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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2011-2012 (archived)


Department: Business School (Business)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2011/12 Module Cap
Tied to N1D317
Tied to N1D217
Tied to N1D314


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • In today’s business environment, where projects are increasingly done in teams and almost all business is cooperative, psychology has become an important management tool. This Elective explores managerial psychology, an area of applied psychology that engages in the systematic study of management behaviour in organisational settings. Adopting a broadly evolutionary perspective, the nature of the management role is examined in depth, together with all those individual, interpersonal and environmental factors that may enhance or impede individual performance, efficiency and job satisfaction. Whilst one outcome of the elective is that participants will come to better understand themselves in the roles of both manager and ‘managed’, the primary goal is to illustrate how a grounded understanding of human behaviour can contribute to the development of a more effective managerial style.


  • Psychology and Management
  • Motivating People
  • Attitudes and Job Satisfaction
  • Personality and its Measurement
  • Learning
  • Leaders and Leadership
  • The Psychology of Careers
  • The Psychology of Stress

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Understand individual behaviour in management situations and the role of applied psychology as a managerial tool.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Be able to analyse and interpret a range of managerial styles, together with individual and group responses to those managerial styles.
  • Have acquired the skills needed to design and implement managerial psychology research projects.
Key Skills:

    Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

    • The module is delivered in discrete Units. These are designed to enable the learning outcomes to be achieved through a combination of specially written material, directed reading, reflection through self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading. Module tutors provide feedback on formative work and are available for individual consultation as necessary (by email, telephone, post or fax).
    • The written assignment will test students’ understanding of relevant concepts and their ability to apply and interpret what they have learned to the analysis of a particular issue in depth.

    Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

    Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
    D L Study Units (a combination of specially written material, directed reading, self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading) 150
    Total 150

    Summative Assessment

    Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
    Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
    Written Assignment 4,000 words maximum 100%

    Formative Assessment:

    1 Compulsory Tutor Assessed Assignment, (1,500 words).

    Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University