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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PSY3050
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: MCDOWALL A Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Final Year PSY/APS
Assessment Pattern

1) Case study [50%]

2) Examination [50%]

Module Overview
All Level 2 Psychology or APS Psychology modules
Module Aims

This final year course aims to introduce students to core topics in Work and Organisational Psychology: spanning a diverse range of areas of competence. Whilst students will be provided with a conceptual and theoretical basis for how psychology is applied at work, the module will also introduce students to methods and activities used in organisational practice. By the end of the course, students will have gained an understanding of how research and practice in work and organizational psychology operate at different levels (individual, group, organization, wider society). Students will also appreciate the complexities of being involved in the formulation and implementation of relevant activities that are based on sound evidence derived from psychological theory. Please note that this module is limited to 40 students.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  •  recognise different theoretical approaches underlying various areas of competence in occupational psychology
  • explain these models in relation to their practical application in the workplace 
  • critique relevant research literature  
  • begin to formulate an understanding of the ethical and practical ramifications of applying psychology in the workplace.
Module Content
  • Employee selection and assessment
  • Training and development in the workplace
  • Motivation and organizational behaviour
  • Stress, burnout and stress manage ment
  • Job design and the design of safety critical systems.
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures and occasionally seminars, always paired with classroom based exercises. The marked assignment will further have a strong applied component, by asking students to work through a case study.

Selected Texts/Journals

Arnold, J, Silverster, J., Patterson, F., Robertson, I. , Cooper, C. & Barnes, B. (2004) (4th ed). Work Psychology: Understanding Human Behaviour in the Workplace.  Prentice Hall.

Chmiel, N. (1999), ed. Introduction to Work and Organizational Psychology. Oxford : Blackwell.

Doyle, C. (2003). Work and Organizational Psychology.  An introduction with attitude.  Hove: Psychology Press. 

Furnham, A. (1997) The Psychology of Behaviour at Work. Hove: Psychology Press.

Jones, F. and Bright, J. (2001) Stress, Myth, Theory and Research.  London : Prentice Hall.

Jones, F., Burke, R. & Westman, M. (Eds). (2006). Managing the work-ho me interface: A psychological perspective. East Sussex, : Psychology Press.

Karasek R., Theorell T.  (1990). Healthy Work.  New York : Basic Books.

Millward, L. (2005). Understanding Occupational & Organizational Psychology.  London Sage. (Recommended Core Text)

Parker, S. & Wall, T.R. (1998). Job and work design. London : Sage.

Schabracq, M.J., Winnubst, J.A.M.W., & Cooper, C.L. (Eds) (1996).  Handbook of Work and Health Psychology.  Wiley & Sons, Chichester .

Warr, P. (2002), ed. Psychology at Work. London : Penguin.






European J. Work and Organizational Psychology
J. Applied Psychology
J. Occupational Psychology
Personnel Psychology
J. Organisational Behaviour
Human Relations
J. Vocational Behaviour
Work & Stress


































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