PSY3028 : Work Psychology

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


[a] to provide an appreciation of selected areas of applied psychology in the work context
[b] to provide the basis for further study and development of understanding of specific areas of work psychology.
[c] to develop analytical skills

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to work psychology and synopsis of the breadth of the area.
Psychology of assessment at work: recruitment, selection and appraisal. Validity and reliability issues.
Training and development, focusing on management and leadership development
Work motivation and job design
Workplace stress and employee intervention programmes
Culture and structure: organizational culture and the wider role of cross-culture. Specific types of culture e.g. safety culture. Organisation structure, hierarchy and roles.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture141:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion136:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Discussion and exercises in relation to special topics
Guided Independent StudySkills practice61:006:00Preparing for seminar exercises; practice exam answers
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

In essence, work psychology concerns the evidence-based practice of psychology in the workplace. The teaching is therefore directed towards testing understanding of application as well as knowledge, by addressing a series of core knowledge inputs in a discussion style in lectures, using organizational practices as examples. The process is intended to be interactive so that students individually or in groups identify the most critical knowledge and information relevant to the issue and present informally them during class hours.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A100Unseen. 2 questions to be answered in essay style
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment is intended to ensure that the student can utilise theoretical knowledge in an applied context, so the examination questions will each describe a situation and ask for an analysis of that situation and the prescription of some options for dealing with it, derived from the theory and knowledge acquired during the course. In order to provide adequate time to do this, 60 minutes are allowed for each answer.

FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as ‘Study Abroad’ will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examinations that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submissions dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely.

The form of assessment will not vary from the original.

Reading Lists