AP2857: Group Facilitation - Theory and Approaches

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 3 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 2 x 7hr(s) Other (day sessions); 1 x 2hr(s) Tutorials; 80hr(s) Directed Study (self-directed study)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: Students will have knowledge of approaches to group facilitation that contribute to the promotion of human wellbeing and social justice.
Module Content: Introduction to psychological and sociological understandings of groups; the nature and types of groups; group phases and functions; group roles and leadership; group facilitation; specific application of facilitation skills in personal, community and organisational development; organisational theory.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Define a 'group' and identify the groups to which they belong.
  • Distinguish a variety of group types.
  • Explain differences in psychological and sociological understandings of groups.
  • Describe the characteristic features different models of group development.
  • Distinguish a variety of roles within groups using different models.
  • Identify their own preferred or characteristic group roles.
  • Identify the principal tasks and functions of groups.
  • Identify the key components of group facilitation.
  • Explain common and distinctive issues arising in the facilitation of (a) personal, (b) community/youth, and (c) organisational development and discuss ethical issues arising in these respective areas of facilitation.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,000 word Personal Learning Journal).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Director, Centre for Adult Continuing Education).

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