HMDEV240-20B (HAM)

Group Work for Life Transitions

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper introduces and applies the use of group work skills in various (un)expected life transitions. This paper uses theory from human development, life transitions and group work.

The purpose of the paper is to introduce students to relational skills necessary for group work in social and workplace contexts. Students in this paper will engage in group work practice, as a class, and in development of their own group work skills. Further, students will consult a representative within a relevant industry, through a small consultation exercise. the teaching and learning objectives of this paper are closely aligned to the University of Waikato's Graduate attributes.

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Paper Structure

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There is a one-hour in-class lecture (Wednesday 2-3pm). The lecture will be recorded and made available in Moodle for those who cannot attend. There is a tutorial (Wednesday 3-5pm) each week for this paper. Students are expected to attend the tutorial and marks are awarded for attendance. For students who cannot attend the tutorial, please contact the paper convenor to discuss formation of an online tutorial group. Please see below for details of topics for lectures and tutorials.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • 1. describe specific group work theory
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  • 2. describe specific group work skills
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  • 3. develop a proposal for group work
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  • 4. conduct a small group discussion
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These Learning Outcomes will be assessed using an assignment (completed in two parts) and an online test during the final lecture time.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment - Part A
1 Sep 2020
4:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assignment - Part B
15 Sep 2020
4:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Test
14 Oct 2020
2:00 PM
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
4. Tutorial participation
14 Oct 2020
5:00 PM
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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There are two required texts for this paper. Both are available as eBooks through the Library. You are expected to become very familiar with at least one of these texts:

Benson, J. (2010). Working more creatively with groups. (3rd ed.). Routledge. eBook ISBN: 0203870727

Kindred, M., & Kindred, M. (2011). Once upon a group: A guide to running and participating in successful groups. (2nd ed.). Jessica Kingsley Publishers. eBook ISBN: 9780857003805

There will be a selection of further required readings made available through the online Reading List - please check this each week prior to the lecture and tutorial.

Lecture readings may be provided by lecturers, and made available in Moodle and in the online reading list before the lecture.

Tutorial readings will be outlined for when tutorials begin on 22 July.

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Online Support

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HMDEV240 has a Moodle site.

Moodle Use

The Moodle site is organised by weeks and topics. Topics in lectures differ from those in tutorials.

Lectures will be delivered live in class, and will be Panopto recorded and available through Moodle after the in-class lecture.

The Moodle site will also be used as a repository for additional visual, oral and written material related to lectures and tutorials.

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The minimum expectation for students' workload on a (15 points) 200 Level Paper: 150 hours.

This includes:

Reading in preparation for lectures and tutorials

12 hours of lectures

24 hours of tutorials

1.5 hours test


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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper relates to the Human Development subject and papers, specific to Aotearoa New Zealand. It also has relevant connection to other Education and Social Science subjects involving human relations.

This paper is valued at 15 points and contributes to programmes for students in Human Development (BSocSc), Psychology (BA, BSocSc) and Teaching (BTchg), and Social Work (BSW).

The course assumes an audience of education and social science students likely to work in professions where you may work in groups as participants/employees and possibly as facilitators and co-facilitators.

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30 points in relevant papers, such as Human Development, Education, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology or related disciplines




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