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Course module: 760031-B-6
Work, Well-being and Performance
Course info
Course module760031-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Human Resource Studies; Human Resource Studies;
Is part of
B Human Resource Studies
PM Human Resource Studies (premaster HRS)
PM Human Resource Studies (premaster HRS 30 ects)
Minor Personeelswetenschappen
Convenant TSB
S.M.A. van den Dungen, BSc
Other course modules lecturer
A. Kersten, MSc
Other course modules lecturer
K.A. Kerti
Other course modules lecturer
N. Philip
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. M.J.D. Schalk
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksLast provided in 19/20. Course will be replaced by 761004-B-6
Registration openfrom 13/08/2019 up to and including 21/08/2020

After studying the textbook and attending the lectures of this course, students are able to:

  • give an account of work psychology and its roots.
  • describe and discuss the most important terminology and theories in the area of work psychology. Examples of relevant theories are the job-demands resources model, the taxonomy of work-related well-being, and the effort-recovery model. 
  • illustrate the relationship between terms and theories in the area of work psychology and relevant subtopics in work psychology such as working conditions, job stress/burnout, and aging at work (see course content).

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
  • Emotion work
  • Work-family interactions
  • Work engagement/Workaholism
  • Job stress/burnout
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)

Compulsory Reading
  1. 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.
Course available for exchange students
Bachelor level
Contact person
prof. dr. M.J.D. Schalk
Timetable information
Work, Well-being and Performance
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01BLOK 1117-10-2019
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01BLOK 2208-01-2020
Required materials
Recommended materials

Final Result


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