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Introduction to Organizational Psychology


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor and tutor: Alyson Kelleher
  • Assessment: an individual report (20%) and examination (80%)

Module description

In this module we provide you with a sound introduction to the various aspects of psychology, focusing on key theories and research. You will become aware of the significance of this body of knowledge to business and organisational psychology. Finally, the purpose of the module is to develop your ability to think critically and constructively about this area of psychology.

Indicative syllabus

  • The history and key movements of psychology
  • Biological psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Decision-making
  • Psychodynamics
  • Selection and assessment
  • Groupwork - application of psychological theory to explain current events

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • describe the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline, its historical origins, development and limitations
  • describe theories and research of key importance in the core areas of psychology
  • describe several approaches to the psychological study of business
  • explain a number of applications of psychology within an organisational context
  • constructively and critically evaluate theories and research in the field of psychology as applied to business and work.