This course focuses on teams and the dynamics that help teams achieve their goals. Course content examines best team practices that can be used successfully in a variety of settings. Participating as a team member in several assignments gives students an appreciation of how effective team membership often involves doing more than what is required.
The course project, Team Project: Using Strategies to Build an Effective Team, involves working with assigned team members to produce a final, written product. Each team identifies a problem to be solved, works to assign roles, responsibilities, and a timeline, and works through the team dynamics, applying new strategies as necessary.
Course Learning Objectives
- Distinguish between effective and ineffective teams.
- Evaluate the role of team purpose and commitment in creating effective teams.
- Develop skills for effective team communication, including skills for improving collaboration and conflict management.
- Analyze the relationship between team structure and team communication.
- Apply concepts of team leadership to analyzing team communication, particularly in team meetings.
- Develop strategies for increasing accountability on teams.
- Analyze the relationship between team diversity and team effectiveness.
- Synthesize research, discussions and experiences with team communication into a final reflection paper.