Occupational Psychology

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Occupational Psychology

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Business Management, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    one of MANT 250, MANT 214, MANT 215

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    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.

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