HR9406 - Work Psychology for Human Resource Management (HRM)

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What will I learn on this module?

The Level 4 “Work Psychology for HRM” module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of different psychological theories related to the workplace. In particular you will explore how these theories can be used to improve the understanding of the management of people and the employment relationship. The module will provide you with a strong understanding of how these theories influence HRM practices that are designed to improve employee motivation, leadership ability, learning and development, recruitment and selection, staff productivity, job satisfaction and the quality of working life for employees. Topics covered will embrace cognitive psychology and social psychology. This will include:

Cognitive psychology focusing on cognitive functioning where you will learn about the aspects and dimensions of cognition that are used in everyday life. Topics will include:
• Perception (and sensation)
• Memory and Learning
• Individual differences: Personality
• Individual differences: Intelligence
• Communicative processes
• Thinking, problem solving, deductive reasoning and judgement, decision making
• Attitudes at work: Motivation, satisfaction and organisational commitment

Social psychology focusing on understanding individual behaviour in a social context where you will learn how we navigate through our social world with real-world examples to demonstrate practical implications. Topics will include:
• Formation of attitudes, behaviours, emotions and identities e.g. stereotyping, prejudice and conflict
• Social influence and social identity
• Group dynamics including intrapersonal, interpersonal and intergroup aspects of psychology
• Understanding difference and diversity

Real life case-study examples of workplace issues will be used to illustrate the lectures and you will be asked to actively identify how the concepts and models studied apply to your own experiences of work (where applicable).

How will I learn on this module?

The lectures will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and perspectives underpinning the module content. The lectures require you to have undertaken prior reading, independent learning and you will be expected to have read core textbook chapters. This will be supplemented by additional research related to the topic (for example, academic journal papers).

In addition, interactive seminar activities will provide you with the opportunity to practice group based and problem based activities enabling you to place the psychological theory into a practical context. The activities will focus on specific topics and will include group work, group presentations and examination of case studies to reinforce your understanding of such theories as they relate to HRM. During your participation in group activities through the undertaking of group exercises and personal reflection you will develop personally, develop team working skills and peer review skills.

You will also be encouraged to engage in directed study. The main basis for this independent study will be through further reading. You will be provided with an electronic reading list. Moreover this will develop your self-reflection and independent learning skills.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported academically by the member of academic staff leading the module who will make a variety of resources available to you. Your module is supported by an e-learning portal, which acts as a repository for lecture materials; seminar workshops exercises and materials; and assessment details. In addition the eLP houses the wide-ranging electronic reading list that comprises the reading material that supports the module (including direct links to textbooks, journal papers, academic and conference reports) and various support facilities such as tests that you are required to complete. You will also be provided with support from your student peers in the lectures and seminars.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Demonstrate conceptual knowledge of HRM by evaluating theoretical approaches and findings in the area and explore the challenges in applying psychology theory to the workplace to support HRM solutions. (MLO1)

• Demonstrate conceptual knowledge of social and cognitive psychology by evaluating theoretical approaches and findings in the area and understand and explain the importance of the contribution of psychology theory to the practice of HRM. (MLO2)

Intellectual/Professional skills & abilities:
• Develop key HRM skills and abilities including problem solving, collaboration, decision making, influencing and ability to challenge constructively. (MLO3)

• Self-reflect and describe the outcomes from the perspective of your HRM development. (MLO4)

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment: You will be involved in case study and applied problem-based learning activities that will be discussed in groups. You will be encouraged to provide examples from your personal experience and comment upon those of others in small group activities and discussions.

Summative Assessment:

You will be required to complete a battery of psychometrics on-line e.g. personality assessments, communication style assessments and stress assessments.

You will be required to write a reflective paper of 1,500 words about your personal results and on the value of the assessments in terms of your self-awareness, personal and professional development.

MLO1, MLO2, MLO3 and MLO4 will be addressed by the reflective paper.





Module abstract

In this module you will be introduced to key psychological theories and research findings. This will give you an understanding of how human behaviour is influenced by cognitions and social interactions. This will incorporate an understanding of the historical and contemporary development of those theories with a particular emphasis on their relationship to HRM. You will also learn about ethical issues and practical implications of each perspective. By the end of this module you will be able to discuss and evaluate theories that have impacted on the direction of HRM theory, research and application. The module is taught using interactive lectures and workshops, which will help you develop core knowledge of each area. The workshops will also encourage you to develop important attributes, such as communication, self-reflection, teamwork skills, problem solving, collaboration, decision making, influencing and the ability to challenge constructively.

Course info

UCAS Code N600

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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