PSYC5518 Team Work

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Teams are a key element of most organisations and are central to effective organisational performance. Teams can take many shapes or forms, can be created for a variety of objectives, and can be put in place for a variety of durations, ranging from a few hours to permanent.
This unit covers various aspects of team work, including group dynamics and processes, team design, team effectiveness, personality and diversity in teams, shared mental models, and virtuality. Students will be introduced to the latest research and insights in these areas and have opportunities to apply their learning in practice in class exercises and assignments. The unit prepares the students to be able to provide effective guidance to organisations regarding team work design, team composition and team processes.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the major concepts, models and theories relevant to team work; (2) critically evaluate the usefulness of concepts, models or theories relating to team work for a variety of work settings and situations; and (3) confidently apply major concepts, models and theories relevant to team work.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) team project; (2) individual assignment 1; and (3) individual assignment 2. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Laura Fruhen
Unit rules
Enrolment in 73550 Master of Business Psychology (coursework), or
53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, or
01880/54580 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Contact hours
3 hours per week for 12 weeks
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]

Readings will consist of scientific publications to be provided via the Learning Management System.

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.