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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Organisational Psychology
Module Code HR301
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Janine Bosak
Semester 2: Janine Bosak
Autumn: Janine Bosak
Module TeachersJanine Bosak
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to provide students with a broad overview of Organisational Psychology. It has been designed to help students develop a firm understanding into the field of Organisational psychology by balancing its treatment of both practice and research. This modeul will equip students for their future careers in improving their understanding of people's behaviour at work and in teaching them how to manage both themselves and others in the workplace. The greatest asset of any organisation is it's people and yet some of the greatest challenges that face managers relate to people management. In this module students will develop knowledge of key theories and concepts as well as the ability to make connections between concepts, both within and across various topics, and to apply this knowledge to organisational problems. Students are expected to attend lectures, engage in group work, prepare for and contribute to class discussions.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand psychological issues within organizations and potential challenges faced by employees in the workplace
2. Discuss and evaluate both traditional and contemporary psychological theories and perspectives
3. Apply psychological theory in work and organisational settings
4. Prescribe solutions to perceived organisational difficulties

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22Weekly lecture
Independent Study45Reading - text book chapters and additional articles for weekly lectures as well as assignment
Assignment Completion58Writing of Individual Paper based on Case Study Analysis
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to Organisational Psychology
An introduction to the field of Organisational Psychology. History of the field of Organisational Psychology. Activities of Organisational Psychologists. Research Methods in Organisational Psychology

The Individual and the Organization
This section will examine theories and empirical findings on individual behavior in organisations. Topics such as Theories of Employee Motivation, Work Attitudes and Emotion, and Occupational Health Psychology will be covered.

The Social Context of Work
Theoretical explanations and empirical evidence on the social context of work and its relation to organisational performance. Students will learn about topics such as Work Groups and Work Teams, Individuals in Groups, and Leadership in Organizations.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentIndividual paper based on a case study analysis100%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Arnold, J., Randall, R., Patterson, F., Silvester, J., Robertson, I., Cooper, C., & Burnes, B.: 2010, Work psychology: Understanding human behaviour in the workplace., Fifth, Pearson, Harlow, 9780273711216
  • Steven L. McShane & Mary Ann Von Glinow: 2020, Organizational Behavior, 9th edition, McGraw Hill,
Other Resources

43178, 0, Exercises and lectures slides will be available on moodle.,
Programme or List of Programmes
AFUAge Friendly University Programme
BPYBSc (Honours) in Psychology
BSBachelor of Business Studies
BSEBachelor of Business Studies (Exchange)
BSIBusiness Studies ( with INTRA )
BSSAStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
BSSAOStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
EBBA in Global Business
EBCBA in Global Business (Canada)
EBFBA in Global Business (France)
EBGBA in Global Business (Germany)
EBSBA in Global Business (Spain)
EBTBA in Global Business (USA)
ECSAOStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
INTBBachelor Business Studies International
MINTBSc Marketing, Innovation & Technology
SHSAStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
Date of Last Revision23-SEP-11

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