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BHS3717 - Psychology at Work

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: TBA


Not offered in 2007


This unit examines the application of psychological theory and methodology to the problems of organisations and the activities of groups and individuals within a wide range of organisational settings. The influence of groups on individual employees through organisational structure, communication patterns, and decision making processes will be considered. Other topics affecting individuals within the workplace include personnel recruitment, selection and training, job satisfaction, motivation, stress reduction, and balancing family and work life.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which psychological theory and methodology are applied within organisations.
  2. Explain the various ways in which individuals are affected by group processes within the workplace.
  3. Evaluate the influence of a variety of workplace factors on individual performance.
  4. Critically examine and report recent research within the field of organisational psychology.


Workplace case study (1500 words): 30%
Seminar or poster presentation (1000 words equivalent): 20%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour laboratory) per week


48 points of study in any discipline