Work and Organisational Psychology within the HR Context

Module code: 5HURM005W
Faculty: Westminster Business School
Credit Level: 5
Credit value: 20
Available to: Westminster Business School students only, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives  – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.

This module explores different psychological theories and their application in organisational settings. The module will enable you to develop your appreciation of the psychological study of work organisations and work behaviour in a contemporary HR business context. You will explore the application of contemporary work and organisational psychology to HR business issues and functions. Key subjects covered during the module include psychological assessment at work; learning, training and development; leadership, engagement and motivation; well-being and work; organisational design, change and development; and applying work and organisational psychology.

By the time you complete the module, you will understand a range of psychological theories and approaches that have been applied to the study of work organisations and work behaviour within the context of HR, and be able to use psychology tools and techniques to assess work behaviour. You will also be able to evaluate psychological research undertaken in work organisations and work behaviour, and use a range of established techniques to initiate and undertake critical analysis of information, assessing its validity.

The teaching and learning methods for the module involve a combination of tutor-led lectures, and participative, small group seminars and workshops. Assessment will be based around two pieces of coursework – a 1,000-word essay, and a 3,000-word, case study-based report.