APPLYING PSYCHOLOGY AT WORK - 2017/8

Module code: MANM358

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

WOODS SA Prof (SBS)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

C810

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 33

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation GROUP CONSULTANCY PRESENTATION AND SUMMARY REPORT 40
Coursework INDIVIDUAL PORTFOLIO (CIRCA 6000 WORDS) 60

Alternative Assessment

(As an alternative to the Group Consultancy Assignment): Individual Presentation plus 1500-word Report

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview

This module has two overarching themes:


Building awareness of contemporary practical applications of psychology at work through the experiences of practitioners.
Developing skills of consultancy based on the scientist-practitioner model and the consultancy cycle.


The module will comprise a series of guest speakers talking about their experiences of practice as psychologists, and sessions on professional issues such as regulation, ethics, and the science-practice interface. Students will also work in groups on a practical consultancy-based case study, and present a practical account of their findings and recommendations, following the consultancy cycle.

Module aims

Build awareness of contemporary practical applications of psychology at work through the experiences of practitioners.

Developing skills of consultancy based on the scientist-practitioner model and the consultancy cycle.

Develop students' understanding of the role of evidence in applied practice of work and organizational psychology

Develop students' critical understanding of professional issues in applied practice of psychology (ethics and ethical dilemnas; professional regulation; role of professional organizations).

Provide experiential learning for students around consulting skills and communicating with clients and stakeholders.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Appreciate and understand the application of psychology at work through the experiences of practitioners. PT
Understand the scientist-practitioner model and the consultancy cycle. KP
Critically evaluate the interface of science and practice in work and organizational psychology KCP
Critically evaluate professional issues in work and organizational psychology: ethics, professional regulation, research and practice issues. KCPT
Carry out practical steps of the consultancy cycle in the investigation of an organizational issue. PT
Make evidence-based recommendations for intervention with respect to an organizational problem or issue. CPT
Communicate effectively verbally and in writing, findings and recommendations from consultancy to clients and stakeholders. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Contemporary practice examples and practitioner experiences of applying psychology to work (guest speaker sessions)
The consultancy cycle and scientist-practitioner models
Ethical and Professional Issues
BPS and HCPC Codes of Ethical Conduct
Career development in Occupational and Work and Organizational Psychology
Case study activity applying the consultancy cycle

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enable students to develop a practical and critical theoretical perspective on professional and applied issues in work and organizational psychology.

The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures from the Module Leader and Invited Practitioner Speakers
Seminar-type small-group activities
Group case-study activity applying the consultancy cycle to an organizational issue / problem

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Practical skills in applying psychology at work, based on a scientist-practitioner evidence-based consultancy model.

Advanced critical understanding of professional issues and applied practice.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


An individual portfolio (6000 words) comprising 4x 1500 word critical essay on a professional application of psychology covered on the module.



A group assignment in which the group will investigate and research a case-study based organizational issue or problem and make evidence-based recommendations on interventions that might address the problem. Groups will make a 20-30 minute presentation and submit a 2000 words accompanying report.


 

Formative assessment

Verbal feedback on class activities. Assignment feedback also serves a formative function.

Feedback

In writing and verbal feedback from the module team based on activities contributing to the group assignment.

In writing to the summative assessment of the individual portfolio.  

Reading list

Reading list for APPLYING PSYCHOLOGY AT WORK : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/manm358

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Occupational and Organizational Psychology MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.