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:
Module version for: 2015/6

Module Convenor: Prof Patricia Riddell


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

The aims of this module are:

- To enable students to explore in depth and critically evaluate the evidence relating to the application of psychology in organisations to enhance well-being and performance

- To give students an awareness of current approaches to working with individuals and teams in ways that are integrated, based on research and aimed at delivering individual as well as organisational objectives

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module the student will be able to demonstrate a depth of knowledge in topics relating to the application of psychology to individual and team development, such that they can write knowledgeably and critically about this.

Additional outcomes:
Students will gain from participating in activities designed to support their understanding of applications of psychology in the real world and evaluative discussions of research and theory in large and small groups. Students will gain an awareness of research-based practice versus practice-based research. The module additionally provides an opportunity for students to improve either their essay-writing skills or their ability to work as part of a team to present an argument in an oral presentation format.

Outline content:
The module involves 5 3-hour seminars focusing on the applied psychology of work and its role in facilitating individual and organisational well-being and performance.

The option will begin by considering what is involved in applying psychology in organisations from a range of different professional perspectives. This includes professional psychology services through to applying psychology in a range of roles such as team leader, manager, human resources specialist etc. In applying psychology to organisations we will explore what this means in its broadest and most integrative sense. Lectures, student presentations and discussions will be focused around specific applications of interest and value as this relates to the needs of modern organisations. Each class will look at the latest research and thinking related to the application of psychology to promote well-being and exceptional performance at work.

Topics likely to be included:
1) Well-being and personal productivity
2) Leading successful teams
3) Personal engagement and organisational productivity
4) Diversity and managing the organisational generation gap
5) New ways of thinking about careers
6) The Human Brain at work
7) Crisis, conflict and collaboration

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Seminars involve lectures, interactive discussions, student presentations, and an opportunity to work with psychological tools designed for practitioners in organisations.

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

Other information on summative assessment:
Extended essay report.

Formative assessment methods:
Groupwork 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:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
50% overall.

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

Last updated: 24 March 2015

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