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Business Psychology

Key Information

Module code
ISSU1046
Taught during
Session 1
Module leader
Dr Blaine Landis
Pre-requisites
GPA of around 3.3/4.0 (US) or equivalent
Assessment method
Weekly quizzes (30%), 2,000 word essay (70%)
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Module overview

This module introduces students to the key findings and theories concerning how people think, feel and behave in organizations. It is equally relevant to students wishing to gain an understanding of business psychology at the university level as it is to students keen on developing hands-on skills that can be applied in organisational settings. The module focuses on topics such as motivation, negotiations, group and network dynamics, social status, influence, and individual personality. The module features interactive lectures, research exercises, and experiential activities, including individual negotiations, group problem-solving, and using data analysis to make strategic business decisions.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Understand how to use theory and evidence to inform their decisions at work
  • Know how to critique and offer useful alternatives to dubious management practices
  • Know the foundational concepts and theories in business psychology, preparing them for further study in organisational behavior, psychology, sociology, or related fields
  • Have the skill to conduct basic statistical and network analyses to address business issues
  • Have the skill to improve their outcomes in one-on-one and group negotiations

Module prerequisites

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). Students must have completed one year of undergraduate study. No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.

Assessment

  • Weekly quizzes (30%)
  • 2,000 word essay (70%)

Module leader

Dr Blaine Landis received his PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of Cambridge. His research activities focus on the psychology of social networks in organizations. His work has shown how personalities shape the roles that people occupy within their network at work, and how these roles influence their performance and career success. His research has been published in Organization Science and the Journal of Organizational Behavior. Prior to receiving his PhD, he worked as a management consultant specializing in how to identify, select and develop leaders.

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