Industrial Psychology (BPS103)



Learn about Behaviour in the Workplace

Industrial psychology is also called organisational psychology, or increasingly these days as occupational psychology. Some even call it work psychology. Nonetheless, these terms are all interchangeable. They all refer to the study of people, and groups of people, in work settings and how the individual, other people around them, or the work environment can affect their work behaviour.

In this course you will discover how individual traits can impact upon a person’s aptitude, how and when psychological testing is used to match employees to job roles, and what managers can do to help motivate employees. We shall look at how groups can be detrimental to work productivity and how they can enhance it. Of course, productivity is not just all about the individual – the environment plays a significant role, so we’ll also examine how the work place can be modified to improve overall health and wellbeing of employees and work satisfaction.

Find out better ways to manage workers and workplaces to optimise performance and everyone’s wellbeing.


What this Course Covers

There are ten lessons in this course, as follows:

  1. Introduction
  2. Understanding the Employees’ Thinking
  3. Personality & Temperament
  4. Psychological Testing
  5. Management & Managers
  6. The Work Environment
  7. Motivation and Incentives
  8. Recruitment
  9. Social Considerations
  10. Abnormalities and Disorders

Extra Reading
The following books, available through this web site are relevant supplementary reading for this course

Working with People
Occupational Psychology


There are three basic types of assessment.  Assessments are more than just a way of giving you a final result though!  For us; these assessments are opportunities to revisit things you have studied; interact with our academic staff, and look at things from another perspective. Psychologists know that true learning requires revisiting what you learn. Through these assessments, your learning is strengthened and in doing so, your ability to retain and apply your learning after study is strengthened.
By giving you different types of assessment tasks, the ways in which you encounter information is varied.  The three types of assessments are:
1.    Self-assessment tests (SAT):  These are presented during each lesson and are essentially an on-line quiz.  These provide immediate results, so you are able to identify areas that require further work.
2.    Assignments: These are undertaken at the end of each lesson and are designed to consolidate the lesson aim and the content.
3.    Optional Final Exam: Upon successful completion of all the lessons, you are able to choose to sit a final exam.  This can be sat at your convenience.  There is an additional cost for this option.  Upon successful completion of the exam, you will receive a formal transcript as proof of your results.


How Long Will You Take?

This course is flexible, allowing you to study at times that suit you.  It is designed so that most students will take about 100 hours to complete it.  What that looks like, is totally up to you.

Recognition and Ethics

This college is a member of the ACS Affiliates Network.  These are Colleges that are located in offices around the world and are affiliated with each other through ACS Distance Education.  Courses are developed with input from all the staff at these colleges, reflect internationally accepted standards and needs.

A strict “No Plagiarism” policy exists. Assignments are checked for plagiarism, and if plagiarism is detected, work will not be deemed to have been completed and will be penalised.

How This Course Could Help You

This course is of great importance for employers, those in positions of management, and those who deal with employees on a daily basis such as in personnel management. Most people of working age spend the better part of their day in employment. Understanding how to make this experience better for all concerned is paramount.

Others who will benefit from this course include those looking towards a career in organisational psychology, HR or personnel management, people who aspire to taking greater responsibility in the workplace, and those with a general interest in psychology.


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