Psychology at Work
link Source:
list 6 sequences
assignment Level : Introductory
chat_bubble_outline Language : English
language Subtitles : Czech
card_giftcard 48 point
Logo My Mooc Business

Top companies choose Edflex to build in-demand career skills.

Get started
Users' reviews
0 reviews

Key Information

credit_card Free access
verified_user Fee-based Certificate
timer 6 hours in total

About the content

We can spend up to a third of our time at work. It is fair to say work is a highly significant part of our lives. How do we find a job that suits us? How do we carry out our work in a productive way? How do we keep ourselves motivated and engaged at work? How can we effectively design work for other people? If you have been thinking about at least some of these questions, then this course is for you. In this course, you will learn how to use psychology to understand and improve the work life of yourself and those around you. We will be looking at key topic areas in work psychology that affect people's performance and well-being at work, including: individual differences in personality and cognitive ability; motivation at work; teamwork; leadership; work design and occupational health and safety. Collectively, these topics give you a broad understanding about work psychology both from an individual perspective and from a group-based and organisational perspective. Each week, you will meet one or two world-leading professors in the field of work psychology. The professors will take you through the journey by introducing current theories and research evidence in respective topic areas. You will have lots of opportunities to engage in self-reflections and group discussions; you will also be given several self-assessments that help you understand your own psychological attributes and work characteristics. An important note so that you are aware of the level of this course. This course is designed for anyone who has interest in Work / Organisational Psychology yet who has NOT completed formal training in Psychology. This is a foundational course that will introduce you to a number of key topics in Work Psychology so that you will understand this area of research and practice, and how you can apply some of the theories and findings into your own work life. This course is NOT designed for people who already have completed substantial formal studies or training in Work Psychology-related areas, such as leadership training. If you have done so, you will likely find this course less suitable for your level, and you might want to consider a more advanced Work Psychology course. Welcome to Psychology at Work and we wish you all the best in this learning journey!

more_horiz Read more
more_horiz Read less


  • Week 1 - Welcome and Module 1: Individual Difference
    Welcome to Psychology at Work! In the first module, we start from the concept of individual differences at work. In particular, we look at two individual difference factors - cognitive ability and personality, to understand how they affect our work behaviours...
  • Week 2 - Module 2: Work Motivation
    In this module, we look at another individual difference factor at work: employee motivation. We discuss what motivation is, and how to motivate ourselves as well as others at work. We also look at different types of motivations and how they affect our work be...
  • Week 3 - Module 3: Teamwork
    In this week, we look beyond individuals to learn about teams. We discuss why we need teams, how to make teams effective, and how to manage the challenges of working in teams, such as conflicts. We also discuss the implications of team diversity and how it can...
  • Week 4 - Module 4: Leadership
    When we work together in teams, we often need leaders. In this week, we discuss the concept of leadership, and two important yet distinct aspects of leadership: who tends to emerge as leaders, and what types of leaders are effective? In addition, given the imp...
  • Week 5 - Module 5: Work Design
    In this week, we will look at work design - an important issue for organisations. How should organisations design jobs for employees in order to boost their performance and well-being? We explore the concept of work design and its historical development, and w...
  • Week 6 - Module 6: Safety and Health
    In this last module, we discuss the importance of safety and health in the workplace, and the impact that workplace accidents can have on individuals and organisations. We also look at the benefits for organisations by creating a safe and healthy workplace.


Lena Wang
Program Manager
School of Psychology

Marylène Gagné
UWA Business School

Mark Griffin
School of Psychology

Aleksandra Luksyte
Senior Lecturer
UWA Business School

Sharon Parker
UWA Business School

Zhijun Chen
UWA Business School

Patrick Dunlop
School of Psychology

Kerrie Unsworth
Honorary Research Fellow
UWA Business School


Content Designer

University of Western Australia
The University of Western Australia (UWA) was established in 1911 and continues to set the standard for other West Australian universities. Staff, students and graduates from the University have been recognised at state, national and international levels, and UWA continues to confirm its standing as one of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities. UWA's leaders and researchers work in partnership with three domestic and international networks, the Group of Eight, Matariki and the Worldwide Universities Network.



Coursera is a digital company offering massive open online course founded by computer teachers Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller Stanford University, located in Mountain View, California. 

Coursera works with top universities and organizations to make some of their courses available online, and offers courses in many subjects, including: physics, engineering, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business, computer science, digital marketing, data science, and other subjects.

You are the designer of this MOOC?
What is your opinion on this resource ?