MQM2GDST-Group Dynamics & Systems Thinking

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Patricia Bossons


Summary module description:

This module looks at groups, teams and the organisational level of coaching and behavioural change. The emphasis is on developing understanding of ‘the system’ rather than the individual response, and the dynamic nature of relationships. This module covers the knowledge, understanding and practice of working with groups within a system or organisation. The module runs over 3 months, consisting of two workshops, each of three days, including a 2-hour coaching supervision session, and inter-workshop practical work and individual study.

• To increase awareness and understanding of systems thinking
• To understand and develop skills for team coaching and facilitation
• To understand and work with the relationship between the individual, the team and the organisation
• To incorporate this understanding to develop the ability to work with organisational behavioural change requirements

Assessable learning outcomes:
• Writing of a reflective piece to illustrate the understanding and application of the module
• Observed coaching and supervision sessions
• Skills in team coaching and group facilitation
• Ability to work with tools and techniques specific to this field, eg Gestalt techniques

Additional outcomes:
• Increased confidence in working with groups, both as coach, and also as a member of a group
• Increased awareness of group dynamics and the effects of a system on the behaviour of individuals
• Development of a wider range of flexibility and options for working within organizations
• Development of a wider range of methods for helping a coachee develop the ability to be effective within an organization

Outline content:
• Gestalt approaches
• Transactional analysis
• Management models, their history, impact and current use
• The psychology of systems and organisational change
• Models of team function and dysfunction
• Models of team development
• The psychology of groups
• Core concepts and approaches in family therapy
• Models of and approaches to the facilitation of groups
• Team coaching – theory and practice
• The pathology of organisations

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

• Two three day workshops, over three months. • Inter-workshop practice in learning groups, reading and reflective writing • Input sessions, plenary sessions and learning group sessions. Opportunity for all participants to experience leading and participating in various group activities • Reflection and supervision to enhance learning • Feedback from learning advisors/tutors on observed coaching and supervision sessions • Input from guest experts in the field, representing latest thinking and practice

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 40
Seminars 10
Practicals classes and workshops 50
Work-based learning 100
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:

How do groups help and hinder learning and development? What are the implications for bringing about change in an organisational setting?

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

10 marks will be deducted for an assignment submitted within 30 days of the original deadline or an approved extended deadline.

Zero marks will be awarded for an assignment submitted more than 30 days after the original deadline or an approved extended deadline.

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
1 resubmission in line with overall programme regulations

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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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