PY7197 - Well-Being and Work (2017/18)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2017/18, but may be subject to modification|
|Module title||Well-Being and Work|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||20|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||200|
|Running in 2017/18||
A critical examination of the theory and practice associated with worker well being including the relationship of wellbeing being models to health outcomes in the workplace. A critical examination of the theory and practice of well being initiatives including work-life balance, stress reduction programmes, and initiatives to address bullying, harrassment and conflict. The module turns to interventions used in the workplace to promote psychological well-being
Students will gain a critical understanding of a range of theories, models, applied research and application within work and organisational contexts. They will work with organisational case studies and problem-based contexts, and thereby develop skills in applying psychological knowledge to the understanding of client needs and learn to provide solutions to address work problems, taking into account aspects of ethics and safety. In covering the eight core areas of occupational psychology, as defined by the BPS, students will have an enhanced opportunity to enter related postgraduate studies – business psychology and/or occupational psychology. To enhance employability skills, students are presented with mini project based learning opportunities followed by group presentations. Specifically business related case studies are provided necessitating self-managed problem solving within groups. Students are thus given the opportunities to take effective and appropriate action, work effectively with others and develop self-management skills.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.
A critical examination of the theory and practice associated with wellbeing in the work context including consideration of health and safety legislation, historical and contempoary work related stress trends, physical and emotional implications from physical hazards and work related stress including harrassment, bullying and conflict. A critical examination of the theory and practice of positive psychology including resilience. A thorough analysis of workplace interventions to include mindfulness-based interventions (e.g., MBSR and ACT), cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), stress management training, and interventions that have emerged from positive psychology
Topics to include:
The employment lifecycle and its management, including unemployment, outplacement, retirement and post-paid employment
- Traditional and new work patterns including work-life balance
- Occupational health psychology
- Stress in the workplace: causes and symptoms, assessment, prevention and management
- Bullying, harassment and conflict management
- Positive psychological perspectives
- Promoting resilience and well-being
- Emotion in the workplace; recognising the importance and impact of affective responses
Learning and teaching
The module follows the course learning and teaching strategy. It follows the community of practice philosophy and the scientist-practitioner model. Therefore the module adopts a strong experiential learning focus and consists of seminars, practical workshops, presentation, class discussions and lectures. There is a strong use of web based learning to support learning. In order to benefit from the module, students will be expected to prepare work in advance for many of the sessions. Thus their time management, commitment to their studies and demonstration of professionalism with staff and colleagues will be a key to successful completion of this aspect of their course.
As part of this module, students complete a self-learning log to include an evaluation of how this module has facilitated personal development and how they have developed occupational psychology practitioner skills and the competencies within the BPS National Occupational Standards Framework. This results in directed personal and professional development in line with their stated PDP objectives.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
- Critically analyse theory and practice of how work is structured and continues to evolve including the interface of work and non-work,
- Know and critically evaluate any negative effects of work including various theories of stress and pressure and the role of emotions,
- Develop a critical understanding of positive and preventative paradigms in relation to mental and physical health
- Understand and critically evaluate the psychological evidence base for relevant interventions including mindfulness-based interventions and cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), stress management training, and interventions that have emerged from the positive psychology movement.
- Know and understand the legal and ethical framework of workplace health and safety in relation to statutory regulatory bodies
- Understand the employment lifecycle and its management, including unemployment, outplacement and retirement.
The assessment strategy has a strong focus on developing both academic skills like critical thinking and problem solving, and the development of professional and applied skills.
Students will be expected to submit one significant piece of coursework to enable them to demonstrate achievement of the learning aims. It will contain two sections: Part A will contain a critical academic review of the literature considering evaluation of theories, models and research in relation to well-being that should then inform Part B. Part B will consist of a client report specifically written having conducted a practical piece of work within the client context. This section aims to assess the student ability to select and implement appropriate interventions in accordance with the client context and evaluate the implementations proposed.
There is also one unseen examination weighted at 40% and will assess all learning outcomes. The applied coursework is weighted at 60% and is designed to assess outcomes 1 -4. The module can be passed on aggregate of both the exam and coursework.
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