Module code: MAN2174

Module Overview

This module builds upon the basic introduction to the complexity of organizations studied from an organizational psychology perspective provided in OBA (CMDA004). Behavioural, cognitive and social psychological perspectives will be explored in greater detail in order to provide insight into how the field of psychology has aided our understanding of employees in business at work. Students will be encouraged to reflect upon their own behaviour, cognition and those of other groups of professionals working in both public and private sector organizations.
By the end of the module students will have gained an understanding of how organizational psychological research and practice influence different levels at work including the individual, group, organization and society. A central feature of the module will focus upon developing critical thinking skills which will aid analysis of sometimes ‘messy’ empirical data and organizational problems, whilst examining both employee and management perspectives.
Students may continue to develop their knowledge in this field by complementing further studies with a deeper evaluation of Leadership and Advanced HRM in (HEQ6) of their degree programme.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: N215

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Organisational Behaviour & Analysis (CMDA004)

Module content

Indicative content includes:
 Organizations and their Psychology
This session will familiarise students with the different fields within organizational psychology and map the landscape of the module content. A problem-based case study will be used to facilitate the understanding of the importance of organizational psychology research methods.
 Thinking, Deciding, & Creativity
This session will aim to evaluate the importance of cognitive processes including; thinking, deciding and creativity which are arguably, essential processes for successful management within a knowledge-based economy.
 Personality Development
Here students will re-visit theoretical ideas covered in OBA, consolidating their understanding of personality and performance. Students will also be given the opportunity to reflect upon their own personality development in relation to social identity theory.
 Improving Work Performance & Motivation
Building upon the basics of motivation theory covered in OBA students will be provided with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of contemporary psychological techniques which serve to improve performance and motivation in non-profit, public and private sector organisations.
 Leadership and Engagement
A critical evaluation of contributions of psychology will be highlighted here, with a strong focus upon the motivational approach to leadership and engagement.
 Poster Presentations /workshop
Students will be given the opportunity to present small group projects (2-4 students) via poster format. Here students will report on innovations in applications of Organization psychology across a diverse range of organizations.
 Communication & Information Management
Here a critical evaluation of forms of communication at work will be examined, emphasising the importance of the growing digitised society.
 Teams and Groups at Work
Building on OBA a critical focus upon new forms of psychological interventions to improve group behaviour within virtual organizations and multi-disciplinary/diverse groups will be examined.
 Positive Emotions at Work
Here an evidence-based approach to cognition and emotions at work will be explored. The session will critically appraise issues including work-based stress, happiness and work-life balance.
 The role of Consultants
With the use of professional work-based examples students will be given the opportunity to debate the question: are organizational psychology consultants necessary for organizational success?
 Review
An interactive mind-mapping exercise will be completed. This will assist with the consolidation of theoretical ideas and nudge students in the right direction to complete preparation and plans for exam success.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) Group poster presentation (1000 words) 45
Coursework 1500 word Case Study based on applying course work to student’s own working environment 55

Alternative Assessment

An individual poster presentation that covers the key skills addressed in the group project (maximum 750 words)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the learning outcomes. The module is assessed by 45% group poster presentation and 55% individual case study.
Formative assessment and feedback The first assessment midway through the module will be based upon a group poster presentation project. Students will be required to focus upon a selection of topics which look at innovative, pragmatic psychological-based solutions to organizational problems. Students will be required to work in small groups of 2-4, and produce a 1,000 word poster presentation which they will be required to orally present (online). Feedback will be provided from tutors and peers.
Summative assessment
Students’ knowledge and understanding will be assessed through a case study report on a topic of their choice based on applying elements of this module to their workplace.
Marking & Feedback
This module adopts an enquiry based approach to feedback where the emphasis is on providing resources to students which allow them to identify their own strengths and weaknesses in order to develop learning strategies which will allow them to improve their performance. These resources include :
Prior to the assignment, lecture time will be spent discussing the assignment and feedback process.
A detailed marking scheme which provides guidance on how marks will be awarded for each element of assessment. This marking scheme has benefits for both staff and students: a) for staff it allows for consistency of marking between markers, and for prompt and rigorous marking; b) for students it makes it absolutely clear what is expected of them. Students will receive a mark for each element of the assignment which they can reference to the marking scheme for details of individual feedback.
Generic feedback which explains what students did well and did less well overall. This will take two forms. In the first lecture after submission, time will be spent explaining the key learning issues from the assignment and, once marking is completed, students will receive detailed generic feedback via SurreyLearn including a statistical breakdown of marks so that they can place their own performance into that of their cohort.
Marking will be carried out by the module tutors. The module leader will be responsible for moderation. Marks and feedback will be returned to students within 3 weeks of the submission date.

Module aims

  • Provide a theoretical and pragmatic understanding of the psychology of organizations.
  • Enable students to exercise significant judgement, critiquing a range of theories in the field of business/organizational psychology.
  • Encourage awareness of the rigour and relevance of applied research to aiding the management profession.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Ref
001 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of selective theories of organizational psychology. CK
002 Recognise the complexities of analysis at the level of the individual, group, organization, society.( CP
003 Critically evaluate and discuss applications of organizational psychology for managerial success. CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: adopt a problem –based learning approach, applying key theoretical frameworks to organizational issues via case-based techniques.
The learning and teaching methods include:
 1 hour weekly lectures and webinars to link theory and practice.
 In selected weeks students will also present their group poster project in these sessions.
 SurreyLearn is used for resources and further weekly on-line discussions.
Total learning time is 150 hours including: weekly taught/facilitated sessions (30hrs- 2hrs x 15weeks) Independent learning (30 hours for reading, research, and assignments) and 90

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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