PY1PAW-Psychology at Work

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Mini placement
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Amanda Branson


Type of module:

Summary module description:
Psychology at Work
Module Convenor: Dr Amanda Branson (UoR)
Module Lead: Mr Izzat Morshidi (UoRM)


The aims of this module are for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the role of psychology in the workplace. Students will examine the theoretical background of topics such as Leadership, Team Building, Stress at Work and Motivation, whilst gaining essential practical skills, including facilitation of small group activities and discussions. Students will have an opportunity to observe and apply their knowledge and skills in interactive lecture sessions and within a real-life setting in a work placement. The module also provides students with an opportunity to critically reflect on their own skills and the role of psychology in the workplace. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module the student will be able to:

• Demonstrate understanding of the techniques required for successful facilitation

• Critically reflect and evaluate knowledge and skill developed through engagement with the module

• Relate psychological theory and skills to a workplace context.

Additional outcomes:

Students who complete a work placement as part of this module will be able to discuss the experiences they gained while on placement in relation to the knowledge and skills developed in lectures. 

Outline content:
Lectures cover topics including:
(a) How to facilitate meetings
(b) Training and Development
(c) Team building
(d) Psychological Safety in Teams
(e) Selection and Assessment
(f) Leadership
(g) Stress at work
(h) Bias in the Workplace
(i) Motivation

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

a) Interactive lectures

(b) Interactive skill practice sessions

(c) Finding, organising and completing a work placement

(d) Reading from recommended texts and journal articles

(e) either, Completion of placement diary and a reflective report on use of skills while on placement, or

(f) Practice and feedback for multiple choice questions relating to the use of skills by organisations

NB The contact hours in the table below are indicative of the contact hours for students studying this module in the UK, and may vary for students taking this module at branch campuses. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Guided independent study 42
Placement 40
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 10
Practical skills assessment 10
Set exercise 20
Class test administered by School 60

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

This module is assessed by coursework. Coursework components include:

Contribution to class discussion. All students contribute to class discussions by facilitating one class-room based activity during the term (10%) and write a reflective report on the feedback they receive on their contribution from peers (10%).


Assessment of the ability to apply lecture topics to a Work Placement (80%). Students who have arranged a suitable work placement by the deadline submit a placement diary, recording the activities they undertook (20%), and a piece of reflective writing on the use of the skills covered in the lectures by themselves and others in that organisation (60%). 


Assessment of the ability to apply lecture topics to specified work-place scenarios (80%). Students who are unable to arrange a placement by the deadline will complete continuous online assessment questions (CAQs) (20%) and an end-of-term class test (60%) assessing their understanding of the material covered in lectures and ability to apply this knowledge to work-place scenarios. 

Formative assessment methods:
Students will receive feedback on their performance on the continuous online assessment questions prior to the end-of-term class test.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment is by a written assignment.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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