Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedBerwick First semester 2014 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2014 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Jacqui Howell


Previously coded PSS3717


This unit is concerned with the behaviour of and interaction between employees, employers and workplaces. Each of these are in turn influenced by organisational structures, patterns of communication, group processes, and mechanisms of decision-making. And all these factors impact upon levels of job satisfaction, motivation, stress, and work-life balance.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the range of psychological concepts that impact upon the behaviours of individuals and groups in workplace situations;
  2. explain the difference between and relative merits of management versus leadership;
  3. determine the appropriate environments for optimum worker and organisational performance;
  4. recognise the difference between psychologically healthy and unhealthy work environments;
  5. critically evaluate the merits and disadvantages of various recruitment tools and processes;
  6. adapt the content to improve their own levels of motivation and performance and their interactions with workplace colleagues.


Written work (2700 words): 60%
Exam (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour laboratory per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


24 points of study in any discipline


BHS3717, PSS3717