OSH30040 Human and Organisational Behaviour at Work

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module examines human and organisational behavioural theory and practice in relation to safety and health at work, and applies this knowledge to the human interface with work, to the improvement of the working environment, promotion of safe work practices and a safety culture.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module students will be able to:

Explain the physical structure and function of the human body in relation to work and have an understanding of related ergonomic problems including musculoskeletal disorders that can arise;

Apply the principles of ergonomics to the person, the task, work systems, environment and equipment design;

Carry out a basic ergonomic assessment;

Demonstrate understanding of the influence of individual, group and organisational factors on human behaviour in the workplace;

Understand the role health and safety leadership in plays in an organisation to advance OSH culture;
Explain the significance of organisational culture and be able to develop strategies for organisational change and for the promotion of a health and safety culture;

Use the theories of learning and training as a basis to develop and advise on the implementation of OSH training programmes and communication strategies;

Understand the basic theories of stress at work and be able to develop, advise and implement policies to prevent work-related stress;

Understand the role unconscious bias and awareness of dignity and respect in the workplace has on workplace wellbeing.

Sustainable Development Goal Alignment:

The learning outcomes of this module are consistent with achieving the objectives of SDG 3 Good Health and SDG 8 Decent Work from an occupational health and wellbeing perspective.

The learning outcomes of this module are consistent with achieving the objectives of SDG 4 Quality Education as this module contributes to fostering an inclusive and equitable education that promotes lifelong learning for all.

Indicative Module Content:

Ergonomics and risk assessment
Musculoskeletal system and disorders
Organisational Psychology
Group Dynamics
Safety Behaviour
Unconscious Bias
Dignity and Respect in the workplace
Lifelong learning and communications

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Face to face lectures
Problem based learning
Recorded E-lectures
Live Online E-Lectures
Online specified learning activities
Autonomous learning
Learning through assessment 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Human & Org Behaviour at Work (SHWW30040)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Project: Ergonomic Risk Assessment Week 7 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Project: Self-directed learning portfolio Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback will provided alongside provisional grades within 20 working days of submission on Brightspace.

Module reading list is provided in Brightspace.
Name Role
Dr Penpatra Sripaiboonkij Lecturer / Co-Lecturer