Applying Psychology to Organisations: Extended Literature Review - SP859

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Autumn 7 15 (7.5) checkmark-circle


In this module you conduct an extended literature review and critique on a topic relevant to organisational psychology. Through discussion with an academic supervisor you identify a particular area of research that is relevant and topical. You then conduct and extended literature review and critique, gaining advanced research and problem solving skills. On successful completion of the module you will have gained specialist knowledge and evidence of independent research.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

16 hours


Option module for MSc in Organisational Psychology.

Method of assessment

100% Coursework. Formed of an outline proposal (20%) and an extended Literature Review (80%).

Indicative reading

The module reading list can be found online at

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 Demonstrate a sound knowledge covering a range of conceptual and theoretical issues underlying a specific area within organisational psychology
8.2 Demonstrate specialist knowledge and systematic understanding of a key chosen area in organisational psychology
8.3 Demonstrate a clear understanding of the major research and analytic techniques adopted by organisational psychologists (research/practice) in the specific chosen area of organisational psychology
8.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the application of psychology in organisations
8.5 Demonstrate an understanding the major analytic techniques and methods adopted by researchers in the chosen area of organisational psychology, including an awareness of ethical issues and how these can be applied.
8.6 Demonstrate an ability to independently research existing materials and data to develop a literature review of a specific chosen area in organisational psychology,

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1. Critically reflect on key themes through oral discussion and written analysis
9.2. Demonstrate critical thinking and creativity, to evaluate and generalise materials appropriately
9.3. Select and synthesise complex materials through organising, developing, and evaluating relevance
9.4. Demonstrate a systematic approach to problem solving, individually and in groups
9.5. Plan work and study independently, and use resources in a way suited to further study or practice
9.6. Find, record, organise, and contribute to knowledge in the field of organisational psychology
9.7. Write clearly, concisely, and in an organised way
9.8. Enhance personal development skills through time management, autonomy, self-drive and self management
9.9. Demonstrate problem solving through identifying, scanning, and organising literature to abstract meaning, theoretical novelties, and potential applications


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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