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COURSE SYLLABUS

Work and Motivational Psychology 7.5 credits

Arbets- och motivationspsykologi
First cycle, P0053A
Version
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject
Psychology
Subject group (SCB)
Psychology
Main field of study
Psychology

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and 30 credits completed courses with at least a passing grade in the subject psychology.


More information about English language requirements


Selection

The selection is based on 1-165 credits.



Course Aim
Knowledge and comprehension
After passing the course, the student should be able to:
 
  • Describe and explain different work and motivational psychological theories, studies and concepts
  • Describe and explain how work psychology can be applied and its consequences for well-being, motivation and productivity 

Skills and abilities
After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Search for and collect relevant information related to a work psychological issue
  • Plan and carry out a questionnaire study within given time frames
  • Evaluate, analyze and discuss results from a questionnaire study
  • Orally and in writing present and discuss information and problems related to a work psychological issue 

Appraisal and approach
After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Reflect on scientific and ethical aspects
  • Reflect on the role of work and motivational psychology in society from a sustainable perspective

Contents
This course focuses on work and motivational psychological theories, studies and concepts, as well as how work and motivational psychology can be applied and its consequences for well-being and productivity. This course also focuses on methodology for studying a work psychological issue. 

The following areas will be covered:

  • The history of work psychology
  • Work motivation
  • Job satisfaction
  • Leadership and working group psychology
  • Work-related stress
  • Organizational change and organizational culture
  • Information technology
  • Questionnaire methodology and basic statistical analysis

 


Realization
Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The teaching within this course typically includes self-study, lectures, lessons with discussions and exercises, project work with reality-related data collection, supervision, and oral and written presentation. 

In order to achieve the course’s goals regarding  knowledge and comprehension, the student should independently study the specified course literature and other literature/material provided during the course, as well as take part in lectures/lessons and recommended exercises. 

In order to achieve the course’s goals regarding  skills and abilities, the student should take part in lectures/lessons related to questionnaire method and statistics. The student must also actively participate in a lesson on information technology and the course’s project work, as well as in written and oral presentation. Through the project work, the ability to search for and collect information, plan and carry out a questionnaire study, as well as the ability to evaluate, analyze and discuss the collected information is trained. The project work, including written and oral presentation, is carried out through collaboration in groups. 

In order to achieve the course’s goals regarding  appraisal and approach, the student must actively participate in the course’s project work and should study the specified course literature. Through the project work, the ability to reflect on scientific and ethical aspects is trained. Through discussions and a reflection task, the ability to reflect on the role of work and motivational psychology in society is trained from a sustainable perspective.  

Teaching resources are provided and some communication and submissions are handled via the internet-based course platform Canvas. This means specific requirements for technical equipment and competence. 

Parts of the course may be given in English .

 


Examination
If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The course is examined through written exam (5.0 ECTS, grades: U G VG) and project work (2.5 ECTS, grades: U G). In the examination form project work, participation in a lesson in information technology, realization of a work psychology study, written and oral presentation and written reflection are examined. 

Knowledge and comprehension are examined through the examination form written exam. The exam is written and individual. 

Skills and abilities and appraisal and approach are examined through the examination form project work. The project work and the written and oral presentation are examined in groups. Written reflection is examined individually. Participation in a lesson in information technology and a seminar for oral presentation is mandatory. In the event of impediment, the mandatory attendance can be replaced by an equivalent compensation assignment.   

All examinations forms must be completed for the final grade in the course.


Remarks
Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact HLT:s educational administration eduhlt@ltu.se, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place. 

Study guidance is available in the learning platform Canvas before the start of the course. You cho are a new student will find all the information you need at www.ltu.se/ny student . You who are already studying at Luleå University of Technology will find information about course start in the schedule on the student web or through the course room in the learning platform which you can reach at ”Mitt LTU”.


Examiner
Lisa Öman Ekervhén

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1
Arnold, J. & Randall, R. (2016). Work Psychology. Understanding Human Behaviour in the Workplace. Fifth edition or later. Prentice Hall.

Other material, such as scientific articles, is added according to the teacher’s instructions.

Reference literature for report writing:
American Psychological Association. (2020). Concise Guide to APA Style, Seventh Edition. American Psychological Association. ISBN: 9781433832734

Course offered by
Department of Health, Education and Technology

Modules
CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0003Written examU G VG *5.00MandatoryS11
0005Project workU G#2.50MandatoryS19

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Department of Human Work Sciences 18 Nov 2008

Last revised
by Head of Department of Department of Health, Education and Technology 15 Feb 2021