PSY20130 Introduction to Work and Organisational Psychology

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module introduces the basic concepts and principles of work and organisational psychology. It will examine how psychology can be applied to understand workers, and to enhance business performance and objectives. A practitioner/scientist approach will be taken. Issues such as motivation, job satisfaction, work teams, leadership, organisational culture, organisational change, and human resource practices will be examined.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module the student will:
1. Understand the motivation process and how it links with job design.
2. Assess the benefits to the organisation of the use of teams.
3. Explain styles of leaders and their impact on organisations.
4. Understand organisational culture and its impact on workers.
5. Assess the organisation's capacity for change.
6. Understand human resource practices.

Indicative Module Content:

1. History and overview of Work and Organisational Psychology
2. Process and content theories of motivation at work.
3. Teams and Teamwork - Theory and Practice
4. Leadership
5. Organisational Culture and Climate

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module uses a number of approaches.
The main method is weekly face-to-face lectures.
Students are encouraged to engage with recommended materials - readings, videos, podcasts, and case studies.
Practical applications will be explored through class participation. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

This is an introductory course. No prior learning is required.

Learning Recommendations:

This is an introductory course. No prior learning is required.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Online assignment - two 1000 word essays to be completed from list of essays provides and submitted via Brightspace Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Essay: 1500 word essay Week 6 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


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
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Once grading completed, individual feedback will be emailed to students. Feedback provided within 20 days of submission date. Group feedback will be provided at the subsequent lecture.

Recommended Text:

Conte, Jeffrey M., & Landy, Frank J. (2019). Work in the 21st Century: An Introduction to Industrial & Organizational Psychology, 6th Edn. John Wiley & Sons.

Online text
Fraccaroli, Franco, and Sverke, Magnus (2017). An Introduction to Work and Organizational Psychology: An International Perspective, Third Edition. John Wiley & Sons.
Online ISBN:9781119168058 |DOI:10.1002/9781119168058
Truxillo, Donald M., Bauer, Talya N., & Erdogan, B. (2016). Psychology and Work: Perspectives on Industrial & Organizational Psychology. New York: Routledge.
Online ISBN:978-1-315-88204-8

Conte, Jeffery M., & Landy, Frank J. (2018). Work in the 21st Century: An Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 6th Edition. John Wiley & Sons.
ISBN: 978-1-119-49344-0
Spector, Paul E. (2019). Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Research and Practice, 7th edition. John Wiley & Sons.
EISBN: 1119299047

Other Sources:

Bratton, John (2015). Introduction to Work & Organisational Behaviour, 3rd Edn. London: Pavelgrave
McKenna, Eugene (2015). Business Psychology & Organizational Behaviour, 5th Edn. Hove: Psychology Press.
Riggio, Ronald (2016). Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 6th Edn. New York: Routledge.
Spector, Paul (2019). Industrial & Organizational Psychology: Research & Practice, 7th Edn. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Truxillo, Donald, Bauer, Talya N., & Erdogan, Berrin. (2015). Psychology & Work: Perspectives in Industrial & Organizational Psychology. New York: Routledge.

Any introductory text on work & organisational psychology, organizational behaviour, occupational psychology or industrial & organisational psychology will cover the material on this course. Earlier editions of the above will also cover course material.
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Mon 12:00 - 13:50