PYMITD-Psychology of Individual and Team Development in Organisations

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: PYMIP Introduction to Psychology for Finance
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Amanda Branson


Type of module:

Summary module description:
Psychology of individual and team development in organisations.

The aims of this module are: to give students a critical awareness of the concepts and approaches taken within organisations to find, develop and motivate the workforce; and to critically evaluate the research evidence in order to develop knowledge and understanding of how psychology can be applied within work-settings to achieve high performance at the level of the individual and the team.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module the student will be able to 1. Appraise approaches taken within organisations to find and develop talent. 2. Critically evaluate the research evidence for these approaches. 3. Critically evaluate factors affecting individual and team motivation and performance in the workplace

Additional outcomes:
Students will gain experience from participating in discussions about research and theory in large and small groups.

Outline content:

The module involves 5 3-hour seminars focusing on the applied psychology of work and its role in facilitating individual and team performance. The option will begin by critically exploring the concept of talent and how psychology can help organisations to find and develop the right talent. We will go on to consider the team and factors influencing team effectiveness. Evidence about some key interventions designed to enhance motivation and performance, such as the role of job design and pay will be explored. Topics likely to be included: 1) Finding and measuring talent 2) Team development 3) Performance Management 4) Motivating the Workforce 5) Job Design

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will use a combination of lectures, interactive activities, and both small and large group discussion to explore individual and team development within the context of work.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 15
Guided independent study 85
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Written Report of 2000 words

Formative assessment methods:

Group work and presentations within class.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:
50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
An alternative piece of coursework will be assigned.

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Last updated: 20 April 2018


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