This unit of study examines organisational, legal, political, ethical, professional, physical and psychological issues encountered by employees in the workplace. Concerns pertinent to the particular occupations and workplaces of the class participants will be identified, and considered, in relation to other occupational groups. Issues such as: role and task definitions, the extrinsic and intrinsic meaning or value of work to the individual, personality characteristics and work, recognition of mental health factors in relation to work, and the suitability of an employee for a specific occupation will be discussed. How psychological measures and techniques may be useful in choosing employees, managing change and conflict, dealing with occupational health and safety issues and maintaining employee satisfaction will also be explored.

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APP2013 - Psychology 2A

APP2014 - Psychology 2B

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Work collaboratively in critiquing and commentating on psychological issues pertinent to work and work settings;  
  2. Critically review their academic and professional achievements and goals and prepare a job application commensurate with their skills and qualifications;  
  3. Critically reflect on workplace psychological issues; and  
  4. Critique literature and discuss this literature in relation to a contemporary psychological issue in the workplace.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Job application exercise (1000 words) 15%
Presentation Seminar presentation and discussion (30 minutes) 25%
Essay Essay on contemporary topic in work psychology (1800 words) 50%
Journal Reflective journal on four seminar presentations (800 words) 10%

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