DYNAMICS OF GROUP DECISION MAKING
Spring Semester, 1997 -- Tuesdays, 7:30-9:50 p.m.
Course catalogue description: A course designed to examine the processes which occur among a group of decision makers with emphasis on the factors which facilitate positive outcomes. The patterns of interaction among the decision makers are identified, and students are involved in a variety of real tasks and simulations to develop an awareness of their own behavior in group situations. This course may include a weekend workshop. (Fa/Sp)
Study Groups: More than half of our class time will be
segmented into "Study Groups." Each group will consist
of about 8-12 class members. These sessions will emphasize
behavioral and emotional mastery of interpersonal and group
analytical skills. Please note that because we wish to encourage
experimentation, your activities in the Study Group are not
subject to a grade.
Seminar: Occasionally we will engage in extended discussions of the readings, emphasizing cognitive mastery of the course material. You will not benefit unless you come to class having completed all prior reading assignments.
Application Groups: Our final weeks will be spent in small Application Groups that will help you formulate ways to apply course learning to your work or school setting.
Personal Application Analyses #1 = 25%
Personal Application Analyses #2 = 35%
Personal Application Analyses #3 = 40%
Attendance (negative consequences only) = 0-100%
TOTAL = 100%
Personal Application Analysis: The PAA, described in more detail in a separate handout, is a structured discussion of your reactions to and critical analysis of events and activities during the Laboratory sessions. The PAA will include descriptions and analyses of your personal activities, thoughts and feelings as a member of the Laboratory, the impact of your behavior on others, and the ways the assigned readings increase your ability to analyze and interpret recurring group behaviors. It will also include a discussion of your personal goals or agenda for future sessions.
Attendance: Thorough preparation and regular attendance are vital not only to your own learning, but the learning of others. Classroom learning will not center solely around textbook "facts", but will require your active participation. If your job requires you to be out of town, or you miss a class for any other reason, it is your responsibility to ensure that you get the information you need to complete your assignments prior to the next regular class session. Because of the interactive nature of Study Group activities, making up missed Study Groups through alternative assignments will be essentially impossible. Therefore, no absence excuses are accepted! If you miss a Study Group for any reason, you will be in danger of having your grade lowered significantly. If you miss more than one Study Group or the weekend activity you will likely be given a failing grade.
The specific weekly readings will depend on group developmental issues and emergent learning needs as determined by the laboratory staff. We will assign readings as far in advance as practical. Assignments subject to change at any time!