Business Psychology: An Introduction - SP311

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 4 15 (7.5) DR C De Inocencio Laporta checkmark-circle


This module will introduce students to key topics about Psychology in the workplace such as leadership, corporate crime, and workplace motivation – there will be a focus on the application of psychology to real business issues and questions, and lectures will focus on expertise within the School of Psychology at Kent. In particular, this module will focus on (1) fundamental applications of psychology, as a science, for understanding important business, work, and organisational issues, and (2) key research methods common in work and organisation psychological research. Throughout the module, students will be encouraged to apply contemporary psychological concepts and methods to understand the application of psychology to core work and organisational issues.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

30 hours. Comprised of lectures and workshops. Students should note that there is an assessed presentation in week 23 that occurs on a Wednesday afternoon.


No pre-requisites for Kent students registered for a Psychology programme of study.
For non-psychology students EITHER SP304 Introduction to Psychology I OR SP305 Introduction to Psychology II

Method of assessment

75% Examination.
25% Coursework. Formed of a poster presentation. NB: This occurs in week 23 on a Wednesday afternoon.
(NB: In the case of short-term exchange students whose registration ends before the summer term, the examination may be replaced by a single piece of coursework of increased length.)

Indicative reading

The module reading list can be found online at the reading list pages here :

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1. Understand of the practical role played by contemporary organisational and business psychologists in society
8.2. Demonstrate introductory knowledge of psychology in the workplace as a discipline and research methods used within psychology in the workplace
8.3. Show awareness of the fundamental application of psychology, as a science, to understand key organisational and business issues
8.4. Demonstrate understanding of key concepts and sub-topics within psychology of the workplace and how they relate to each other (i.e., ability to synthesise core concepts within organisational and business psychology)
8.5. Evaluate core theories and research in psychology of the workplace
8.6. Summarise research evidence for a wide audience

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1. Appreciate and understand the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches used in psychology
9.2. Utilise self-reflective qualities required to receive constructive feedback from staff in order to improve understanding and academic performance
9.3. Demonstrate independent learning and research skills required to support academic learning and development
9.4. Use self-regulation skills in the form of study planning and overall time management
9.5. Demonstrate development of information technology skills required to obtain key learning resources (e.g., use of online journals and learning resources as directed by lecturers).
9.6. Work effectively in a group


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage 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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