Understanding Group Dynamics and Team Processes (11:607:485)

Spring 2018 Syllabus

Note: There may be a few minor revisions to the syllabus throughout the semester which will be shared with you through email and on Course Announcements.

SEBS School Requirement

Fulfills Junior/Senior Colloquium



Leadership Minor

This course is part of the Leadership (607) Minor

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to become effective team members through the examination of group dynamics and team processes. You will review the characteristics of teams and learn about basic team processes, such as motivation, group cohesion and group roles. Moreover you will explore the issues that teams face, such as conflict, power and influence, problem solving, and decision making, and analyze teams and organizational culture, team building, and evaluating and rewarding teams.


Levi, Daniel. (2014). Group Dynamics for Teams, 5th Edition, SAGE Publications. ISBN: 978-1-4833-7834-3. The textbook is available at the RU Barnes and Noble Book Store or you can obtain a copy from an alternative source. A copy may also be on reserve at Chang Library.

Required Readings

Each week in this online course there are required readings. These readings are the basis for the assignments for the course. So it is essential that you complete all readings. Each reading is in the course textbook. Group Dynamics for Teams. Daniel Levi. 5th Edition.

It is essential that each enrolled student obtain the textbook. This textbook is available for purchase at the RU Barnes and Noble bookstore and through various online vendors and eBooks. A copy may also be on reserve at the Chang Library.

Course Learning Objectives

As a result of this course, students will:

  • Apply critical thinking skills to evaluate group dynamics and team processes.
  • Recognize and understand the characteristics of teams, the processes of teamwork, and how teams function within organizations.
  • Identify, demonstrate, analyze, manage, and evaluate team skills within the context of the class project.
  • Recognize, interpret, and analyze the issues facing teams including conflict, power and social influence and leadership.
  • Analyze the skills for understanding group dynamics and working effectively in groups.
  • Apply the principles of team processes by serving on a class project team.

Basis for Grading

Each student will be assessed according to the following criteria: quality and effort of work, timeliness in completing assignments, and class participation.

  1. Parker Team Player & SOS Exercises (2 Assignments - 200 points)
  2. Small Group Activity (30 points)
  3. Participation/Contribution in online Threaded Discussions (5 Discussions - 100 points)
  4. Short Essay Reaction Assignments (4 Assignments - 200 points)
  5. Quizzes (8 Quizzes - 240 points and 1 Quiz - 15 points)
  6. Group Observation Verification Form (15 points)
  7. Final Project Reflection Paper (100 points)
  8. Final Exam Paper (100 points)

Each assignment has assigned point values. Accumulation of points will result in the following grade ranges for this course:

A = 900–1000 points
B = 800–899 points
C = 700–799 points
D = 600–699 points
F = below 600 points

Academic Integrity

As an academic community dedicated to the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge, Rutgers University is committed to fostering an intellectual and ethical environment based on the principles of academic integrity. Academic integrity is essential to the success of the University's educational and research missions, and violations of academic integrity constitute serious offenses against the entire academic community. This academic integrity policy is designed to guide students as they prepare assignments, take examinations, and perform the work necessary to complete their degree requirements.

Students are required to adhere to the professional standards outlined in the Rutgers University policies on academic integrity, which are available Policy on Academic Integrity and at: Office of Student Judicial Affairs: academicintegrity.rutgers.edu/integrity.shtml.

Student With Disabilities

Rutgers University welcomes students with disabilities into all of the University's educational programs. In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, a student with a disability must contact the appropriate disability services office at the campus where you are officially enrolled, participate in an intake interview, and provide documentation. If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, your campus's disability services office will provide you with a Letter of Accommodations. Please share this letter with your instructors and discuss the accommodations with them as early in your courses as possible. To begin this process, please complete the Registration form on the ODS website.

Class Attendance and Participation Policy

Students are expected to actively participate in all of the online activities for the course as outlined in the Course Outline (see below). Attendance in the online sessions is determined by thorough, thoughtful, relevant and on time contributions made in the weekly assignments including threaded discussions, reaction papers, small group activities, and quizzes. It is expected that students will contribute/participate a minimum of 2 entries/postings to each Threaded Discussion, on time, throughout the specific week for each discussion.

The course proceeds with the assumption that students have thoughtfully read and reviewed the assigned materials. Weekly course reading assignments, online class PowerPoints and group participation exercises will clarify, elaborate, and demonstrate the major concepts of the course. Students are responsible for completion of all assigned readings, materials discussed and assignments on or before the assigned due date. Missed quizzes and threaded discussions can not be made up.

See Course Policies/Student Information Spring 2018 for additional information about participating in this course