Leadership & Group Dynamics PSY 300
Francis Marion University

Instructor: William P. Wattles, Ph.D. Office: CEMC 236A Phone: 661-1639
Class meets: Tuesday-Thursday 11:20-12:35, CEMC 229D
Office Hours: 8:30-10:30 Monday through Friday & by appointment
E-mail: wwattles@fmarion.edu Web page: www.willbike.com/university 

Text:
Forsyth, D. R. (1999). Group Dynamics, 3rd. edition.
Belmont, Ca: Wadsworth.

Class Goals:
We will examine the ways in which the principles of group dynamics can be used to understand leadership. We will look at the interaction among group structure, leadership and decision making as they relate to performance. Class discussions emphasize critical thinking and personal involvement in the group process.
Grades: Final grades will be determined as follows: 

Two exams  30%    Grading Scale
Final Exam 20%   A 90-100 70-76
Written assignment  20%    B+ 87-89 D+  67-69
Quizzes  10%    B 80-86 60-66
Participation  20%    C+ 77-79 <60

 We are covering a lot of material; regular attendance and reading of assignments will be critical to this being a worthwhile class and to earning a good grade. I give quizzes as an incentive to encourage reading of assignments. Those who have read the assignment should find the quizzes easy. I will drop the lowest score for those who take all the quizzes. Class participation is essential to the success of the class and to your grade. Due to the nature of the material exams will be cumulative.

Attendance policy: The FMU catalog states: "It is the responsibility of the student to attend all scheduled meetings in the courses in which he/she is enrolled." Students missing more than four (4) classes (excused or unexcused) will be dropped from the class with a grade of NC or W. Make-up exams will be given to students with appropriate written excuses only on Dec. 5, the last day of classes. 

Written assignment: Each paper should relate material from class to different groups with which the members are familiar with from either being a member of the group or observing it. The papers should be 6 pages long or longer. Papers should be written APA style which includes being typed double spaced and thoroughly proofread. I will provide a sample paper for those not familiar with APA style. Your grade will focus primarily on your ability to develop and support a point of view. For more information about the paper read the Insipid Overview.

Instructor: I earned my first B.A. in Economics at Tufts University near Boston. After several years in the business world, I returned to school getting a B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas. In 1987 I received my Ph.D., in Clinical Psychology, from the University of South Carolina and completed an internship at Illinois State. I taught at the University of Texas-Permian Basin and spent three years with the University of Maryland-European and Asian Divisions teaching in Spain, Germany, Italy and Japan. I spent the last two years working as a clinical psychologist at Mid-Maine Medical Center in Waterville and teaching at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Tentative Schedule 

Week

Begins 

Subject

Chapters 

1

19 Aug. 

Introduction

 

2

26 Aug

Studying Groups

1 & 2 

3

2 Sep. 

Group formation

3 & 4

4

9 Sep. 

Group Structure 

5

5

16 Sep. 

Cohesion and Development

6

6

23 Sep.

Conformity and Influence EXAM ONE

7

30 Sep. 

Power

8

8

7 Oct. 

Conflict

9

9

14 Oct. 

Performance

10

10

23 Oct.

Decision making EXAM TWO

11

11

28 Oct.

Leadership       Final Draft of Paper due

12 

12

4 Nov.

Intergroup relations 

13

13

11 Nov.

The Group Environment    Revised Paper due

14

14

18 Nov. 

Crowds and Collective Behavior 

15

15

25 Nov.

Groups and Change 

16

Final Exam Friday, December 6, 2002  3-5p.m.

Comments? Send me an e-mail: wwattles@fmarion.edu

Last updated 11/23/05 02:52 AM
Will Wattles
Francis Marion University
Department of Psychology
P.O. Box 100547
Florence, South Carolina 29501-0547
843-661-1639