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PSYC3514 Occupational Health Psychology

15 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Dr Gina Koutsopoulou

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of all pass for progression modules in Level 2 of: BSc Psychology or MPsyc, BSc Advanced Psychology, BA Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Thought (and its International and Industrial variants) or BSc Psychology with Education (and its International and Industrial variants)


PSYC2504Advanced Social Psychology

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Occupational Health Psychology has been defined as 'the application of the principles and practices of applied psychology to occupational health issues: the study of psychological, social and organisational aspects of the dynamic relationship between work and health' (European Academy of Occupational Health).Based on this definition the module aims to introduce students to relevant psychological theories and evidence which form the evidence base for occupational health. This includes theories relating to work stress, work scheduling, work-life balance and health promotion at work. Practical application of theoretical issues will be encouraged via group work based on worksite experience and /or case studies.


This module aims to provide in depth coverage of empirical, conceptual and theoretical issues relating to 'Occupational Health Psychology'. The module will be taught by an expert in the subject.
Students will continue to develop their knowledge in this area of the discipline with particular emphasis on relevant research.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have in depth knowledge of theoretical approaches and a critical understanding of research evidence relating to psychological approaches to health at work.

Specifically, they should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological research and approaches to health at work including approaches to stress, work scheduling, work-life balance, stress management and health promotion at work, worksite interventions.

Students should also be able to demonstrate and integrate this knowledge by applying it to practical case studies and by designing interventions.

Skills outcomes
- Presentation skills
- Group working
- Problem solving skills


Topics covered

1 What is Occupational Health Psychology. The legal frameworks and employers obligations
2: Work stress and health ; theoretical models and interventions
3. Work scheduling and health; theoretical models and interventions
4. Health Behaviour at work, theories and interventions
5. Work life balance theories and interventions.

In addition to 8 lectures spanning the above topics there will be two practical workshops and one poster presentation session. In the workshops students will work on groups to address the issues raised by practical problems presented in case study form. They will be required to integrate knowledge from the lectures and apply it to the case study materials and to design appropriate theory based interventions. Students will be required to present the results of the second workshop in poster form.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Drop-in Session11.001.00
Class tests, exams and assessment11.501.50
Group learning151.0015.00
Private study hours117.50
Total Contact hours32.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- Students will be given detailed guidance about the reading required for each lecture. This will include books, papers and online resources - 4 hours per lecture (32 hours)
- In addition they will be expected to study case study material in advance of the first workshop (10 hours).
- They will also be expected to work together in groups on a further case study which will be based on a worksite visit (or similar case study material). This will form the basis for an assessed group presentation (36 hours)
- Revision for Exam (39.5 hours)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Student progress will be monitored via the group presentation (around approximately week 8).
- Students will be given feedback on the poster and participation will be a formal requirement of the course.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral PresentationGroup presentation20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 15:21:45


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