Group Behaviour

Unit code: APP3016 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
APP2013 - Psychology 2A
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


The unit has a dual task: first, to develop students' understanding of concepts encountered in the literature on group processes (the seminar group will discuss set readings). The second task is for students to analyse the group's own processes as they occur, giving students direct experience of issues discussed in the literature. Such topics as: membership of the group, leadership, power and authority, gender relations and roles usually emerge in the group.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Appraise group processes through experiential activities;
  2. Analyse and reflect on own and others' roles within a group;
  3. Investigate the relationship between group processes and interpersonal and intrapersonal processes; and
  4. Critically review theory and reflect upon this theory in explicating group processes.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Journal
Grade: 30%
Reflective Journal (3 submissions) (1000 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Seminar Presentation (30 minutes in pairs)
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 40%
Theoretical Essay on Group Behaviour (1500 words)

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

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