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PS30130: Organisational psychology

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: ES 80%, OR 20%
Assessment Detail:
  • Oral (OR 20%)
  • Essay (ES 80%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take PS20109 OR take PS20168
Learning Outcomes: In completing this unit students would be expected to:
* Critically evaluate the ways in which psychological factors can affect organisational behaviour.
* Critically evaluate how psychologists conduct research in organisations.
* Be able to utilise their knowledge to discuss issues in organisational psychology.

Aims: The intention of this unit is to:
* To provide students with an introduction to the role that psychological factors play in work-related behaviours.
* To cover core topics such as leadership, organisational learning; occupational health, safety & well-being, communication, group decision making, culture/cultural change; power, motivation, and group productivity and performance.

* Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (e.g. essays) [e.g. F/A]
* Ability to select, summarise and synthesise written information from multiple sources
* Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and models
* Ability to apply organisational theory into workplace practice
* Ability to select and use appropriate ideas to produce a coherent response to a pre-set question
* Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines
* Ability to work independently, without close supervision or guidance.

Content: The course will cover key areas of organisational psychology. The following are a list of possible areas:
* Leadership
* Occupational health, workplace safety and well-being
* Man-made disasters and hazard-risk management systems
* Climate, culture(s) and cultural change interventions
* Communication - including managing public concerns
* Group decision making - including risk decision making
* Power
* Motivation and performance.

Programme availability:

PS30130 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology


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