article from UOPX’s Online Library. | | | | |Format your paper according to APA standards. | | | | | | | | | |Include title-sheet, abstract, levels with subheadings, citations, and references. | | | | | | | | |Use sample paper and review grading form; both provided in Course Materials forum. | | | | | | | | | |On the last day of the second week, submit a working draft of the Job Redesign and Workplace | | | | |Rewards Assessment to the three reviewing services in the Center for Writing Excellence (CWE)| | | | |for evaluation: (1) Write Point, (2) Tutor Review, and (3) Plagiarism Checker. | | | | | | | | |On the last day of the second week, provide proof of your submission by taking a Screen-Shot | | | | |of the My Papers page showing the submission to three reviewing services. | | | | | | | | | |Submit the Screen-Shot to your Individual forum. | | | | | | | | | |In the subject line, type the words, “Screen-Shot. | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |On the third day of the third week (Thursday), download all three reviews. | | | | | | | | | |Write Point and Plagiarism Checker take 15 minutes to an hour to complete. | | | | | | | | | |Tutor Review takes two to three days to complete. | | | | |By the last day of| | | |Write Point and Tutor Review are Word documents that are easily saved. |the second week | | | | | | | | |The Turnitin report is saved by clicking on the icon, which looks like a piece of paper with | | | | |a downward arrow. It is on the far right of the page. | | | | |By the last day of| | | |Submit them to your Individual forum. |the second week | | | | | | | | |In the subject line, type the words, “Copies of the Results of the Three Reviewing Services” |By the third day | | | | |of the third week. | |Learning Team |For the Charter, in the first section, complete with the necessary information from each of |By Saturday of the|5 | |Charter and Timeline |the members. In the remaining sections ((1) Team Ground Rules and Guidelines, (2) |second week | | | |Expectations for Time Management and Involvement, (3) Ensuring Fair and Even Contribution and| | | | |Collaboration, and (4) Special Considerations. ) complete each as a collaborative effort | | | | |rather than simply submissions from each member. | | | | | | | | |Do not say member A thinks one of the Ground Rules and Guidelines should be that everyone | | | | |posts every day in the learning team forum. Then, member B thinks everyone should post every | | | | |other day, while, member C thinks every three days is fine. In other words, collaborate as a | | | | |team to make one list for each of the following sections: In this way, I will know that | | | | |everyone agrees with each other. Additionally, be sure to answer all questions in relation to| | | | |each section. | | | | | | | | |For the timeline, use the one in the Course Materials forum. Be sure to include what each | | | | |member is to do each week to satisfy the successful completion of the project and how the | | | | |team will know that it has been completed. Include dates as to when each step is to be | | | | |finished. | | | | | | | | |Collaboratively complete both the charter and timeline. | | | | |Submit to Assignment Section. | | | Week Two Individual Participation (2) Discussion Questions (2) Article Review (3) Rough Draft: Individual Strengths and Problem-Solving Techniques Paper (5) Learning Team Charter and Timeline (5) Individual Total: 12 Learning Team Total: 5 Week Three: Group Member Roles and Responsibilities | | |Details |Due |Points | |Objectives | | | | | |Identify group member roles and responsibilities. | | | | | | | | | |Identify the qualities of an effective group leader. | | | | | | | | |Explain methods of managing difficult group members. | | | |Readings |Read Ch. 5 of Working in Groups. | | | |Readings |Read Ch. 12 of Working in Groups. | | | |Readings |Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. | | | |Participation |Participate in class discussion. | |2 | |Discussion Questions |Respond to weekly discussion questions. By Friday of |2 | | | |the third week | | |Individual |See the details in the first week. |By Friday of |3 | |Article Review | |the third week | | |Individual |Use the results of the three reviewing services to correct any grammar, punctuation, and APA |By the last day|14 | |Final Draft |mechanical errors. |of the third | | | | |week | | |Individual Strengths and |Submit to the Assignments Section. | | |Problem-Solving Techniques | | | | |Paper | | | | |Learning Team |Each team member identifies a conflict that he or she has recently encountered while working |By the last day|10 | |Conflict Resolution |in a group. |of the third | | | | |week | | | |These groups could be work groups or school learning teams. | | | | | | | | |As a team, discuss the conflicts and choose one to focus for the team assignment. | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |Review the grading form and use the sample paper provided for this assignment in the Course | | | | |Materials forum. | | | | | | | | | | | | | |Prepare a 700- to 1,050-word paper in which the team describes the group conflict scenario | | | | |and propose a possible solution. | | | | | | | | | |The focus of the paper should not be on the conflict and possible solution, but on the | | | | |process, the group followed in coming to a solution.

