Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Introduction to Working with Groups
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Diary  Reflective diary of own practice (1500 words)  50%
Semester Exam 8 Hours   Oral Presentation  Oral presentation on group work skills  Departmental exam to be held during examination period - all day event  25%
Semester Assessment Evaluation  Evaluation of group work practice (750 words)  25%
Supplementary Assessment Diary  All failed elements of assessment must be retaken if the students average mark falls below the pass mark of 40%. New titles will be given for retaken assignments. Reflective diary of own practice (1500 words) (using substantially different cases and experiences from the first assessment)   50%
Supplementary Assessment Evaluation  All failed elements of assessment must be retaken if the student's average mark falls below the pass mark of 40%.  25%
Supplementary Assessment Presentation/Assignment  Oral presentation on group work skills. If it is not possible to hold an oral presentation then students will be required to provide an additional written assignment on their own practice in relation to play (750 words).   25%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Identify the advantages and disadvantages of working with groups

Describe ways in which behaviourist and cognitive principles apply to group behaviour.

Identify ways of managing destructive group processes.

Demonstrate a range of skills in the effective facilitation of groups

Analyse their own groupwork skills in relation to theoretical models of groupwork.

Brief description

The success of many educational projects depends on successful work in groups, whether made up of people from the local community, project workers or volunteers.

Working effectively with groups is also a vital skill for all those who manage staff or volunteers, or who work with groups of clients in education or social work.

This course will help you understand group processes and develop skills in the effective facilitation of groups.


Lectures will be based on the following:
1. Advantages and limitations of working with groups
2. Planning a group
3. Stages of group development: Tuckman's model
4. Group interactions and roles: Belbin
5. Group interaction: counseling models
6. Leadership roles and styles
7. Behaviourist and cognitive principles of group behaviour
8. Managing destructive group processes
9. Demonstration and evaluation of skills
10. Self evaluation of personal and professional development

Seminars will be based on the following:
1. Why work in groups?
2. Roles needed in group work
3. Evaluating group work
4. Group work in community educational settings
5. Self reflection

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Students will be encouraged to use and interpret statistical information relating to subjects studied on the course.
Communication Through contribution to class discussion, including assessed group work exercise. Through written assignments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Through reflective diary evaluating students' own practice. Through using tutor feedback on group and individual activities in class to develop written assignments. Through organisation of own research and assignment work.
Information Technology Through use of students' own and UWA IT facilities for presentation of class and assessed work. Students will be encouraged to use resources provided on Blackboard.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will receive information about progression to other courses and opportunities for personal development.
Problem solving Through critical evaluation of problems posed during the course, including relating course concepts to case studies and students' own experience.
Research skills Through finding information from UWA library and the Internet to prepare for written and oral work.
Subject Specific Skills Students will gain a grounding in the key vocabulary and concepts of group work.
Team work Through contribution to group work exercises and discussion.


This module is at CQFW Level 4