PSYC5556 Work Design

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online-TT
Content
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.
Outcomes
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.
Assessment
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
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 41660 Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations, or 53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, or 01880/54580 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, or 73550 Master of Business Psychology, or 73290 Graduate Certificate in Business Psychology
Contact hours
online lectures up to 1.5 hour per week; workshop activities up to 1.5 hour per week (f2f or interactive online depending on delivery mode)
Texts

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

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