BSc Psychology / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Organisational Psychology

Course unit fact file
Unit code PSYC30242
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No


The structure of the course centres on the key areas of organisational psychology, as proposed by the British Psychological Society. This provides students with a broad understanding of the topic, and will be beneficial for any students who might wish to continue towards a career in this area.

The course will cover topics such as: leadership, team-working, selection and assessment, motivation, training, fairness in the workplace, emotional labour.


This unit aims to:

Provide students with a firm conceptual foundation in key theoretical perspectives in organisational psychology. Develop students’ understanding of how these perspectives can be applied in the workplace. Make students aware of potential career options in organisational psychology and related areas. Ensure a beneficial learning experience in an area which is likely to affect all those wishing to enter the world of work

Teaching and learning methods

This unit will be delivered via lectures and seminars.

Knowledge and understanding

Analyse the positive and negative effects of the world of work on the individual; Understand the application of psychology to making positive changes in the workplace; Understand the different career pathways into Organisational / Occupational psychology

Intellectual skills

Critically assess the merits of a variety of interventions and applications of psychology; Synthesise, analyse, and evaluate information using primary sources, including journal articles; Make a reasoned argument for a particular point of view

Practical skills

Use library, electronic and on-line resources to research areas of occupational psychology; Become familiar with some of the psychometric tests used in the workplace; Plan how to construct a written argument based around appropriate empirical evidence

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Retrieve information from various sources and evaluate its significance; Apply scientific research to Organisational / Occupational situations; Develop their skills in: Synthesising information; summarising theories and evidence; critical thinking; evaluating research; working in groups; communicating effectively both orally and in writing; presenting concise and persuasive arguments

Assessment methods

Coursework Essay - 50%

2 x Exam Essays  - 50%

Feedback methods

Exam - students will receive a grade and can request a summary of their performance after the exam board. 

Coursework essay - a grade and feedback will be provided online (via Blackboard)

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Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 163

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Lee Wickham Unit coordinator

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