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The occupational psychologist operates within an environment in constant flux which presents new challenges and opportunities for their practice. Whether employed by a large private or public organisation, or acting as an independent consultant, an occupational psychologist must be alert to issues shaping contemporary business in the global economy. This module develops participants’ awareness of commercial, social and technological contexts affecting the work of a “scientist practitioner”. Guest lecturers from the business world and case studies draw out the practical implications for working in the contemporary business environment, and practical exercises develop the essential skills required to operate as a consultant. Students without previous relevant experience will be offered a mentor to help them understand issues facing professionals on a day-to-day basis. Assessment is based on a portfolio of material demonstrating professional awareness, skills and competencies which will prepare participants for career progression.
The module makes use of case studies and guest lecturers to illustrate the challenges and opportunities of the contemporary business environment. Practical exercises will develop students’ skills for operating professionally in the commercial world. Topics include:
1. The contemporary business environment: challenges and opportunities:
2. Changing patterns of economic activity
3. Organisational change
4. Organisational effectiveness:
5. Contemporary concerns, including:
6. Essential skills for operating in a business environment:
7. The Psychologist as Consultant:
8. Personal and professional development
A student passing this module should be able to:
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