Core Module Information
Module title: Work Psychology

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: PSY09101
Module leader: Ethan Shapiro
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology

Level 7 psychology or social science module or level 7 behavioural module

Description of module content:

This module will focus on individuals and groups in relation to their work. It will look at the contribution psychology can make to achieving ‘best fit’ between people and their jobs, thereby to enhance productivity, satisfaction and well-being at work..

Four main areas are explored in depth: selection and assessment at work; stress; work motivation: Theories, applications and implications for people and work, including aspects of team working and leadership

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Apply psychological theory to the workplace and explore the challenges in applying research evidence to support work psychology solutions
LO2: Compare and contrast approaches to personnel selection and evaluate the effectiveness of psychological assessment tools in a selection context
LO3: Critically reflect on theories of stress at work and associated workplace interventions
LO4: Compare and contrast theories of work motivation and discuss their implications for the individual and the work organisation
LO5 Critically compare approaches to leadership and their impact within the workplace

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Ethan Shapiro
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Where appropriate students own workplace experiences will be used in discussion so that the learning tasks are personalised. A combination of face to face lecturing, tutorials, online resources and supplied reading pack will provide the core learning material. Real life examples of workplace issues will be used to illustrate teaching and students will be asked actively to identify how the concepts and models studied apply to their own experience of work. Students will engage in weekly group discussions of case materials to allow the emphasis on collaborative learning to be maintained throughout the module.
Online learning opportunities will provide the material for topics on the design of work environments and the design of work.

Formative Assessment:
Frequent formative assessment will be available through case study/applied problem based learning exercises that will be discussed in groups. Students will be expected to provide examples from their personal experience and comment on those of others in small group discussions

Students will be able to practice online test type questions throughout the module and specifically to practice for the test itself. This will enable students to gain formative feedback for the final test.

Summative Assessment:
The first summative assessment (A1)is a 2000 word report due in week 8. The report is based on an applied business case study in selection and covers LO1 & LO2 specifically.

The second summative assessment (A2) covers LO1-LO5. LO1 and LO2 are covered in A1. This is because LO1 is a generic outcome which covers the application of knowledge to the field. LO2 is assessed in both due to the fundamental nature of selection to the field and to allow alternative models to that used for the report at A1 to be assessed. This assessment is an online class test. The test will take place over Weeks 12-14.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Independent Learning Guided independent study 167
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 70 1 & 2 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Class Test 30 1,2,3,4 & 5 14/15 HOURS= 1.50, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 70
Component 2 subtotal: 30
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
PSY09101 Work Psychology