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    Exploration of applied organisational situations connected with how and why workers behave. How to manage and motivate employees through organisational processes such as job design, well-being, selection and performance.

    MANT 347 Occupational Psychology explores how psychological concepts are applied in organisational contexts, connected to how and why workers behave. This paper uses individual difference to understand the workplace and uses this to explore topics such as job analysis, job and workspace design, as well as employee selection, performance and reward. In doing so we understand the employee as an individual with a complex set of needs and ways of working. MANT 347 is designed to give students, particularly those studying human resource management, practical tools to be successful in their career.

    About this paper

    Paper title Occupational Psychology
    Subject Management
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $937.50
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    MANT 250 and 18 further 200-level points
    Schedule C
    May not be credited together with MANT360 passed in 2011 or 2012.
    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator: Paula O'Kane

    Teaching Arrangements

    The paper uses pre-recorded content, combined with workshops and short face-to-face lectures.


    No specific textbook. Chapters recommended from:

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will have:

    • A knowledge of core elements of occupational psychology
    • An understanding of the complex set of factors that combine to influence and/or determine human and work behaviour in organisations
    • An ability to identify the existence and causes of work behaviour problems within organisations
    • Acquired and developed skills that enable them to apply knowledge in order to minimise or resolve complex behavioural problems
    • An understanding of the interrelationships between the various aspects of occupational psychology

    It is also expected that on successful completion of this module students should have developed competence in communication, team working, problem solving and information technology. Competence development in these areas will be facilitated by a range of exercises requiring students to prepare written reports, make presentations, participate in team exercises, administer psychological tools and access literature from electronic sources. Additionally, class exercises will be included to enhance individuals' self-awareness.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
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    A1 Monday 13:00-14:50 10-13, 16, 18-19, 22
    Monday 13:00-15:50 20
    A2 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 10-13, 16, 18-21
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