Psychology at Work

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Psychology at Work

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Non-modular pre-requisites:

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Summary module description:
    Psychology at Work

    The aim of the module is that students will have a knowledge of a variety of skills related to the workplace and have an opportunity to practice these skills in interactive lecture sessions. Skills will include facilitation, leadership, team building, and reducing stress at work.

    Assessable learning outcomes:
    By the end of the module the student will be able to:
    Show knowledge of a range of skills that are vital to high performance in the workplace, in a variety of forms such as classroom and online discussions and multiple-choice test answers;
    Have demonstrated practical application of these skills in interactive seminars;
    Discuss the merits and the important components of each skill within a workplace context.

    Additional outcomes:
    Students who are additionally enrolled on the PY1WP (Work Placement) module will be able to explore their understanding of the role of psychology in the workplace in their placement.

    Outline content:
    Lectures cover:
    (a) How to facilitate meetings
    (b) Training and Development
    (c) Team building
    (d) Psychological Safety in Teams
    (e) Change Management
    (f) Leadership
    (g) Stress at work
    (h) Bias in the Workplace

    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    (a) Lectures
    (b) Interactive skill practice sessions
    (c) Reading from recommended texts and journal articles
    (d) Practice and feedback for multiple choice questions

    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Oral assessment and presentation 10%
    Set exercise 20%
    Class test administered by School 70%

    Other information on summative assessment:
    This module is assessed by coursework (30%) and an end-of term multiple-choice test (70%).
    Coursework components include:
    Contribution to class discussion (10%)
    Contribution to online discussion board (20%)

    The 45-minute end-of-term test will cover all the lectures of the module.

    Formative assessment methods:
    Penalties for late submission:
    The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
    where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
    where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

    The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

Course Disclaimer

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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