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C84OSH Organisations, Stress and Health
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Postgraduate students on applied psychology courses within the School of Medicine Available to JYA/Erasmus students.   Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  The module explores the role of psychological, social and organisational factors in individual and organisational health and the promotion of well being at work. Drawing from key literature in occupational health psychology, a major theme is work-related stress - its nature, causes and effects. The most common causes of work-related ill-health concern adverse aspects of the way jobs are organised and people are managed. The experience of stress offers one vehicle for understanding the link between those adverse working conditions and individual and organisational ill-health. The module also considers other major contemporary concerns such as absence from work and the implications of an ageing workforce. The focus of the module then shifts towards an exploration how these problems and others can be best controlled and managed. An overarching model of prevention and organisational interventions is suggested, covering both a risk based perspective and a positive psychological perspective. Examples of interventions are considered both at the individual and organizational level. Future challenges, both theoretical and practical are identified.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 6 weeks1 per week3 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
Contact time: 18 hours Self-managed learning groups: 10 hours. Personal study: 72 hours

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100 1 x 2 hour examination 

Professor S Leka

Education Aims:  AIMS: The module aims to provide students with knowledge about the interface between the design and management of work and health, with particular emphasis on work-related stress. OBJECTIVES: On completion of this module, students should be able to: i) understand and describe the interface between the design and management of work on the one hand, and individual and organisational health on the other, ii) illustrate this knowledge with reference to several contemporary workplace issues (eg. work stress, increasing numbers of older workers, absenteeism) iii) discuss various practical implications.

Learning Outcomes:  Knowledge and Understanding of:

The changing nature of work and issues affecting the modern workplace

The nature and impact of work related stress, on individuals and organisations

How to tackle work related stress through appropriate interventions

How to promote well being at work

Intellectual Skills: problem solving, analysis & synthesis, critical evaluation and independent learning.

Professional Practical Skills: the ability to reflect on what the research means for practice.

Transferable Skills: retrieve information from databases and the Internet.

Offering School:  Medicine

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