PD4: Teamwork introduces students to the theory and research underpinning effective teamwork and small-group communication. Why do workplace teams succeed or fail? The answer extends beyond the personalities of the team members. PD4 students learn to evaluate the perceptions, attitudes, beliefs, and social norms that affect team performance, and they connect their personal experiences to the concepts they learn in the course.

What do PD4 students do?

  • Employ effective leadership practices to create a more productive team environment
  • Assess their communication skills and develop a plan to improve in key areas
  • Evaluate the team dynamics of groups and brainstorm ways to improve cohesiveness

Student testimonials

  • "I will be able to use the things that I learned about [in PD4] for the rest of my career."
  • "A strength of this course was that it related the content to real life situations, so I was able to see how the theory could be applied in real life."

Course instructor

Robert Danisch

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Dr. Danisch is an associate professor in the department of Drama and Speech Communication at the University of Waterloo. His research interests concern rhetorical theory and public communication within democratic societies. In general, he is interested in understanding the role of communication practices in forming ethical citizens capable of effectively participating in contemporary democracies. 

He joined the University of Waterloo in fall 2011 after spending seven years at Concordia University in Montreal.

Contact information

You can reach the PD4 course team at pd4@uwaterloo.ca.