Course Description

Course Name

Occupational Psychology

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Study of applied organisational situations connected with how workers behave and why.
MANT 347 Occupational Psychology is designed to explore applied organisational situations connected with how and why workers behave. In doing so this paper exposes students to key psychological elements associated with managing employees in the workplace, such as job design and occupational health, as well as selection and performance. The key to this is understanding the employee as an individual with a complex set of needs and ways of working. It is, additionally, important that students interested in human resource management develop knowledge and understanding of the nature of workplace relationships and interactions in order to maximise the performance of human resources within an organisation.

Teaching Arrangements
Lectures and tutorials (compulsory)

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module students should have:
- A knowledge of core elements of occupational psychology
- An understanding of the complex set of factors that combine to influence and/or determine human and work behaviour in organisations
- An ability to identify the existence and causes of work behaviour problems within organisations
- Acquired and developed skills that enable them to apply knowledge in order to minimise or resolve complex behavioural problems
- An understanding of the interrelationships between the various aspects of occupational psychology

It is also expected that on successful completion of this module students should have developed competence in communication, team working, problem solving and information technology. Competence development in these areas will be facilitated by a range of exercises requiring students to prepare written reports, make presentations, participate in team exercises, administer psychological tools and access literature from electronic sources. Additionally, class exercises will be included to enhance individuals' self-awareness.

Woods, S. A., & West, M. A. (2010). The psychology of work and organizations. Hampshire: Cengage Learning.
Arnold, J., & Randall, R. (2010). Work psychology. Harlow: Pearson.

*Course content subject to change