In the paper, be sure to address the | | | | |following questions: | | | | | | | | | |Describe the past situation of the conflict, the reasons for the conflict, and the proposed | | | | |solution. | | | | | | | | | |How did individuals in the group use their personal strengths to devise a solution to the | | | | |conflict? | | | | | | | | |What conflict management techniques were used to solve the problem? | | | | | | | | | |How did the group arrive at a decision? | | | | | | | | | |What other conflict management techniques could the group have applied to solve the problem? | | | | | | | | |Resources: Three Resources: (1) textbook, (2) one article from the Electronic Reserve | | | | |Readings or another article in UOPX’s Online Library, and (3) one other resource or another | | | | |article from UOPX’s Online Library. | | | | |Format your paper according to APA standards. | | | | | | | | | |Include title-sheet, abstract, levels with subheadings, citations, and references. | | | | | | | | |Use sample paper and review grading form; both provided in Course Materials forum. | | | | | | | | | |Submit to the Assignment Section. | | | Week Three Individual Participation (2) Discussion Questions (2) Article Review (3) Final Draft: Individual Strengths and Problem-Solving Techniques Paper (14) Learning Team Conflict Resolution (10) Individual Total: 21 Learning Team Total: 10 Week Four: Implementing Group Motivation Strategies and Rewards | | |Details |Due |Points | |Objectives | | | | | |Determine appropriate group incentives for reaching goals. | | | | | | | | | |Design rewards based on effective group dynamics and desired results. | | |Readings |Read Ch. 6 of Working in Groups. | | | |Readings |Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. | | | |Participation |Participate in class discussion. | |2 | |Discussion Questions |Respond to weekly discussion questions. |By Friday of |2 | | | |the fourth week| | |Individual |See the details in the first week. By Friday of |3 | |Article Review | |the fourth week| | |Individual |Complete the “Group Motivation Inventory” at the end of Ch. 6 of the textbook. Determine your|By the last day|10 | |Group Motivation Inventory |score and post it to your Individual forum and your Learning Team forum. |of the fourth | | |Paper | |week | | | |Review the grading form and use the sample paper provided for this assignment in the Course | | | | |Materials forum. | | | | | | | | |Then write a 1,400- to 1,800-word paper, formatted consistent with APA guidelines, that | | | | |includes the following information: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |Scoring and Interpretation of Group Motivation Inventory | | | | | | | | | |Were the group expectations unclear or unreasonable? What did you like about the | | | | |expectations, and what did you dislike? | | | | | | | | |Did some members make it difficult for others to participate? Why was working with them | | | | |difficult? | | | | | | | | | |Are some members doing most of the interesting work, while others do routine assignments? In | | | | |the future, what can you do to make sure the interesting work is shared? | | | | | | | | |Were some members ignored? What could you have done to help people not feel this way? | | | | | | | | | |Personal Interpretations | | | | | | | | | |Describe what you learned about yourself in this exercise. | | | | | | | | |How does this knowledge affect the way you interact in groups? | | | | | | | | | |What will you do differently in future groups as a result of this exercise? | | | | | | | | | |Based on your results, what may you do to be more motivated? | | | | | | | | |What incentives would help you be more motivated when working in a group? | | | | | | | | | |What considerations would you have to make for incentives when group members’ motivations are| | | | |different? | | | | | | | | | | | | | |Resources: Three Resources: (1) textbook, (2) one article from the Electronic Reserve | | | | |Readings or another article in UOPX’s Online Library, and (3) one other resource. | | | | | | | | | |Format your paper according to APA standards. | | | | | | | | |Include title-sheet, abstract, levels with subheadings, citations, and references. | | | | |Use sample paper and review grading form; both provided in Course Materials forum. | | | | | | | | | |Submit to the Assignment Section. | | | Week Four Individual Participation (2) Discussion Questions (2) Article Review (3) Group Motivation Inventory Paper (10) Individual Total: 17 Week Five: Group Presentation Tools | | |Details |Due |Points | |Objectives | | | | | |Identify advantages and disadvantages of using presentation aids in group presentations. | | | |Readings |Read Ch. 13 of Working in Groups. | | | |Readings |Read Ch. 14 of Working in Groups. | | | |Readings |Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. | | | |Participation |Participate in class discussion. | |2 | |Article Review |See the details in the first week. |By Friday of |3 | | | the fifth week | | |Learning Team |Write a 2,150- to 2,500-word paper, formatted consistent with APA guidelines, that includes |By the last day|10 | |Group Incentives and |the following information: |of the fifth | | |Problem-Solving Techniques | |week | | | |Review the grading form and use the sample paper provided for this assignment in the Course | | | | |Materials forum. | | | | | | | | | |Incentives | | | | | | | | | |Each member is to compile his or her team results from the “Group Motivation Inventory” in a | | | | |brief, informal summary. | | | | | | | | |Each member is to discuss the team incentives each team member identified in his or her | | | | |individual assignment. | | | | | | | | | |As a team, explain how each member’s incentives will help this team achieve desired results. | | | | | | | | | |As a team, design two incentives created specifically for this team’s dynamics. | | | | | | | | | | | | | |Problem-Solving Techniques | | | | | | | | | |Name two problem-solving techniques this team used in the last five weeks? What were the | | | | |reasons for using them? | | | | | | | | |Which problem-solving techniques were helpful, and which ones were not beneficial? | | | | | | | | | |What other problem solving techniques could this team have used during the past five weeks | | | | |when making group decisions? | | | | | | | | |Resources: Three Resources: (1) textbook, (2) one article from the Electronic Reserve | | | | |Readings or another article in UOPX’s Online Library, and (3) one other resource or another | | | | |article from UOPX’s Online Library. | | | | |Format your paper according to APA standards. | | | | | | | | | |Include title-sheet, abstract, levels with subheadings, citations, and references. | | | | |Use sample paper and review grading form; both provided in Course Materials forum. | | | | | | | | |Submit to the Assignment Section. | | | |Learning Team |Prepare a 10- to 12-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint presentation with speaker notes, in which the|By the last day|5 | |Presentation Tools |team identifies advantages and disadvantages of using presentation aids in group |of the fifth | | | |presentations.

Address the following in your presentation: |week | | | | | | | | |Describe four different presentation aids used in group presentations. | | | | | | | | | |Identify the advantages of your selected aids when used in group presentations. | | | | | | | | |Identify the disadvantages of your selected aids when used in group presentations. | | | | | | | | | |Resources: Two Resources: (1) textbook, and (2) one other resource. | | | | |Format the presentation according to APA standards. | | | | | | | | |Include title-sheet, citations, and references. | | | | |Include an introduction and a conclusion. | | | | |Include speaker’s notes. | | | | | | | | | |Submit to the Assignment Section. | | | Week Five Individual Participation (2) Article Review (3) Learning Team Group Incentives and Problem-Solving Techniques (10) Presentation Tools (5)

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