Group Dynamics – PSYC 405

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/02/2021

Course Description

The study of human personality in relationship to other persons, singularly and in groups. The application of the principles of group dynamics to business, industry, public and private life will be examined in theory and demonstrated with exercises.

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


Each student is involved in groups. He or she is involved in many groups from the beginning to the end of life. In order to become better participants in groups as members and/or as leaders, an understanding of group dynamics, group process, and group facilitation is imperative. Most careers involve participating in groups or working as teams. Understanding group dynamics and the accompanying skills will improve the student’s effectiveness and marketability.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate competence in the major theoretical perspectives in group dynamics.
  2. Analyze and summarize research focused on group dynamics.
  3. Evaluate processes and topics within group settings.
  4. Communicate effectively in written formats.
  5. Recognize and respect the different types of group settings.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will then complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Each student will participate in 4 Discussions throughout this course. There will be different topics for each Discussion within the assigned module: week. Each student will compose a 300-500 word thread in answer to the topic, then a 150-250 word reply to 2 classmates' threads. (MLO: A, B, D, E)

Group Interaction Report Assignments (3)

Each student will attend three different group settings. The student cannot already be in the group. The student will observe group dynamics and will write 1 report that is 2 pages in length for each group setting focused on the concepts in the textbook. The student will use the textbook as support for assertions and discussion of the group report. (MLO: B, C, D, E)

Article Review Assignments (2)

Each student will complete two article reviews of peer-reviewed, empirical research focused on topics from the textbook. The article review will discuss the methods, results, and discussion of the research and apply it to course content. (MLO: B, D)

Quizzes (17)

Major Quizzes (4)

There will be four multiple choice quizzes throughout the course. These quizzes will not be cumulative but will assess information assigned during the two weeks prior to each quiz.(MLO: A, C, E)

Chapter Quizzes (13)

Each student will complete reading quizzes each module: week for the assigned chapters. These reading quizzes can be taken multiple times within the module: week. (MLO: A, E)