Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Work Psychology

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The study-unit aims to help students obtain a thorough understanding of the field of organisational psychology, to have a knowledgeable opinion of the relevance of understanding behaviour in 'organizations' and to introduce the student to a variety of topics related to the workplace.

At the end of the study-unit, students will:
- Be able to understand the contributions of psychology in the workplace;
- Be able to know the role of organizational psychologists;
- Have a good broad understanding of the various topics related to organizational psychology;
- Be able to start thinking of ways of linking practice with theory in enhancing well being and productivity in organizations.

Tentative Study-unit Outline:

- Topic 1: Work psychology: an initial introduction
- Topic 2: Theory, research and practice in work psychology
- Topic 3: Individual differences
- Topic 4: The foundations of personnel selection
- Topic 5: Personnel selection and assessment methods
- Topic 6: Assessing people at work
- Topic 7: Attitudes at work
- Topic 8: The analysis and modification of work behaviour
- Topic 9: Approaches to work motivation and job design
- Topic 10: Training
- Topic 11: Stress in the workplace
- Topic 12: Decisions, groups and teams at work
- Topic 13: Leadership
- Topic 14: Careers and career management
- Topic 15: Understanding organisational change and management

Required Text:

- Arnold, J., Randall, R., et al. (2010). Work psychology: understanding human behaviour in the workplace. (5th edition). London: Pitman Publishing.

Reading List:

- Furnham, A. (1997). The psychology of behaviour at work: the individual in the organization. Sussex: Psychology Press.
- McKenna, E. (2000). Business psychology and organizational behaviour: a student's handbook (3rd edition). New York: Psychology Press.
- George, J. M. & Jones, G. R. (2005). Understanding and managing organizational behaviour (4th Edition). NJ: Prentice Hall.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Multiple Choice Questions Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%


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