About this Course
We can spend up to a third of our time at work. It is fair to say work is a highly significant part of our lives. How do we find a job that suits us? How do we carry out our work in a productive way? How do we keep ourselves motivated and engaged at work? How can we effectively design work for other people? If you have been thinking about at least some of these questions, then this course is for you. In this course, you will learn how to use psychology to understand and improve the work life of yourself and those around you. We will be looking at key topic areas in work psychology that affect people's performance and well-being at work, including: individual differences in personality and cognitive ability; motivation at work; teamwork; leadership; work design and occupational health and safety. Collectively, these topics give you a broad understanding about work psychology both from an individual perspective and from a group-based and organisational perspective. Each week, you will meet one or two world-leading professors in the field of work psychology. The professors will take you through the journey by introducing current theories and research evidence in respective topic areas. You will have lots of opportunities to engage in self-reflections and group discussions; you will also be given several self-assessments that help you understand your own psychological attributes and work characteristics. An important note so that you are aware of the level of this course. This course is designed for anyone who has interest in Work / Organisational Psychology yet who has NOT completed formal training in Psychology. This is a foundational course that will introduce you to a number of key topics in Work Psychology so that you will understand this area of research and practice, and how you can apply some of the theories and findings into your own work life. This course is NOT designed for people who already have completed substantial formal studies or training in Work Psychology-related areas, such as leadership training. If you have done so, you will likely find this course less suitable for your level, and you might want to consider a more advanced Work Psychology course. Welcome to Psychology at Work and we wish you all the best in this learning journey!
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

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Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week
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English

Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

PsychologySocial PsychologyRecruitmentManagement
Globe

100% online course

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Clock

Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week
Comment Dots

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Welcome and Module 1: Individual Difference

Welcome to Psychology at Work! In the first module, we start from the concept of individual differences at work. In particular, we look at two individual difference factors - cognitive ability and personality, to understand how they affect our work behaviours and performance. We also briefly look at how to use our knowledge in individual differences to make better personnel selection decisions. ...
Reading
11 videos (Total 35 min), 15 readings, 2 quizzes
Video11 videos
Welcome from course director2m
Using the Discussion Forums0m
Introduction to Module 11m
Video 1: What is individual difference?3m
Video 2: What is cognitive ability?5m
Video 3: What is personality?5m
Video 4: How to select people effectively4m
Video 5: When things go wrong - Discrimination in selection3m
Bonus video: Meet the researcher3m
Research Update March 20181m
Reading15 readings
Who we are5m
Key elements of the course5m
About the surveys in the course5m
Pre-course survey10m
Forum reminder1m
About the professors2m
About the self-reflections1m
Cognitive ability assessment20m
Personality assessment15m
Applying psychology knowledge in personnel selection1m
Forum reminder1m
Module 1 summary1m
More on the Volunteer Recruitment Project10m
Frequently Asked Questions15m
Suggested readings and additional resources30m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Self-reflection on individual differences15m
Module 1 quiz10m

2

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Module 2: Work Motivation

In this module, we look at another individual difference factor at work: employee motivation. We discuss what motivation is, and how to motivate ourselves as well as others at work. We also look at different types of motivations and how they affect our work behaviours and performance. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 17 min), 9 readings, 3 quizzes
Video5 videos
Video 1: What is motivation?4m
Video 2: How can goals be used for motivation?4m
Video 3: What type of motivators work best?3m
Bonus video: Meet the researcher3m
Reading9 readings
Forum reminder3m
About the professor2m
Goal setting5m
Giving constructive feedback15m
Forum reminder1m
Forum reminder10m
Work motivation assessment5m
Module 2 summary1m
Suggested readings and additional resources30m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Self-reflection on your work motivation15m
Self-reflection on your motivational types15m
Module 2 quiz20m

