Core Module Information
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

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. 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 you 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

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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:
LOs 1-5: You will learn through a combination of face to face lecturing and tutorials. You will have access to online resources and Leganto reading list which will provide the core learning material. The core material will be also provided in the lectures which will allow you to understand the key theories and concepts in organisational research, organisational and individual learning and development, group work and leadership, and in organisational design and change (in line with the module objectives). The tutorial discussions and reading provided will further aim to develop your critical appreciation and evaluation of these core concepts. Real life examples of workplace issues and case studies will be used to illustrate the core concepts and exemplify how they would work in practice. You will be asked actively to identify how the concepts and models studied apply to your own experience of work which will further solidify your understanding and provide an opportunity to engage in critical evaluation. In order to emphasise the use of academic literature to build strong critical arguments, you will be asked to search for relevant literature on the topic. You will engage in weekly group discussions of case materials and your literature search to allow collaborative learning that will be maintained throughout the module.

Formative Assessment:
Frequent formative assessment will be available through case study/applied problem based learning exercises that you will be invited to discuss in groups. You will be expected to provide examples from your personal experience and comment on those of others in small group discussions. You will be required to do in-class literature-search of relevant to the given topic papers, and share and discuss what you found in small groups. The feedback on the relevance and appropriateness of your literature search will be provided in class. The tutorials also present opportunities for formative feedback on this integration and also for guided reflections on your own experiences.

Summative Assessment:
In the assessments, you are expected to present your critical analysis and integration of theory and evidence. The assessment strategy is developed around two key assessments. You will have to propose a research study to investigate an organisational problem and then to develop a change initiative based on a real life work based case study. You will be introduced to the case study at the beginning of the course. Component 1 (40% of module mark; 2000 words) A proposal for a data gathering exercise that uses research methods to underpin a final report (LO1). Component 2 (60% of module mark; 2500 words) A final report which suggests an organisational change initiation in response to a specific organisational issue. The report will focus on leadership, team working, new organisational structure and managing and evaluation of the organisational change (LO2-5).

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 40 1 7 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Report 60 2,3,4 & 5 13 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
PSY10613 Organisational Psychology