PSYC20041 - Group Facilitation Skills

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will develop professional skills, knowledge, and competencies to successfully facilitate groups. You will learn how to plan, deliver, and evaluate group programs suitable for adults. You will learn ethical and inclusive approaches to group facilitation. These foundational skills in group facilitation will support the creation of well-structured group environments which foster adult learning.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Practical Assessment 40%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 20%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 77.27% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Moodle student evaluations
Feedback
Some students felt that the unit did not include enough emphasis on group coaching skills.
Recommendation
The course teaching team will review the unit content as well as the name and unit description.
Action Taken
This unit was updated to focus on Group Facilitation skills only. Coaching skills are now covered in the unit PSYC20043.
Source: Moodle student evaluations
Feedback
Some students believed the residential school was beneficial, but also costly and time consuming.
Recommendation
The inclusion of a residential school will be reviewed by the course teaching team.
Action Taken
The unit was updated for online delivery without a residential school.
Source: Moodle student evaluations
Feedback
Students felt that the unit was aimed at students with no prior group facilitation experience.
Recommendation
The course teaching team will review the focus and content of the unit with regard to the level of prior experience at which it is aimed.
Action Taken
The unit content was updated to cater both for students new to facilitation and those with more experience.
Source: Student Unit and Teacher Evaluation responses.
Feedback
Students praised the combination of theory and practice in group facilitation in this unit.
Recommendation
Continue the focus on using a sound theoretical knowledge to support the practical implementation of group facilitation in the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teacher Evaluation responses.
Feedback
It was requested that recordings of group facilitation sessions be included to supplement the Moodle workbooks, role modeling group facilitation by the unit coordinator and guest lecturer, and online fortnightly workshops.
Recommendation
The Unit Coordinator has explored this possibility and approached previous students to seek permission to use their videos as examples for future students. However this was not possible given that the videos include people external to the university who were understandably not comfortable giving permission for us to use their video. The course teaching team will explore other possibilities.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teacher Evaluation responses.
Feedback
Many students found the content, layout and focus of the material supported their learning. it was requested that the Moodle book/PDF booklet to be the layout for each unit topic.
Recommendation
The Unit will continue to use well researched and structured workbooks. The Unit Coordinator will provide a short recorded tutorial on how students can create their own PDF booklet from the online Moodle book. The Unit Coordinator will translate the two sections of unit material not in Moodle booklets into Moodle booklets.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teacher Evaluation responses.
Feedback
For Assessment 3, some students wanted longer than 45 minutes for running their group.
Recommendation
The Unit Coordinator will further highlight through the Welcome and Assessment instruction videos how adhering to running a group in the allotted assessment time is a professional skill valued in environments outside of study.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Design a group program
  2. Deliver a group program
  3. Evaluate group program design and delivery.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment