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MANT347 Occupational Psychology

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 is designed to explore applied organisational situations connected with how and why workers behave. In doing so this paper exposes students to key psychological elements associated with managing employees in the workplace, such as job design and occupational health, as well as selection and performance. The key to this is understanding the employee as an individual with a complex set of needs and ways of working. It is, additionally, important that students interested in human resource management develop knowledge and understanding of the nature of workplace relationships and interactions in order to maximise the performance of human resources within an organisation.

Paper title Occupational Psychology
Paper code MANT347
Subject Management
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $912.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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

This paper is taught via lectures and tutorials (compulsory).


Woods, S. A., & West, M. A. (2015). The psychology of work and organizations. Hampshire: Cengage Learning.


Arnold, J., & Randall, R. (2016). Work psychology. Harlow: Pearson.

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.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 15:00-15:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 12:00-13:50 10-13, 16, 18-21
A2 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 10-13, 16, 18-21
A3 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 10-13, 16, 18-21