The course has been designed to provide you with knowledge of the main areas of occupational psychology, to provide you with good research skills, to cover the relevant social psychological and organisational issues and to introduce the skills required in practice.
You will be required to study the following core modules in semester one:
C84ERM - Employee Relations and Motivation
||Postgraduate students registered on applied psychology courses within the School of Medicine. Occupational Psychology, Work and Organisational Psychology, Management Psychology. Available to JYA/Erasmus students.
C84WCC - Workplace Counselling and Career Development
This module concerns workplace counselling and career development. The module provides a general introduction to the nature and psychological background of career development, and students are given the opportunity to explore the practical implications by planning their own career development. Students also study the main approaches, application and effectiveness of workplace counselling.
C84IRM - Introduction in Research Methods
This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to effectively plan and design research as well as to critically appraise published research. Student will be introduced to how to write a literature review in a systematic way, how to write a research proposal, study designs (including developing research questions), ethics and practical issues when planning and conducting research. The module will also cover designing questionnaires, psychometric issues such as reliability and validity, using interviews and focus groups, and use if the internet and an introduction to online research methods.
C84EWH - Ergonomics, Work Design, Health and Safety
The module discusses several contemporary issues in ergonomics, safety and health, including accidents and musculo-skeletal disorders.
In addtion this module will explore issues in Human Factors, such as the perceptual, cognitive and actions involved in dealing with equipment within varying organisational contexts
C84OSH - Organisations, Stress and Health
The module explores the role of psychological, social and organisational factors in individual and organisational health and the promotion of well being at work. Drawing from key literature in occupational health psychology, a major theme is work-related stress - its nature, causes and effects. The most common causes of work-related ill-health concern adverse aspects of the way jobs are organised and people are managed. The experience of stress offers one vehicle for understanding the link between those adverse working conditions and individual and organisational ill-health. The module also considers other major contemporary concerns such as absence from work and the implications of an ageing workforce. The focus of the module then shifts towards an exploration how these problems and others can be best controlled and managed. An overarching model of prevention and organisational interventions is suggested, covering both a risk based perspective and a positive psychological perspective. Examples of interventions are considered both at the individual and organizational level. Future challenges, both theoretical and practical are identified.
Semester two covers the core modules listed below:
C84ODC - Organisational Development and Change
This module provides an introduction to various approaches to understanding organisations and the environments in which they operate. Areas covered include:
- Perspectives on organisational development and change
- Evaluation of change
- Organisational development interventions
- Organisations & organisational culture
- Teamworking Leadership and change
C84TRN - Training in Organisations
The module is in two parts. The first part focuses on theories of learning and the application of these to training development and design in organisations. Issues relating to training needs analysis, training transfer and evaluation of training are also considered. The second part of the module focuses on the design and operation of performance appraisals in organisations, with particular emphasis on fairness in appraisals and a critical evaluation of the use of 360 degree feedback. Using case studies and organisational scenarios students will consider the practical aspects of developing and delivering training programmes and appraisals in organisations. This module will be assessed by an examination which is in two parts, reflecting each part of the module.
C84OSA - Occupational Selection and Assessment
This module covers contemporary issues in selection and assessment both from a psychological perspective and as an important personnel system for organisations. It provides discussion of: the nature of the selection system, organisational and job analysis, recruitment, selection interviewing and psychometric testing, selection validation, the nature and use of assessment centres, and the adverse impact of selection methods. The emphasis throughout the module is on selection as a process comprising an identification stage, a design and delivery stage, and an evaluation stage, with multiple feedback loops between stages.
C84CSW - Consultancy Skills
The module covers the core consultancy skills required by those studying occupational, work and organisational, occupational health and health psychology. It also considers ethical issues and the Code of Conduct of the British Psychological Society.
You will be required to study the following full year core modules:
C84QNT - Quantitative Methods
Through a series of lectures, practical workshops and assignments, the module will take students through the design, operationalization, data-collection, data analysis, and report-writing processes of a quantitative research study in mental health and applied psychology, covering the following topics:
- Formulating the study question; correlational vs experimental methods; within-subjects vs between-subjects designs; testing longitudinal effects; confounds; control conditions.
- Operationalisation: Measurement instruments; standardised tests and normed values (Standard Scores, Scaled scores, T scores); summary statistics, distributions (normal and non-normal), expressing the null hypothesis; the concept of falsification.
- Refining the study design; statistical power, sampling, randomisation, blinding, pre-and post-tests, test-retest reliability, inter-rater reliability, correction for multiple hypotheses.
- Data Analysis: General Linear Model including multiple regression analysis, and factorial ANOVA; concept of residuals; concept of model fitting and the meaning of a p-value; Parametric and Non-Parametric statistics: t, F, r and chi square; Control of Type I and Type II error; reporting effect sizes and interpreting null findings.
- Advanced techniques and software including Multi-Level Modelling;Meta analysis;Factor Analysis; Path Analysis
C84QRM - Qualitative Research Methods
This module considers a range of qualitative approaches suitable for psychologists. Students will be introduced to the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings and practical application of a number of qualitative research methods. The teaching will combine lectures, workshops, student-led seminars and self-directed study. Specific topics included will be: - developing qualitative research questions -consideration of philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of qualitative methods - choosing an appropriate qualitative method - the methods available - ethical issues in qualitative research - evaluation and critical appraisal of qualitative research evidence
C84ARP - Applied Research Project
Over the summer period, you will complete the Applied Research Project (ARP). This final module is taught in both semesters and gives you the opportunity to consolidate your skills and experience, and to explore a topic covered during the course in greater depth. To all intents and purposes, the ARP offers students an important opportunity to deliver a piece of professional applied research.
Please note that all module details are subject to change.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.