PSYC09009 2022 Organisational Psychology

General Details

Full Title
Organisational Psychology
Transcript Title
Organisational Psychology
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Subject Area
PSYC - Psychology Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2022 - Full Academic Year 2022-23
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Breda McTaggart, Tomas O Flaherty, Emma Curran
Programme Membership
SG_HPROF_M09 202200 Master of Arts in Professional Leadership SG_HPROF_S09 202200 Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Leadership

This module on organisational psychology deals with issues related to individuals, industry and capital, a further component is maintaining and enhancing employee wellbeing and performance. Understanding these concepts can facilitate business effectiveness and profitability. Students will be introduced to relevant psychological theories, tools and workplace interventions. Learning from this module will develop research focused critical thinking, while also being of practical relevance for professional practice.

Some of the key areas that we will be covering are: motivation, leadership, learning and development, organisational change, workplace wellbeing.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Examine issues related to individuals', industry and capital, to facilitate business effectiveness and profitability.


Understand and evaluate theory and research on employee motivation, the employment contract and employee diversity.


Critically evaluate different approaches to managing and leading people at work. Human resource management focuses on theory and practice of the management of people, while leadership focuses on the perspective of leaders and followers.


Explore the role of group dynamics, teamwork and organisational change.


Identify the role and interplay between organisational culture and dynamics, while understanding psychological, social and organisational aspects of working. 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Live and online delivery: Synchronous delivery of live learning will occur weekly. A scaffolding approach to the learning will occur; this will allow the student to develop the required skills over the term. During the semester online and one onsite workshop will be provided. Participants will contribute to the plan for the onsite component of this module. It may take the format of the workshop, but students will be able to determine their collective needs that can be addressed in this forum.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will be assessed by continuous assessment worth 100%. This will be in the form of an essay. 

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessments requirements will be based on failed components and be recorded at the Progression and Award Boards.

Indicative Syllabus

LO1) Examine issues related to individuals', industry and capital, to facilitate business effectiveness and profitability.

Understanding individuals in the workplace, human capital and organisational psychology as a field. You will explore the meaning of training and development; assess issues related to the achievement of corporate objectives; examine training and development techniques to facilitate organisational needs; and critically review related theory and practice.

LO2) Understand and evaluate theory and research on employee motivation, the employment contract and employee diversity.

Assessing theories of motivation and the complexity of human nature; you will examine how managers can influence their worker's motivation; you will explore how job performance and motivation are related; and how job design can impact employee motivation, satisfaction and performance. Other employment areas will be examined including organisational dynamics of power, control and conflict. Theory and research on employee motivation will be examined and you will address employee diversity.

LO3) Critically evaluate different approaches to managing and leading people at work. Human resource management focuses on theory and practice of the management of people, while leadership focuses on the perspective of leaders and followers.

You will critically evaluate the differing theories of leadership, understand the complexity of analysing leadership; finally, you will use the current knowledge base to understand a practical application of leadership and organisational participation.

LO4) Explore the role of group dynamics, teamwork and organisational change.

You will explore the role of groups, including group dynamics and individual differences. You will gain an understanding of teams and the role of communication, leadership, power, politics, conflict and negotiation; finally, you will examine team work, team formation and the importance of teams within the  organisational structure.

LO5) Identify the role and interplay between organisational culture and dynamics, while understanding psychological, social and organisational aspects of working.  

Identify the key principles underlying the organisational culture and management; work-life balance, job satisfaction and job stress; ethical issues within organisations. You will assess the role and interplay between psychological, social and organisational characteristics of working, and how these impact on individual and organisational health. You will apply psychological theories and principles to demonstrate how these can be used to create a healthy workplace.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Organisational essay Coursework Assessment Essay 100 % Week 10 1,2,3,4,5

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Workshop/Seminar Classroom Equipped for OLL. Online/Onsite 4 Once Per Semester 0.27
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4.25 Weekly 4.25
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.27 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2020-02-20 Work Psychology Pearson Higher Ed
ISBN 9781292269450 ISBN-13 1292269456

For undergraduate students in business, management and psychology, as well as those studying for professional qualifications. Gain a clear and authoritative introduction to human behaviour in the workplace Work Psychology: Understanding Human Behaviour in the Workplace, 7th edition, by Arnold, Coyne, Randall and Pattterson is an accessible and fascinating examination of human behaviour in todays workplace, written by authors who are all experts in their fields. Substantially updated with new chapters from new authors, and new material that reflects current research and debate in the area, the text retains its popular blend of theory, research and engaging examples. Pearson, the worlds learning company.

Required Reading
1979-12-01 Organizational Psychology: United States Edition (Foundations of Modern Psychology) Pearson
ISBN 9780136413325 ISBN-13 9780136413325

Written by an authority on organizational psychology, this interdisciplinary text can be used as a supplement in organizationsl behavior courses in departments of psychology and business.

Required Reading
2012-05-17 The Psychology of People in Organisations Pearson
ISBN 0273755765 ISBN-13 9780273755760
Required Reading
2017-11 Organisational Behaviour
ISBN 1292200685 ISBN-13 9781292200682
Required Reading
2016 Management and Organisational Behaviour
ISBN 1292088486 ISBN-13 9781292088488

Now in its 11th edition Laurie Mullins's Management & Organisational Behaviour is the essential guide to OB for students today. Over half a million students have used this engaging and practically focused book as their introduction to the world of management and organisational behaviour, and it continues to evolve and improve to serve the needs of modern students.Using both theory and practical, real-world examples, the textbook considers how organisational performance can be improved through effective management of people. This unique approach to the subject enables students to relate Organisational Behaviour to Management in the broader social and cultural contexts.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources
Journal Resources

 Journal of Occupational & Organisational Psychology

 Advances in Organisational Psychology

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