BEC930 - Interactive Learning Process

Outline info
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Subject Title
Interactive Learning Process

Subject Description
This course introduces the participants to both theory and research findings needed to understand how to help groups work effectively. Participants also learn the skills required to apply that knowledge in practical situations with the adult learner.  Emphasize is placed on co-learning processes, learning partnerships, group development, issues in leadership, trust & empowering groups.

Credit Status
This is a required credit in the Adult Education/Staff Training Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Develop the basic concepts of group dynamics to effectively select appropriate facilitation techniques to manage human interaction in the classroom.

2. Design teaching sessions and plan effective learning experiences that include these concepts of group dynamics and facilitation principles.

3. Explore various definitions of leadership and select a style that suits the individual and situation.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

BEC 910 

Topic Outline

  • Leadership
  • GroupStages of group development
    • Group goals
    • Social interdependence
    • Task and maintenance roles
    • Observing group dynamics
    • Facilitating group development
    • Communication with groups
    • Decision-making
    • Conflict and interest
    • The use of power
    • Dealing with diversity

Mode of Instruction
This subject is delivered online.  This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with instructors and online acitivities. 

Prescribed Texts
Engleberg, Isa, Wynn, Dianna. Working in Groups, 7th Edition, Houghton Mifflin, Boston. ISBN: 9780134415529 

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Assignment 1: Group Presentation 40%
Assignment 2: Application of Group Skills 10%
Assignment 3: Group Growth & Development 25%
Assignment 4: Discussion Assignments (5 x 5) 25%

Expected English Competencies:

The ability to communicate in writing is essential for success in all business subjects. All written work must demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
  • writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
  • spelling and punctuation is correct
  • appropriate vocabulary is used
  • sentences are structured correctly
  • main points are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
  • work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
  • work is arranged in correct format (i.e., reports, essays)
  • layout is attractively displayed

Up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all written work if the above mentioned expected English competencies are not met.   

Students must attain a grade of at least 50% to pass the course. 

Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the dates specified. Begin your assignments early in anticipation of unforeseen problems that may arise in your work or personal life. Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor immediately, prior to when your assignment is due, so an appropriate course of action can be established. Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and generally not be accepted beyond two sessions after the assignment due date.

The College's Academic Policy will prevail regarding Academic Honesty.

Assignments are marked on the basis of an appropriate standard of research, content, organization of material and presentation. Assignments are to be grammatically correct and typewritten or prepared by computer.

Students are expected to demonstrate a professional level of communication skills both verbally and in their written work.

All academic policies of the College at which you registered apply.  This includes, but it not limited to, policies related to grading supplemental exams, deferred exams, and accomodations.


Approved by: Sandra Noble