Organisational Psychology

Module summary

Module code: PSYC1128
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Human Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Sandra Rankin


Pre and co requisites

Normally 60 credits of Psychology


To provide students with a broad base knowledge of Organisational Psychology issues that affect individuals in the workplace and give students the opportunity to discuss how to apply that knowledge to real problems experienced by employees and managers today. As well as providing students with experience of critically evaluating current theory, research and practice within Organisational Psychology.

Learning outcomes

1. Understand the key issues in organisational psychology.
2. Identify and gain knowledge of a range of conceptual, historical and theoretical issues underlying the discipline of organisational psychology.
3. Critically evaluate extensive knowledge about organisational psychology: in areas including motivation, performance, organisational leadership and well-being in the workplace.
4. Evaluate the effectivity of a range of applied organisational psychology techniques.

Indicative content

• The evolution of Organisational Psychology
• The process of Job Selection and Interview
• Measuring Personality and utilising ability in the workplace
• The influence of emotion and mood at work
• Psychological Contracts and implications for employee relations, Identity and Motivation
• The psychology of wellbeing in the workplace
• Managing employees at risk: Addictions and abusive behaviour
• Bullying in the Workplace
• Environmental Factors on work performance
• Changing Technology and Skills
• Work, Career Management and Unemployment

Teaching and learning activity

This module will introduce students for the first time to a range of organisational issues in psychology and how those contributions can inform academics, researchers and consultants involved in the application of complex organisational decisions.

Normally three hours teaching session, consisting primarily of two hour lecture each week and additional group seminar activities. Students will be introduced to Case Scenarios and Research papers, which will allow them to discuss issues affecting organisations, managers and individuals in the workplace. Working together in groups will be expected throughout the course, particularly during the assessment period, however coursework will be written individually. Attendance throughout the group assessment is mandatory.


Individual written report - 100% weighting.
LO - 1, 2, 3 & 4.
Pass mark - 40%.
Length 2500 words.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Group presentation on agreed topic.