Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Business and Management Psychology

Course summary

Course code: PSYH1033
Level: 5
Credits: 30
School: Business Faculty
Department: Human Res and Organisational Beh
Course Coordinator(s): Sheila Barrett


Pre and co requisites

Level 4 Introduction to Psychology for Business PSYH1032


The aims of this course are to: Extend students’ existing knowledge and understanding of psychological theories acquired at level four, and apply these and new knowledge of Psychology in business and management. Provide students with the opportunity to discuss and address both new and classic theories, and research related specifically to Organisational Psychology, and develop a critical analytic approach to Contemporary Management. Offer students the opportunity to apply psychological concepts to organisations in order to equip them to deal with the issues and opportunities posed by today's dynamic business environment.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:

1. Articulate theories and concepts of Psychology in relation to issues in contemporary business and management.
2. Summarize new and classical research findings from Organisational Psychology and draw appropriate inferences relevant to Contemporary Management.
3. Understand the complexity of change in contemporary business and management, Organisational Psychology and the workplace.
4. Demonstrate awareness of the managerial role within organisations and have a critical understanding of individual and group behaviour in relation to that role.

Indicative content

This course builds upon and extends knowledge of core Psychology covered at level four and applies Psychology in more depth to Organisational Psychology and contemporary management. Indicative content will include: Self-monitoring and sensation seeking in personality. Self-efficacy and social identity in motivation. Emotion in the workplace. Knowledge management in learning and training. Investor Psychology, decision-making and trust. Upward and lateral leadership, transformational leadership. Political skills, culture and diversity, ethical practices. Dynamics of Consumer Psychology. Innovation, models of change, use of technology: monitoring and management. Mentoring, career development, continuous professional development. Cognitive strategies to deal with stress, and workplace counselling. Bullying at work. Research methodologies applied to Organisational Psychology.

Teaching and learning activity

Per week, a one hour lecture followed by a one hour seminar in which students will engage with a range of activities to enable them to explore psychological factors in relation to issues encountered by managers in organisations. Activities will include: discussion of research papers, group work, use of video recordings to illustrate business psychology, the use and reviewing of psychometric and other measures used in Organisational Psychology; further supplemented by online activities. The course is supported by Moodle and all assessment submissions are electronic.

Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours)

Scheduled contact hours

Include in scheduled time: project supervision, demonstrations, practical classes and workshops, supervised time in studio or workshop, scheduled lab work, fieldwork, external visits. Lectures 25
Seminars 25
Supervised practical sessions
Tutorials 2
Formative assessment 4
Other scheduled time
Guided independent study

Include in guided independent study preparation for scheduled sessions, follow up work, wider reading or practice, revision Independent coursework 36
Independent laboratory work
Other non-scheduled time 208
Placements and year abroad Work placements
Work-based learning
Year abroad
Other placement
Total hours

(Should be equal to credit x 10)


Case Study 1 - 30%
2500 words.
LO - 1, 3.
Applied case study demonstrating organisational problems requiring a case report response.
Formative assessment - Tutorial session.

Case Study 2 - 30%
2500 words.
LO - 1, 2, 4.
2500 words.
Applied case study demonstrating organisational problems requiring a case report response.
Formative assessment - Tutorial session.

Exam - 40%
LO - 1, 3, 4.
3hour unseen exam.
Formative assessment - Exam workshops.

Pass mark - 40%