Business Psychology Project - PSYC6480

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 45 (22.5) Dawn Nicholson checkmark-circle


All students are required to carry out a piece of psychological research on a specific topic, and to then present it as a report that adheres to the conventions of academic Psychology. Topics covered will include:
1) Groups, Teams, and Motivation
2) Intercultural Communication, Coaching, and Negotiation
3) Global Talent Management and Leadership


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 45
Private Study: 405
Total Study Hours: 450


Compulsory to : BSc (Hons) Psychology with Business Psychology (currently being drafted)

Optional to:
Psychology with studies in Europe BSc (Hons)
Psychology BSc (Hons)
Psychology with a Placement Year BSc (Hons)

Method of assessment

Portfolio 1,500 words 20%
Project Report 4,000 words 80%

Reassessment methods: Like for Like.

Indicative reading

Reading list (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)

McKenna, E. (2012). Business Psychology and Organizational Behaviour (5th edition). London: Psychology Press

Cortina, J.M., Aguinis, H., & DeShon, R.P. (2017). Twilight of dawn or of evening? A century of research methods in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102 (3), 274-290

Horst, J. (2015). The Psychology Research Companion: from student project to working life. London: Routledge.

Specialist reading depending on project direction.

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 Demonstrate an understanding of relative advantages and disadvantages of alternative research methods and designs, especially in business psychology. Where relevant, demonstrate acquisition of more advanced skills in research techniques and data collection.

8.2 Demonstrate an ability to deploy accurately established techniques when collecting and / or coding data.

8.3 Demonstrate an ability to engage with current literature on business psychology to develop ideas in a range of topic areas.

8.4 Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues relating to research with human participants.

8.5 Demonstrate an ability to organise and manipulate complex data or research evidence, match statistical or other analytical techniques to the research question and evidence available, and implement more robust analytical techniques commensurate with the awarded credits.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

9.1 Demonstrate an ability to develop literature search and writing skills.

9.2 Demonstrate the ability to solve problems through independent learning and generate ideas about directions for future research.

9.3 Demonstrate a development of intellectual and professional skills, such as critical reflection/evaluation, and time-management.

9.4 Demonstrate transferable skills relating to numeracy, information technology, working with others, communication, problem solving, and independent learning


  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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