PSYC09009 2019 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
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Breda McTaggart, Tomas O Flaherty, Christopher McLaughlin
Programme Membership
SG_HPROF_M09 000000 Master of Arts in Humanities in Professional Leadership SG_HPROF_S09 000000 Certificate in Humanities in Professional Leadership SG_HPROF_M09 202000 Master of Arts in Professional Leadership

This module aims will give participants have an advanced understanding of essential theories and research evidence within the psychology of organisations and work. It is designed to form the participant within a strong theory but also equips them with a deep understanding of relevant issues related to the individual within work and the workplace. The module will address key areas, examining motivation, training, leadership, wellbeing, organisational culture; to group team roles and individual differences.

Learning Outcomes

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


Examine the individual, human problems and the organisation


Assess the human motivations within work and the organisation


Critically evaluate the theories of leadership and participation within the work environment


Explore the role of groups and group dynamics within the workplace


Identify the fundamental principles underpinning the organisational culture and dynamics

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Live and online delivery: Synchronous delivery of live learning will occur weekly. Scaffold 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 organisational report. 

Repeat Assessments

The repeat assessment strategy will be dependent on overall grades and will be decided and documented at the Progression and Award Boards.

Subject repeat submission is capped at 40%.

Indicative Syllabus

LO1) The individual, work and the organisation

Understanding the individuals within work, human problems in the organisation and Organisational Psychology as a field. 

LO2) Motivation, performance and job design 

Assessing the various theories of motivation and the complexity of human nature; examine how managers assumptions and actions influence their worker's motivations; how job performance and motivations are related; and how job design can impact workers motivations, satisfaction and performance at work. 

LO3) Leadership 

Critically evaluate the differing theories of leadership, understanding the difficulty of analysing leadership; connecting leadership and organisational participation.

LO4) Groups, teams and teamwork 

Explore the formation and role of groups, group dynamics and the individual within the group. Understanding how teams work regarding communication, leadership, power and politics, conflict and negotiation; and function of teams within the organisational structure.

LO5) Organisations, organisational structures and dynamics  Identify the key principles underlying the organisational culture and management; work-life balance, job satisfaction and job stress; ethical issues within organisations and conducting research in organisations; and careers and careers management. 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Organisational Report Continuous Assessment Written Report 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 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
2016-04-22 Work Psychology: Understanding Human Behaviour in the Workplace FT Publishing International
ISBN 9781292063409 ISBN-13 9781292063409
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

Journal Resources

 Journal of Occupational & Organisational Psychology

 Advances in Organisational Psychology

URL Resources