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Managing Effective Teams

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MGT 220

       Course Name: Managing Effective Teams

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

MGT 205 Recommended

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course presents theory and practical tools to become a more productive team member and leader; topics     include characteristics of high performing teams, leadership strategies, avoiding dysfunctional team     dynamics and managing diverse and virtual teams. 

IV.   Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course the students will be able to:
    1.  Identify the characteristics of high-performing teams
    2.  Analyze the behavioral differences which exist within teams
    3.  Identify the advantages of working in a team environment
    4.  Examine the change process
    5.  Access team character in building a team
    6.  Know how to best design your team to improve performance

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Power and Synergy of Teams
    Stages of Team Development
    Building an Effective Team
    Resolving conflict and managing different perspectives
    Effective team communication
    Conducting effective team meetings
    Action planning
    Six hats of thinking tool
    Software for effective team management

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, class discussion, in class exercises, group exercises
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

1.    Reading Assignments (articles and outside books)
2.    Writing Assignments
3.    Homework Assignments
4.    In class exercises

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grades are based on written assignments, classroom presentations/participation and projects.

40% Written Assignments
30% Presentation/Participation
30% Project(s)

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.