PSYC5730 Psychology-based Approaches in Managing Work Health and Safety

6 points

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
In this unit we refresh and expand the Industrial and Organisational Psychology student's understanding of behaviour, cognition, perception, attitudes, motivation and performance in a work context, how these are interrelated, and the factors that influence these. We explore a variety of ways in which such insights can be applied to analyse incidents and to pro-actively contribute to safety, health and well-being in work settings. A range of topics is covered, including human error types and mechanisms, human and organisational factors that influence individual and team performance; well-being and mental health; near misses and threat and error management; safety culture, climate and the impact of leadership styles and behaviour; organising for high reliability/resilience; task analysis and procedure development/compliance; behaviour-based safety; and effective, personality-based safety communications.
Students are able to (1) expand their understanding of behaviour, cognition, perception, attitudes, motivation, and performance in a work context, how these are interrelated, the factors that influence these, and their relevance in a work safety, health and well-being context; (2) become familiar with ways to analyse, influence and manage the human and organisational factors that play a role in producing positive and/or negative work health, safety and well-being outcomes; (3) decide on suitable human/organisational factors-based work health and safety approaches for a variety of organisations/situations; and (4) demonstrate how to implement these approaches.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) weekly multiple-choice question tests on pre-work materials; (2) team assignment; and (3) individual case study analysis. 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 the Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (coursework and dissertation) (53580), or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (01880/54580).
enrolment in PSYC5830 Human and Organisational Factors in Managing Work Health and Safety
Contact hours
face-to-face class/workshop sessions: 3 hours per week. Attendance at classes is compulsory.
Students enrolled in an APAC accredited program must hold provisional registration as a psychologist. It is the students' responsibility to ensure registration eligibility. Enrolled students are also responsible for maintaining provisional registration for the duration of their enrolment in the program.

Readings are provided via LMS.

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