Fall 2022 - BPK 381 B100

Psychology of Work (3)

Class Number: 5016

Delivery Method: Blended


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 15, 2022
    Thu, 12:00–3:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 210 or both of BPK 207 and STAT 201. Corequisite: STAT 201 may be taken concurrently. Recommended: BPK 180.



The application of psychological principles and methods to the study of human performance at work. A systems approach will be taken to study the interactions among the individual worker, his/her task, groups of workers, and the management structure of the organization.


Course Structure - Pre-learning online 1 hour(OL), face to face 2 hours(F-F)


Learning Outcomes


Pre-learning online

Face to face session



Week 1


Friday Sept 9th only




1. Develop appreciation for the importance of healthy work

2. Get to know other students, create a supportive environment

Complete "who is in the class survey" (L-L)


Complete "who is in the class survey" (L-L)

Plagiarism & A I Tutorial (L-C) (3)


Lecture: Healthy Work (T-L)


Introduction to course and blended format





Week 2


Organizations and Socialization

Sept 12th


CLO 1,2

1.  Summarize how different organizational structures influence culture, climate, roles and norms impact the health of workplaces.

CLO 1,2

2.  1. Critique the limitations and methods of psychological research as they apply to understanding psychology in the workplace.

 Research in psychology of work

Introduction Video

Current topic video/blog (1)

Activity TBD (L-L) (2)

Online lectures: Research (T-L) (3)


Review study questions

Lecture: Organizations and socialization (3)

Case Study – SFU  (4)

Integration Activity (5)

      Exploring structure at SFU

Review study questions

Lecture: Elements of an Organization (T-L) (3)

Research Case Study (4)

Integration Activity (5)

      Defining SFU culture Activity



Week 3

Individuals at Work

Sept 19th



Examine demographic trends in today’s workplaces and interpret challenges & benefits for individuals, organizations and society.



Introduction to Individuals at Work Video

Current topic - Pay gap video(L-C)

                   -Male Nurses (1)

Activity (L-L) (2)

Online lecture: Individuals at Work Aging, culture, discriminationT-L) (3)

Draft topic for research paper (T-L,L-L)

Review study questions

Case studies (L-C) (4)

discrimination in the workplace(L-L)

Integration Activity (5)





 Quiz 1 –Weeks  1-3


Week 4

 Writing a thesis statement

Sept 27th – no Friday Class



Topic, question, claim, thesis


Lecture: Writing Research Papers – Guest(T-L) (3)


No class today




Week 5

Psychosocial stress

Oct 3rd


CLO 2,5,8

1. Describe mechanisms which relate psychosocial stress to physical and mental illness, injury, accidents and antisocial behavior at work.

Flip grid about stress experience

Introduction to Stress Video

Current topic video/blog (1)

Flip grid about stress experience (2)

2 mini lectures: Stress Model (T-L) (3)

Review study questions

Lecture: Stress and health(T-L) (3)

Stress case study activity (4)

Integration Activity (5)







Week 6

 Job Satisfaction and Job Analysis

Oct 10th


CLO 1,2,4,8

Describe and apply metrics for measuring job satisfaction

2 Apply satisfaction theories to case studies

CLO , 4

1. Integrate material to select job analysis techniques for identifying job design concerns and apply these to case studies 



Intro to Satisfaction and Job Analysis Video

Current topic video/blog (1)

Activity: TBD (2)

2 mini lectures: Satisfaction (T-L) (3)


Review study questions

Lecture Job Analysis techniques(T-L) (3)

Nasa Workload Index Activity(L-L,L-C) (4)

Integration Activity (5)

                Psychological Healthy Workplace Standard Activity(L-L,L-C)Integration Activity (5)

        Satisfaction surveys

Quiz 2 - Weeks 4-5




Week 7

Midterm Exam

Oct 17th




Review for midterm (T-L, L-L)

Midterm exam

MIDTERM EXAM Modules 1-6.1



Week 8


Oct 24th


CLO 1,2,4,8

1. Describe and apply metrics for measuring motivation

2 Apply motivation

theories to case studies 


Flip grid about motivation experience

Introduction to Motivation Video

Current topic video/blog (1)

Flip grid about motivation experience (2)

2 mini lectures: Motivation (T-L) (3)

Review study questions

Lecture: Motivation(T-L) (3)

Stress case study activity (4)

Integration Activity (5)

       Exploring Motivation at SFU






Week 9  Personnel Selection


Oct 31st



.1.  Describe how personnel selection and training, influence psychological health in the workplace.

2. Interpret legislation for discrimination and drug/alcohol use at work.


Introduction to Personnel Selection Video

Current topic video/blog (1)

Case Studies Activity(L-C) (2)

2 mini lectures: Personnel Selection (T-L) (3)

Review study questions

Lecture Selection(T-L) (3)

Selection Activity(L-L,L-C) (4)

Integration Activity (5)

      Selection procedures SFU



Quiz 3 Weeks 6-8




Week 10



Nov 7th – No Fri class


CLO 1,2,3,4,6,8



 Discussion about training experience

Word cloud


Introduction to Training Video

Current topic video/blog (1)

Activity TBD(L-C) (2)

2 mini lectures: Training (T-L) (3)

No Class today





Week 11

Shift Work

Nov 14th

CLO 1,2,4,5,8

1. Outline the effects of schedule design on fatigue, circadian rhythm and health and create solutions to address concerns


Introduction to Shift Work Video

Current topic video/blog (1)

Sleepiness Scale(L-L,L-C) (3)

Activity TBD(L-C) (2)

2 mini lectures: Shift Work(T-L) (3)

Review study questions

Lecture Shift Work(T-L) (3)

Shift Work Activity(L-L,L-C) (4)

Integration Activity (5)


Student Presentation: Various(L-L,L-C)


Week 12

Participatory Design Models



Nov 21st

CLO 1,2,4,7,8

1. Communicate evidence-based knowledge about a topic relevant to course material


Introduction to Unions Video

Current topic video/blog (1)

Activity - Ted Talk - Holocracies(L-C)(L-C) (2)

2 mini lectures: Unions(T-L) (3)

Review study questions

Lecture Teams(T-L) (3)

Teams Activity(L-L,L-C) (4)

Integration Activity (5)


Research Paper Nov 25th

Student Presentation: Various(L-L,L-C)



Week 13

Physical Design

Accidents and Human Error

Nov 28th

CLO 1,2

1.Identify the impact of psychological factors in accidents in the workplace


Safety program video(L-C)

Intro to Human Error Video

Current topic -Human Factors in Healthcare video(L-C)(1)

Activity – TBD (2)

2 mini lectures: Human Error(T-L)

Review study questions

Lecture Physical Design(T-L) (3)

Design Activity(L-L,L-C) (4)

Case Study in aviation human error(L-L,L-C) (4)

Integration Activity (5)


Quiz 4 Weeks 9-13

Student Presentation: Various(L-L,L-C)


Final Exam (exam week TBD)



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