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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.M20
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: MCDOWALL A Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

Spring semester

Assessment Pattern

Units of Assessment  
Percentage Weighting  
Case study (2,500 words)
Case study/Essay (2,500 words)

Module Overview


Module Aims

1. To provide students with an advanced level of knowledge of theory and practice in accordance with three of the eight Level 1 British Psychological Society competences’s which are prerequisite for Chartered Status. These are all components of Section 7 “Employee Relations and Motivation”, components 5.1 and 5.7 of Personal Development and Workplace Counselling and components 2.4 and 2.14 of Design and Environments; Health and Safety.

2. To understand the complexities of research and practice at the organizational level; and to practice the skilled use of psychological evidence to work to develop the skills to work through the full consultancy cycle as stipulated in the BPS Chartership guidelines.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
1.    Relate theories and frameworks pertaining to a) motivation at work and b) work-life balance to organizational practice; and critically reflect on relevant frameworks with regard to their usefulness for informing best practice.
2.    Reflect on theory as well as methods and professional practice in the topics of motivation/ employee relations and work-life balance.
3.    Relate the interface of work and non-work to other areas of occupational psychology such as organizational change and structure.
4.    Read and critically assess the value of a scientific article with particular reference to practical implications.

Module Content

Sessions 1,  2, 3:     Introduction to Organisational Behaviour and Theories of Motivation, attitudes, and values. Student led seminar on the link between performance and motivation, need theories, organisational justice and goal setting. Assignment tutorials. (11 hours in total)    Week 1, Monday 7th February, 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Third session in week 2, 14th February, 9am to 1pm
Session 4:    Decision Making (AB, 2 hours)    Week 3 21st February 9-11am
Session 5:     Different takes on organizational behaviour: culture and diversity, gender, positive paradigms, emotions (4 hours)    Week 5, 5th March, 9am to 1pm
Session 6:    Work-life balance: introduction and context (4 hours)
Student led seminar on theoretical paradigms in work-life balance research (3 hours).    Week 6, 5th March, 9am to 1pm, then 2pm to 5pm

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Mixed lectures and seminars

Selected Texts/Journals

Essential Reading
Doyle, C.E. (2003). Work and Organizational Psychology: An introduction with attitude. Hove, Sussex: Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis.
Furnham, A. (2005). The Psychology of Behaviour at Work: The individual in the organisation. 2nd edn. Hove, Sussex: Psychology Press.
Latham, G. L. (2006). Work Motivation, History, Theory, Research and Practice. London: Sage.
Millward, L. (2005). Understanding Occupational and Organizational Psychology. London: Sage.
The full reading list is available on the University’s Library Home-site.

Last Updated
19th August 2010