HR9451 - Effective Team Working

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will give you an understanding of the differences between a group of people, and an effective team. It will enable you to develop the behaviours, attributes and skills to improve the effectiveness of any team you are working in. Drawing on your own live experiences of working in various teams whilst on this programme, you will be introduced to theories, concepts and models that you can apply and test in practice to develop the effectiveness of your team, and your own effectiveness as a team member. You will develop ways to flourish in a work-based team learning environment and develop your abilities of critical self-reflection and self-awareness, thereby increasing your own personal impact.

The module will cover the following themes:

• Transition to Higher Education and induction to Team Academy Newcastle – the challenges of higher Education and how to overcome them
• The purpose and benefit/disadvantages of working in a team
• Team roles & responsibilities – the importance of playing to strengths
• Valuing diversity and managing conflict in teams – exploiting the creative potential offered
• Team dynamics – how teams evolve
• Motivation and influence in teams – of yourself and others
• Leadership in teams – what style is appropriate when
• Coaching in teams – being coached and coaching
• Learning in teams – and how it’s different to learning individually
• Networking – locally, nationally and internationally
• Dialogue - the discipline of collective thinking and inquiry

How will I learn on this module?

You will supported by a Teaching and Learning Plan (TLP) which outlines the contact time in facilitated sessions (workshops), and provides details of tutor-directed independent study/learning with particular emphasis in this module on constructive alignment in assessment and feedback, and the development of employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship skills.

The aim of the sessions will be to introduce the core principles of effective team working. This will be aided by the extensive use of case studies and examples to ensure you can see how this knowledge can be applied.

Facilitated learning opportunities will offer you the chance to apply theory to your teams. You will be encouraged to critically review your own and other students’ work which will help your develop towards the achievement of the Northumbria Graduate Characteristics. You will be given space and support to allow for formative and summative assessment, as well as opportunities for self-reflection and peer review of effective contribution to team working.

Facilitated sessions will include module specific sessions, as well as team coaching and reading group sessions which will facilitate learning across all programme modules. You will also be expected to engage and participate actively in a substantial amount of self-directed team working to support your learning on this module and to develop your capacity and confidence as an effective learner.

Directed learning will focus on pre-reading, activity based learning through specially designed exercises, and the use of the e-Learning Portal (eLP). Independent learning will be based upon your own initiative in further exploring and researching areas of interest.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

This module will be designed and managed by the designated module tutor who will be responsible for guiding you in your engagement and learning on this module. Academic guidance will be provided in facilitated sessions and via email where appropriate. All relevant instructions and notes will be accessible online and through mobile devices via the e-Learning Portal (eLP).

You will also have access to the Development Portal (technology enhanced learning) to explore the rich variety of supportive exercises and other learning resources structured around the Employability and Leadership attributes; “Collaborate” being especially relevant to this module.
The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan (TLP) which outlines the formal sessions, together with the student-initiated independent learning, tutor-directed independent study and team activities. An interactive approach to facilitated learning sessions will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and your own experiences. Throughout, the emphasis will be on high levels of participation, both individually and within teams. Participants can therefore expect the reflective-practitioner approach to learning to be embedded in all facilitated sessions through undertaking activities which promote the application of theory to practice.
Tutor-guided independent learning will include a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for facilitated sessions, use of the e-learning platform and other on-line resources, group work and individual and team challenges, together with reflection on these activities.

Student-initiated independent learning will centre upon you identifying and pursuing areas of interest in relation to the subject area or by providing deeper/broader knowledge and understanding of the subject through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, reflection, research etc.
Critical reflection on knowledge, experience and practice underpins the learning and teaching philosophy along with the explicit development of competence.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

You will be expected to achieve the following:

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of some of the key underlying concepts and principles of effective team working.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Evaluate some of the underlying concepts and principles of effective team working and reflect on how their application can improve the effectiveness of the teams you are a member of.

3. Critically reflect on your learning and its impact on the effectiveness of the teams you are a member of.

4. Identify and understand the qualities and transferable skills necessary for contribution as a “capable individual” in a team context in a business and other organisational environments.


Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Understand the cultural and ethical contexts in which teams are built and within which teams operate in businesses and organisations and some of their implications.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment will be as follows:

• (50%) Team Learning Contract
(MLO’s addressed = 1, 4)

• (50%) Individual Reflective Report
(MLO’s addressed = 1, 2,3,4,5)



• Feedback received from peers and academic staff on performance and evidence of conducting directed and independent learning activities in group work, assignment discussion and reflection, team coaching sessions, reading group sessions and other theory and practice related discussions. Criteria will be provided to enable participants to understand what is expected of them and how they will be assessed on their performance. Participants are required to demonstrate self-reflection and reflective practice.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This “Effective Team Working” module will enable you to develop the behaviours, attributes and skills to improve the effectiveness of any team you are working in. Drawing on your own experiences of working in various teams whilst on this programme, you will be introduced to theories, concepts and models that you can apply and test in practice to develop the effectiveness of your team, and your own effectiveness as a team member. You will develop ways to flourish in a work-based team learning environment and develop your abilities of critical self-reflection and self-awareness, thereby increasing your own personal impact, your chances of success on this programme and in your future career. Developing your employability, this module will develop many of the skills most valued by employers such as communication skills, learning how to learn, personal development planning, and team working.

Course info

UCAS Code N1N4

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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