ATS3843 - Psychology and the workplace - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Social Sciences


Dr Jacqui Howell

Not offered in 2017


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This unit is concerned with the behaviour of and interaction between employees, employers and workplaces. Each of these are in turn influenced by organisational structures, patterns of communication, group processes, and mechanisms of decision-making. And all these factors impact upon levels of job satisfaction, motivation, stress, and work-life balance.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the range of psychological concepts that impact upon the behaviours of individuals and groups in workplace situations;
  2. explain the difference between and relative merits of management versus leadership;
  3. determine the appropriate environments for optimum worker and organisational performance;
  4. recognise the difference between psychologically healthy and unhealthy work environments;
  5. critically evaluate the merits and disadvantages of various recruitment tools and processes;
  6. adapt the content to improve their own levels of motivation and performance and their interactions with workplace colleagues.


Within semester assessment: 60% + Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.


BHS3717, PSS3717