Topics in Business Psychology - PSYC6500

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Lynsey Mahmood checkmark-circle


This module examines behaviour, performance, and health and well-being of individuals in work and organisational situations. Teaching focuses, with varying emphasis, on the areas of psychological assessment, work design and organisational change, health and well-being, and positive and negative aspects of performance. Overall the aim is of the module is to provide an in-depth knowledge and understanding of core topics in business psychology.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150


Business Psychology

Optional to:
Psychology with a Placement Year
Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year
Psychology with Clinical Psychology
Psychology with Forensic Psychology
Psychology (with Studies in Europe)
Social Psychology

Available as an elective module.
Available to Short Term Credit students at the discretion of the School or module convenor.

Method of assessment

Moodle Quiz 1: 20%
Moodle Quiz 2: 20%
Coursework Essay 2,500 words: 60%

Reassessment methods: Like for Like.

Indicative reading

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

Arnold, J., & Randall, R., et al. (2010). Work psychology: Understanding human behaviour in the workplace (6th ed.). Essex: Pearson.

Ashleigh, M., & Mansi, A. (2012). The psychology of people in organizations. Essex: Pearson.

Furnham, A. (2012). The psychology of behaviour at work: The individual in the organization. Hove: Psychology Press.

Landy, F. J., & Conte, J. M. (2016). Work in the 21st century: An introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology. John Wiley & Sons.

Riggio, R. E., & Porter, L. W. (2017). Introduction to industrial/organizational psychology. New York: Routledge.

Schultz, D., & Schultz, S. E. (2016). Psychology and Work Today: Pearson New International Edition CourseSmart eTextbook. New York: Routledge.

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:

8.1 Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of psychological assessment at, and for, work.
8.2 Show knowledge and critical understanding of performance at work, and approaches to manage performance as well as negative responses to work, bullying, harassment, and conflict.
8.3 Apply psychological principles to work design, organisational change and development.
8.4 Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the interface between health and well-being on the one hand, and work on the other.

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

9.1 Interpret and discuss concepts, theories, and findings based on the use of the relevant literature.
9.2 Critically evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems.
9.3 Develop and communicate an independent point of view.
9.4 Manage time effectively, and plan work and study independently.
9.5 Demonstrate use of information technology skills.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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