Work groups are provided that focus on a selection of three more applied topics in the area of work psychology. After participating in these work groups, students are able to:
apply their knowledge of work psychology to explain practical issues (i.e., the physical and mental health of workers) and worker concerns.
analyze and evaluate job characteristics of workers.
give an adequate presentation (in English) about a topic related to contemporary work psychology.
The MC exam part of this course tests students' knowledge of and insight in the study materials (textbook, lectures). This part counts for 50% of the course grade. In case of failing the final MC exam, a re-examination opportunity will be offered.
The assignment part is done in practicals with obligatory presence and is aimed at testing the application of knowledge about work psychology to practice, capacity for analysis and evaluation, as well as creativity. This part also counts for 50% of the course grade. In case of failing the assignment part (consisting of a presentation and three written assignments), the results of all assignments will expire and a single replacement test in the form of an oral exam will be offered.
Work psychology is a classic subarea of applied psychology. The object of study in this discipline is the structure and regulation of individual work performance. Topics that are studied in work psychology relate to the level and type of workload (job demands), the resources in the job and the role of individual differences in this context. All of this is relevant for health, well-being and safety on the job on the one hand, and job performance on the other.
The psychology of work, health and performance is a research area in which many current developments are taking place. Some of these will be dealt with as special topics during this course. Possible examples of such topics are:
Time aspects of work (overtime, shiftwork, flexible time arrangements)
Working conditions (including job design and safety)
Sickness absence, sickness presence, and recovery
Aging and work
In the context of HR studies these topics are relevant from the viewpoint of (sustainable) work performance, work motivation and well-being/health at work.
Type of instructions
Lectures (11 x 2 hours) and practicals (6 x 2 hours)
Type of exams
Multiple choice written exam (50% of final grade) and group assignments (50% of final grade)
Peeters, M. C. W., De Jonge, J., & Taris, T. W., An introduction to Contemporary Work Psychology, UK: John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1th edition, ISBN 9781119945536.