Lynne M Baab
Introduces a theoretical and experiential understanding of team development, consensus decision-making, sharing values, diversity, facilitation, conflict resolution, and dialogue. Theory is based on emerging views of teams and organizations as self-organizing systems.
SPRING 2007: This course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively in a variety of team environments. The lectures and activities are structured to give students a deeper awareness of individual and group dynamics and how teams operate as self-organizing systems. In addition to utiliizing a lecture format, a significant emphasis is placed on experiential learning in order to connect theory with application. Topics include assessing the need for a team, types of teams, stages of team development, assignment of roles, establishment of ground rules, work styles, team evaluations, conflict and conflict management, communication skills, mediation, and diversity. The second class session is dedicated to an adventure-based learning experience, which will be conducted on campus. The class meets for three consecutive Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on each of the following dates: March 30, April 6, and April 13, 2007.
Please note that, weather permitting, the second class session (April 6) will be held off campus in Monroe. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures, self-assessments, group projects, adventure-based activities, and reflection papers.
It is recommended that students purchase the required textbook, "Teamwork from Start to Finish" (Rees) prior to the first class session and read pages 1-95.
Class assignments and grading
Group work, project/team analysis, and written reflections are the general nature of assignments. Attendance is reqired at all class meetings. Students are expected to arrive on time and stay until the end of each session. The instructor reserves the right to deduct points for every minute that a student is late to class or departs early. Failure to attend any of the three sessions will result in a grade of no credit. Additional class policies will be included in the syllabus (to be distributed on the first day of class).
Total of 400 points possible (320 points necessary to pass the course): team project - 100 points; in-class participation - 100 points; two short reflection papers - 50 points each; one longer reflection paper - 100 points.