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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Organisational Psychology
Module Code HR5116
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Yseult Freeney
Semester 2: Yseult Freeney
Autumn: Yseult Freeney
Module TeachersYseult Freeney
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module immerses students in fundamental organisational psychology theory. It is designed to form a strong foundation in theory and equip student with a deep understanding of issues related to work and well-being, motivation, trust and performance within the context of contemporary work environments.

Learning Outcomes

1. understand the psychological issues within organisations and to explore the challenges faced by employees in contemporary work settings.
2. analyse behaviours and processes within organisations at a number of levels (individual, team, organisation)
3. apply psychological theory to work settings and prescribe solutions to organisational issues based on such analyses
4. critique competing models and approaches to motivation, assessing their relevance in applied settings
5. critically evaluate state-of-the-art research with the purpose of composing a focussed literature review

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36Weekly lectures
Assignment Completion50Individual literature review
Assignment Completion40Motivation case study
Independent Study124Reading, reflecting, preparing for class, reflective journal
Total Workload: 250

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 the field of Work and Well-Being
This section explores and explains the nature, history processes and functions of Organizational Psychology and its role in contributing to effective organisations.

The evolution of the concept of work
Explores the meaning of work and careers. Discusses how the concept has evolved and how it is impacted in contemporary workplaces by intergenerational differences

Psychological Well-being
Explores the idea of well-being, why it is important for individuals but also how organisations can benefit from fostering well-being amongst their employees.

Work engagement, well-being and performances
This topic introduces the concept of work engagement, proposed as something that captures both drive and well-being. It reviews evidence on the validity of the concept and reviews studies that link it to performance outcomes.

Stereotypes and Diversity in the Workplace Conflict
Students will learn about the benefits and costs of diversity in the workplace. The issues of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination as well as diversity will be studied from an individual as well as a group perspective which will incorporate an analysis of how young people are socialized into the business environment. Explores the role of norms and stereotypes as sources of conflict within organizations

Psychological contract and Trust
This section looks at the importance of psychological contract at work and its relevance in organizational change processes. Definition of psychological contract, types of psychological contracts, violation of psychological contract, psychological contract and organizational change. Moves onto look at wider issues around trust in organisations

Classic and contemporary models, diagnosis of motivational problems, presentation of solutions

High performance work systems
Bridging psychology and HR, this session examines what elements must come together to foster high performance at the team level.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentStudents must write a classic literature review of 3,500 words on a topic of their choice, related to work and organisational psychology60%Sem 1 End
Group presentationMotivation Case Study30%Week 8
ParticipationDiscussion Forum Peer Review10%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

  • Cary Cooper, Ivan Robertson,: 0, Well-being, 978-0230249950
  • John Arnold, Ray Randall, Fiona Patterson (Contributor), Joanne Silvester (Contributor), Ivan Robertson (Contributor): 0, Work Psychology, 9780273711216
  • Gary P. Latham,: 0, Work Motivation, 978-1412990936
  • Gagné, M: 0, The Oxford Handbook of Work Engagement, Motivation, and Self-Determination Theory, 9780199794911
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MPOMSc in Work & Organisational Psychology
MSOBMSc in Work & Organisational Behaviour

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