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Postgraduate Course: Dynamics of Performance Teams (EDUA11039)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe maxim that an effective group is worth more than the sum of its parts can be true, but only under certain conditions. This unit explores a number of the essential factors that contribute to making team performance effective. How teams think, communicate and act, are all explored against a pragmatic backdrop of organisational and structural considerations. Students will begin to develop an awareness of the essential components of effective teams, as well as how these might be specifically developed or fostered.
Course description This course is research-led. Members of academic staff in the Institute for Sport, Physical Education
and Health Science (ISPEHS) who contribute to this course are members of the Human
Performance research group.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Entry requires a good honours degree in a relevant discipline such as psychology, sport and exercise psychology, organisational behaviour, or sport science.
Where an applicant does not meet these requirements consideration may be given to other equivalent academic qualifications and significant professional training and experience.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 15/01/2018
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 9, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment: Tasks and Contexts

One 4000 word discursive essay selected from a range of topics pertinent to the course requiring both review of current literature and appreciation of practical implications.
Feedback Informal Feedback - This takes place during teaching, seminars and practicals throughout the semester. Your tutors will comment on your understanding of the ideas covered in the course, and may give you specific advice regarding your progress. Such feedback is intended to help you understand what your strengths and development points are, and to enable you to take informed responsibility for your learning and progression.

Cohort feedforward - Detailed feed-forward from previous cohorts of students is provided for all assessments on this course.

Formative feedback - On prospective assignment prior to submission

Summative feedback - Assignment Feedback
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Analyse the significance of group roles with regard to the performance of a team.
  2. Compare and contrast theories of leadership and evaluate the practical utility of each in practise.
  3. Summarise the interaction of roles and leadership when a team experiences conflict.
  4. Demonstrate critical awareness of evolving areas of research pertinent to the dynamics of performance teams.
  5. Formulate proposed changes to organisation and structure to enhance team effectiveness in response to specific situations.
Reading List
Collins, D., Abbott, A., & Richards, H. (2011). Performance Psychology: A Practitioner's Guide.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Graduate Attributes: knowledge and understanding

critical knowledge and understanding of the current research evidence relating to interventions pertinent to Dynamics of Performance Teams

critical knowledge and understanding of current recommendations for scientific practice of psychology, across domains, with an emphasis on performance

specialist knowledge of assessment, needs analysis, monitoring and evaluation protocols that are required to investigate clients┐ issues in the field of group dynamics

a critical awareness of principles underpinning psychological interventions and how to apply them in the design and review of appropriate interventions in the of a group

a critical understanding of research methods employed within the area of Dynamics of Performance Teams

Graduate Attributes: research and enquiry

search for, access, critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise relevant literature in order to develop their knowledge and understanding relating to Dynamics of Performance Teams

critically question current issues in group dynamics and question applied recommendations and how they relate to pertinent challenges facing the profession (e.g., development needs vs. performance)

Graduate Attributes: personal and intellectual autonomy

be independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning, and are committed to professional development, self-evaluation and self-improvement

be able to exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in academic activities, including decision making on the basis of independent thought

be able to recognise and evaluate the validity of diverse opinion in performance psychology, reflecting and evaluating this range and formulating justified and evidence-based ideas for application

Graduate Attributes: skills and abilities in communication

be able to communicate using oral and written methods to specialists (e.g., psychologists, managers & coaches in performance settings, client groups) and non-specialist audiences (e.g., performers, research participants)

be able to use communication as a means for collaborating and relating to others including staff, fellow students, research participants

be able to engage in critical discussion demonstrating listening skills, effective use of evidence and own experience to support assertions, and clear articulation of point

Graduate Attributes: personal effectiveness

have the confidence to make informed decisions relating to problems and issues in applying psychology to performance domains

be able to identify and manage risks appropriately

be able to transfer knowledge, skills and abilities from one professional context to another (e.g., business, emergency services, sport, military)

be able to effectively work collaboratively with others (e.g. peers, staff, research participants, client groups)

Graduate Attributes: technical/practical skills

be able to use data collection methods appropriate to a research project

be competent in the use of word-processing, spreadsheets and presentation software to analyse data and prepare communications effectively through oral and text based approaches

be able to plan the design of suitable and justifiable interventions targeted toward enhancing the performance of a client or client group
KeywordsPerformance Teams
Course organiserMr Hugh Richards
Tel: (0131 6)51 6092
Course secretaryMs Cristina Roman
Tel: (0131 6)51 6265
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