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PSYC4729: Groups, Teams and Systems

Coaching always takes place within the context of human systems, be they family, social networks, or workplace organisations. This unit of study considers both the theory and practice of working in human systems. At the theoretical level, students undertaking this unit will consider the major theoretical advances which aid our understanding of groups and complex human systems. These will include General systems theory, cybernetics and complex adaptive systems theories. In addition, major research findings in group and team dynamics will be covered. Students will also consider the practical implications of these theoretical approaches to coaching within organisations. Issues surrounding self organisation, leadership and control, and the management of change in complex adaptive systems will also be discussed. Students will undertake a small group project and presentation. Critical reflection upon this group work will form a key element of the assessment for this unit.

Code PSYC4729
Academic unit Psychology Academic Operations
Credit points 6
PSYC4721 and PSYC4722

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Recognize core psychological processes in group development and dynamics
  • LO2. understand a range of systemic approaches to groups including Bowen’s systems theory, complexity theory and complex adaptive systems theory
  • LO3. identify the key features of complex adaptive systems
  • LO4. develop coaching models that incorporate the insights gained from complex adaptive systems theories
  • LO5. understand the implications of systems theories for coaching practice with individuals and groups.