PY0777 - Workplace Well-being

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the field of workplace well-being from both a theoretical/academic and applied perspective. The module focuses upon the role and impact of modern workplaces and working practices on employee health and well-being and the evidence base for creating good working environments that facilitate health and well-being. Topics covered include occupational stress, employee engagement and well-being, workplace bullying and intervention to promote well-being at work. You will develop a broad perspective on employee health and well-being that takes account of a range of factors including biological psychological and social factors that impact employee well-being. The combined academic and practical focus will enhance your capability to apply an evidence based approach to issues relating to well-being at work.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, workshops, group activities and independent learning .Lectures will combine with independent study and preparation to support you in mastering theories and concepts and prepare you for module exercises.

Independent study is supported by the University’s e-learning portal (elp) which will give you access to a range of study mediums including, academic journals, e-books, podcasts and lecture/presentation recordings for example. Essential and recommended independent study and preparation will be given in advance of lectures via the digitised module reading list.

Student based activities are an important feature of the module enabling you to work in small groups or pairs to apply knowledge and develop skills. Scenarios and cases studies are used to reinforce the applied nature of the subject and help with the transfer of theoretical concepts and academic findings to the real world. The interactive nature of the student based activities will give you opportunities to develop confidence and skills in areas such as group working, critique and debate and presentation skills for example along with professional practical skills such as intervention design which in can enhance your employability.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will include feedback from module tutors during group during small-group seminars and tutorials. In particular they will support you in adapting to the learning approach and consolidation of knowledge throughout the module and how it relates to other modules within the programme In addition tutors will respond to questions via the module’s discussion board at the University’s eLearning Portal so that the whole group can benefit.

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:

1. You will be expected to critically evaluate theoretical models of workplace well-being

2. You will develop your ability to utilise an evidence base to evaluate workplace well-being interventions

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

1 You will develop and enhance your professional competence through professional skills development relating to workplace well-being practice

2 You will develop your ability to communicate academic and/or complex information to a range of audiences

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

1. You will be able to identify ethical and professional issues related to research and practice in the field of workplace well-being

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment:

You will participate in group activities and one to one work where you will apply the skills learned as part of the module. Examples include running focus groups, extracting and communicating information from complex reports and trialling well-being interventions. Feedback will be provided verbally by the module tutor on your skills development and peer feedback will be encouraged as part of the process. Self-assessment and reflection will also be encouraged .Where appropriate written feedback will also be provided by the module tutor to identify ways to support skill development and employability enhancement. (KU1, KU2, IPSA2, PVA1)

Summative Assessment:
A 4000 word workplace well-being business case style report will provide the opportunity for you to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes (KU1, KU2, IPSA2 and PVA1)





Module abstract

‘Workplace well-being’ will provide you with an appreciation of the role modern workplaces play in the health and well-being of employees. The module will support you in developing a broad perspective on employee health and well-being in considering the impact of a wide range of individual and organisational factors on the well-being of employees and on organisational health. The module essentially seeks to explore and address the question “how do we create great places to work”? Academic and professional literature is utilised alongside interactive activities and case studies to help students to link theory, research and practice. Completion of the module will provide you with key knowledge and skills that are directly relevant to future employment in areas such as occupational psychology, human resource management and consultancy.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
2 other options available

Department Psychology

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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