Team Dynamics – BUSI 427

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 10/27/2020

Course Description

The dynamics of building a highly functioning team in order to accomplish a goal. Examination of how to choose team members and how to manage the team to deliver successful results.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Teams fail for many reasons, but when one filters all of those reasons down to their essence, it is because of team dynamics. Understanding how to build effective teams and communicating within those teams is essential to team performance. This course will give students this understanding as well as tools to overcome typical team dysfunctions.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply theories of the life cycle of teams.
  2. Evaluate the impact of internal and external forces on the behaviors of individuals in teams.
  3. Evaluate the roles of individuals within a group.
  4. Create group leadership requirements.
  5. Integrate biblical principles within the field of leadership.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic. The threads and replies will be broken up over 2 modules/weeks, with the thread in the first module/week and the reply in the following. Each thread must be at least 500 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least 3 scholarly references in current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words and contain at least 1 scholarly reference in current APA format.

4-MAT Paper

The student will write a 2,000–2,500-word research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on his/her reaction to The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni. The paper will follow the 4-MAT method for analyzing a book. The course textbooks and the Bible may be used as references. Any references used must be in current APA format.

Quizzes (6)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 30 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 50-minute time limit.