Fall 2019 - BPK 381 D100
Psychology of Work (3)
Class Number: 5240
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Th 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SECB 1014, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 14, 2019
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
SWH 10041, Burnaby
1 778 782-5213
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.
|History of I/O Psychology and Ergonomics
Elements of an Organization
|Seminar /paper Topics Individuals at work Occupational Health Stress, Health and Injury|
|Occupational Health Stress, Health and Injury Job satisfaction/fairness|
|V I||Work Design|
|Job analysis techniques Review for Midterm|
|V II||Work Design|
|Designing healthy work
The Psychological Standard
|Personnel Assessment Selection
Training and Development
|Schedules: Shift work and fatigue|
|Physical design, satisfaction and performance
Accidents, Culture, Human Error
|Teams and Teamwork
|Work in the Future
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
At the end of the course students will be able to:
- Explain the role of work in supporting healthy individuals, organizations and societies.
- Identify how different organizational structures (classical, hierarchical, participatory, unionized, adhocracies) influence culture, climate, roles and norms and impact the health of workplaces.
- Describe the requirement, limitations and methods of psychological research as they apply to understanding psychology in the workplace.
- Summarize major trends in personnel demographics in today’s workplaces and outline the challenges and benefits for individuals, organizations and society.
- Integrate course material to describe the mechanisms which relate psychosocial stress to physical and mental illness, injury and antisocial behavior in the workplace.
- Describe metrics for measuring job satisfaction and motivation in the workplace, identify personal and organizations factors which influence satisfaction and motivation and apply theories to case studies to predict the impact of satisfaction and motivation on performance, absenteeism and turnover.
- Integrate material to select job analysis techniques for identifying job design concerns and apply these to case studies.
- Describe how personnel selection methods, training, teamwork, physical design influence psychological health in the workplace.
- Describe the effect of shiftwork and schedule design on fatigue, circadian rhythm and health outcomes.
- Describe “Duty to accommodate” and “Human rights” legislation as it relates to discrimination and drug and alcohol use in the workplace.
- Identify the impact of psychological factors in accidents in the workplace. Describe “human error” and identify ways it can be reduced.
- Apply the Canadian Psychologically Healthy Workplace Standard in identifying evidence based solutions to hazardous workplace design.
- Communicate evidence-based knowledge about a topic of interest relevant to course material in either an oral or written format.
- Research Paper/ Seminar 25%
- Quizzes 12%
- On-line discussion/ participation in seminars 10%
- Midterm Exam 20%
- Final Exam 33%
Readings will be provided through on-line sources
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