Module title: Organisational Psychology

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

Module code: PSY10113
Module leader: Barbara Piotrowska
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology

To study on this module you will need equivalent learning:
Level 7 psychology or social science module; level 7 behavioural module

2019/0, Trimester 1, 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: Barbara Piotrowska
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
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.

Summative Assessment:
In the assessments, students are expected to present their critical analysis and integration of theory and evidence. The tutorials also present opportunities for formative feedback on this integration and also for guided reflections on students’ own employment experiences. The final report will focus on critical reflection and integration, as well as demonstration of understanding of the module material.

The assessment strategy is developed around two key assessments.
The student will have to develop a change initiative based on a real life work based case study. They will be introduced to the case study at the beginning of the course.

Assessment 1 (50%)
A proposal for a data gathering exercise that uses research methods to underpin a final report. This will cover LO1.

Assessment 2 (50%)
A final report which suggests an organisational change initiation in response to a specific organisational issue around leadership and team working. There are four key sections:

Section One. (25% of Assessment 2 mark)
A proposal for a new organisational structure (LO4) for the business with a particular focus on team and leadership structures based on theories of organisational design (LO4). The organisational design must specifically address team and leadership roles (LO3).

Section Two (25% of Assessment 2 mark)
Recommend Team and leadership development programme (LO2, LO3) based on theories of learning and development.

Section Three (25% of Assessment 2 mark)
Propose a change management strategy based on theories of organisational change and development (LO4, LO5).

Section Four (25% of Assessment 2 mark)
Propose an evaluation strategy (LO1).

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 50 1 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Report 50 2,3,4 & 5 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The topics covered in this level 10 Module reflect current debates in the fields of Organisational Behaviour and Occupational Psychology. They have been chosen to develop your understanding of behaviour in organisations starting from a structural (rather than an individual) viewpoint. Topic areas reflect current debates about the nature of work and the individuals’ relationship to it, how behaviour is affected by organisational membership and how organisations are changed by those that work in them.

This module takes as its starting point structure and agency and the tensions between them in organisations. The key focus is that of organisational structure is the unit of analysis, although the impact on organisations by individuals and vice versa is clearly important. This differs significantly from Work Psychology which takes the individual as its starting point and unit of analysis.

There are five key interconnected topics covered by this Module: the relationship between the individual and the organisation. These are:
Defining contemporary organisational psychology, researching organisational psychology, team working and leadership, Organisational design and finally individual and organisational change and development.

The overall aim of the course is that students will be able to apply theories of contemporary organisational psychology to organisational issues.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Critically evaluate methods of researching organisational psychology
LO2: Evaluate the nature of organizational and individual learning and development theories and interventions
LO3 Critically analyse the different theoretical perspectives and paradoxes related to team working and leadership
LO4: Evaluate the nature and effects of organisational design.
LO5: Evaluate theories of organizational change and change management

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
PSY10113 Organisational Psychology (2019)