84403 - Communication with Colleagues and Teamwork

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

Recognize the importance of teamwork for the effectiveness of decision making and planning of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Recognize the advantages and limits of distinct types of leadership in the analysis of clinical problems and decision making. Demonstrate capacity to cooperate in teamwork activities and managing interpersonal conflicts, competition and drop of motivation. Demonstrate capacity to improve cooperation and performance of other health-care professionals by enhancing their self-esteem and commitment in the workplace.

Course contents

Decision Making, Information Sharing and Team Performance: information distribution, informational interdependence, and member heterogeneity


Mesmer-Magnus, J. R., & DeChurch, L. A. (2009). Information sharing and team performance: A meta-analysis. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94(2), 535.

Teaching methods

The Communication with COLLEAGUES AND TEAMWORK class consist of 1 CFU of 8 hours of lectures supported by slides and Putting Shared Decision Making Into Action by Role Play Activity and Debate to reach a decision-making consensus.

Attendance to learning activities is mandatory; the minimum attendance requirement to be admitted to the final exam is 60% of lessons held in the integrated course "84397 - Communication Tools". Students who fail to meet the minimum attendance requirement will not be admitted to the final exam of the course, and will have to attend relevant classes again during the next academic year.

Excused absences may be authorized upon receipt of proper justifying documentation, in case of illness or serious reasons. Excused absences do not count against a student’s attendance record to determine their minimum attendance requirement.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods for the course COMMUNICATION TOOLS consist of a written exam. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions: overall n. 42 multiple-choice questions for Communications with Patients, Communications with Colleagues and Teamwork and Communication with Scientific World. The written exam will last 35 minutes.

Exam grades will be sent to the student representatives within 7 days after the written exam. Students who don't accept the grade will communicate their decision with an email to Prof Gobbini from their institutional email address @studio.unibo.it within 3 days after the publication of the grades. Please put 'Grade rejection' in the subject line.

Unless students communicate the grade rejection to Prof Gobbini within the 3 days window, the results of the exam will be officially recorded.

Grades below 18 will not be recorded.

If a student fails the exam (grade below 18) or refuses the grade, they can do the exam again on the first available date.

Teaching tools

Teaching slides will be available on line at Unibo e-learning website https://iol.unibo.it

Office hours

See the website of Maria Ida Gobbini