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LUBS5381M The Psychology of Effective Organizations

15 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Olivia Solomon

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module considers the ways in which individual, team and organizational factors effect employee behaviour at work; and it demonstrates how appreciating such factors can help people to design effective organizations. The module combines theory, research evidence and practitioner expertise to provide a rich account of these factors and outcomes. Specific factors/topics covered on the module include motivation, decision making, well-being, teamwork, leadership and work design. On completion of the module, students should possess a critical understanding of human behaviour in contemporary organizations, as well as a critical understanding of the conduct of research within the field of organizational psychology. The module comprises 10 teaching sessions, which include a combination of workshops and guided study. Ahead of each week’s workshop, students are provided with a workbook and pre-learning materials. Then, students attend a workshop where they will discuss and analyse key theories and research studies, and further consolidate their learning through applied case studies and group activities. Feedback will be provided through these workshop discussions, with further opportunities for students to plan and write mock essays to help prepare for their module assessment. The module is assessed through a written examination (100% of assessment).


The aim of this module is to enable students to develop an evidenced-based understanding of individual, group and organisational-level issues relating to the psychology of human effectiveness/performance in contemporary organisations.

Learning outcomes
Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to critically evaluate:
- the role of psychology in realising organisational effectiveness
- individual, team and organisational-level factors that influence employee behaviour
- theoretical approaches and processes to explain employee behaviour
Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
Subject specific skills
- think critically about theory and the conduct of research within the field of organisational psychology
- conduct critical evaluation of work settings and report on results
- utilise knowledge to influence decision-making in order to enhance practice

Transferable skills
- communicate ideas (orally and written) in a transparent and professional manner
- work effectively as a team member to solve problems and present solutions

Skills outcomes
The module will develop a range of skills, including oral communication and analytical skills, by group-based problem-solving tasks, analysis of case studies, and a multi-perspective approach to understanding events and effects.


The module provides an introduction to the discipline of organisational psychology, covering core topics within the field such as individual differences, work design and motivation, stress and well-being, team working, and leadership.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours117.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Class learning is supported by a range of online video and other resources accessed through Minerva. Students are also expected to further their understanding through reading. The module has a core set of readings and there will also be an annotated reading list of contemporary journal articles to deepen coverage of specific topics. The non-contact hours will comprise students’ private study and independent learning, including: subject matter readings, both prior to and during the module; preparation for the discussions and case studies; research and collaboration for group activities; independent research and preparation for the coursework assignment; and additional private study to further their own knowledge and understanding of the topics.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

1) Students will be offered formative feedback on activities and exercises undertaken in workshops.
2) Summative feedback will take the form of a final examination grade.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by examination.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:28:10


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