Psychology of the Contemporary Workplace - BUSN7510

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Carola Leicht checkmark-circle


This module presents an overview of what work psychology is and its relevance and usefulness in improving our understanding and management of people (including ourselves) at work. Many work places operate sophisticated and expensive systems for assessing the costs and benefits of various workplace elements but often do not extend this to the management of employees. This module aims to demonstrate the benefits of having a comprehensive understanding of the role psychology can play in the management of people in contemporary organizations. Indicative content includes:

• Work psychology
• Individual differences and psychometrics
• Best practice personnel selection
• Stress and well-being
• Motivation
• Stereotypes and group behaviour
• Leadership and diversity
• The dark side of personality
• Political behaviour in the workplace
• The psychology of entrepreneurs
• Using work psychology to enhance employability


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 21
Private Study Hours : 129
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Examination - two hours duration, closed book and unseen: 60%

Individual Report (2,500-3,000 words): 40%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment: 100% examination

Indicative reading

Arnold, J. and Randall, R. et al. (2016) Work Psychology: Understanding Human Behaviour in the Workplace, 6th Edition. London: FT Prentice-Hall

Lewis, R & Zibarras, L. (2013) Work and Occupational Psychology: Integrating Theory and Practice. London: Sage

Woods, S.A. & West, M.A. (2014) The Psychology of Work and Organizations. 2nd Edition Andover: Cengage Learning EMEA

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Understand the relevance of psychological theories of the workplace to contemporary organizations
- Critically evaluate and analyse the key factors shaping and changing the contemporary work environment
- Demonstrate a critical and detailed understanding of best practice in regards to maintaining and improving levels of employee engagement and satisfaction in the workplace
- Understand and analyse the behavioural elements of people management from a psychological perspective in the workplace
- Assess contemporary theoretical developments around psychology and the workplace

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Synthesise information clearly and critically
- Select and organise complex information from a variety of sources
- Structure and express complex arguments using relevant social science concepts and theories
- Communicate effectively orally and in writing
- Demonstrate efficient time management skills


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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