PSYC5556 Work Design

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 2OnlineOnline
Work design is concerned with the composition and organisation of a person's work tasks, activities, relationships, and responsibilities. This unit covers the existing theories and models of work design and teaches available strategies, tools and techniques for better work design, that enhance employee motivation, effectiveness, productivity, wellbeing, health and safety. A history of work design is provided and the effects of good and bad work design are demonstrated in a class exercise.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the major concepts, models and theories relevant to work design; (2) critically evaluate the usefulness of concepts, models or theories relating to work design for a variety of work settings and situations; and (3) confidently discuss how the major concepts, models and theories relevant to work design have been and could be applied in a particular work setting.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group project; (2) individual assignment; and (3) quizzes. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Lisette Kanse
Unit rules
Enrolment in 41660 Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations,
53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology,
01880/54580 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology,
73550 Master of Business Psychology,
73290 Graduate Certificate in Business Psychology
Contact hours
3 hours per week for 12 weeks, mix of lectures & activities

Readings will consist of scientific publications to be provided via the Learning Management System.

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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.