3

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Module 3: Teamwork

In this week, we look beyond individuals to learn about teams. We discuss why we need teams, how to make teams effective, and how to manage the challenges of working in teams, such as conflicts. We also discuss the implications of team diversity and how it can be used to overcome conflicts and improve team effectiveness....
Reading
7 videos (Total 26 min), 9 readings, 3 quizzes
Video7 videos
Video 1: Why do we need teams?3m
Video 2: What makes teams effective?4m
Video 3: What is team conflict?4m
Video 4: Diversity in teams4m
Bonus video: Meet the researcher5m
Research Update June 20182m
Reading9 readings
Forum reminder3m
About the professors2m
Virtual team simulation activity10m
Further learning about team effectiveness10m
Conflict resolution assessment5m
Introduction to team diversity1m
Module 3 summary1m
Frequently Asked Questions5m
Suggested readings and additional resources30m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Self-reflection on your teamwork experiences5m
Self-reflection on your conflict resolution style15m
Module 3 quiz20m

4

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Module 4: Leadership

When we work together in teams, we often need leaders. In this week, we discuss the concept of leadership, and two important yet distinct aspects of leadership: who tends to emerge as leaders, and what types of leaders are effective? In addition, given the importance of leadership in organisational change, we discuss the strategies that leaders can adopt to enact effective changes....
Reading
7 videos (Total 23 min), 6 readings, 4 quizzes
Video7 videos
Video 1: What is leadership?5m
Video 2: How do leaders emerge?3m
Video 3: What makes an effective leader?3m
Video 4: How to lead organisational change?3m
Bonus video: Meet the researcher2m
Research Update June 20183m
Reading6 readings
Forum reminder3m
About the professor2m
Assessing your manager's leadership style5m
Forum reminder1m
Module summary1m
Suggested readings and additional resources30m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Self-reflection of your leader's style15m
Self reflection on emerging leadership15m
Reflection on your manager's leadership style10m
Module 4 quiz20m

5

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Module 5: Work Design

In this week, we will look at work design - an important issue for organisations. How should organisations design jobs for employees in order to boost their performance and well-being? We explore the concept of work design and its historical development, and we draw from academic literature to explore the characteristics that make jobs motivating and meaningful. We also discuss the issue of employee over-qualification, which is partly resulted from poor work design, and look at how it can be managed effectively. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 34 min), 11 readings, 3 quizzes
Video8 videos
Video 1: What is work design?5m
Video 2: History of work design3m
Video 3: Designing motivating work5m
Video 4: Theory of work design5m
Video 5: How to redesign work3m
Video 6: Overqualification in organisations4m
Bonus video: Meet the researcher5m
Reading11 readings
Forum reminder3m
Pre-work for Module 525m
About the professors2m
Notes on Taylorism10m
Notes on work design1m
Work characteristics assessment20m
Introduction to work re-design1m
Forum reminder1m
Introduction to overqualification1m
Module summary1m
Suggested readings and additional resources30m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Self-reflection of your work characteristics20m
Self reflection on how to redesign your job15m
Module 5 quiz20m

6

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Module 6: Safety and Health

In this last module, we discuss the importance of safety and health in the workplace, and the impact that workplace accidents can have on individuals and organisations. We also look at the benefits for organisations by creating a safe and healthy workplace....
Reading
7 videos (Total 25 min), 11 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Video 1: How to build a safe workplace6m
Video 2: How to build a healthy workplace5m
Video 3: Health and safety driving productivity3m
Bonus video: Meet the researcher3m
Research Update June 20185m
Farewell from course director0m
Reading11 readings
Forum reminder3m
About the professor2m
Texas City Refinery Explosion0m
Forum reminder1m
Notes on work stressors10m
Notes on the benefits of health and safety20m
Module summary1m
Suggested readings and additional resources30m
Post-course survey5m
Where to from here?2m
Acknowledgements1m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 6 quiz20m
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12%

started a new career after completing these courses
Briefcase

83%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

Top Reviews

By MBApr 7th 2018

I've learned a lot about the things that managers should be aware of and have in mind when managing people: from workplace design to working in teams and making sure everyone is safe at the workplace.

By GHMay 22nd 2018

All my life I have a very important connection with the work world. I apprecieted to much this important course and they consider I could be a Mentor in the field. THANKS VERY MUCH

Instructors

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Sharon Parker

Professor
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Mark Griffin

Professor
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Kerrie Unsworth

Honorary Research Fellow
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Zhijun Chen

Lecturer
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Aleksandra Luksyte

Senior Lecturer
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Lena Wang

Program Manager

About University of Western Australia

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