ULMS Electronic Module Catalogue

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Title Well-being and Work
Code ULMS882
Coordinator Dr J Lyubovnikova
Work, Organisation and Management
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 7 FHEQ First Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):


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Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 12



Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 120


EXAM Duration Timing
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Learning Journal Standard UoL penalty applies Anonymously assessed Reassessment is via individual 3000 word assignment    100       


This module aims to equip students with a critical insight into the role that occupational health psychology plays in enhancing employee well-being in the workplace, and what organisations can do in practice to promote employee health and well-being. In order to meet the needs of Stage 1 of the BPS Qualification in Occupational Psychology, students will be introduced to the discipline of occupational health psychology and the scientific knowledge, evidence base and practical skills that they will need to be effective practitioners in occupational psychology. Through the use of case studies, the module will aim to enable students to apply their knowledge and understanding to the effective management of employee physical and mental health, including the prevention and management of stress and stain at work, through counselling, for example. The module also aims to enable students to gain important insights into the role of mood and emotion at work, and how positive psychological persp ectives can inform leaders and managers on how to promote employee engagement, organisational commitment and job satisfaction, and in turn, avoid the emergence of derailment and counterproductive work behaviours. Further, the module aims to encourage students to critically evaluate the evidence base for psychological interventions aimed at promoting creativity, innovation and human flourishing at work, and will enable students to examine how such interventions can be implemented and evaluated in practice.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will have developed a critical understanding and practical skills relating to the role of occupational health psychology in enhancing the effectiveness and well-being of individuals and organisations.

(LO2) Students will have developed in-depth knowledge of career management, the employment lifecycle and the changing nature of work that has practical relevance to one’s future career.

(LO3) Students will be able to understand, critically evaluate and apply practical skills relating to the function of workplace coaching for personal career development.

(LO4) Students will be able to utilise knowledge and apply practical skills relating to different perspectives on the causes, symptoms, management and prevention of workplace stress.

(LO5) Students will have developed a critical understanding of the role of mood and emotion in the workplace.

(LO6) Students will have developed insight into contemporary positive psychological perspectives at work and evaluate the implications these have for their own future professional practice.

(S1) Lifelong learning. Students will apply theories and models of career development and occupational choice to develop their own personal careers plans for the future.

(S2) Ethical awareness. Students will be exposed to the BPS ethics framework which will inform their ethical behaviour in practice and the responsibilities that employers have for staff well-being.

(S3) Communication skills. Students will be expected to work on case studies and develop solutions that can be clearly communicated to employers.

(S4) Organisation skills. Students will be required to develop a portfolio of reflective journal entries on the module content.

(S5) Problem solving. Students will be required to come up with evidence-based solutions to problems on workplace stress.

(S6) International awareness. Students will be exposed to different cultural perspectives, norms and values by considering module content from a globalised international perspective.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

2 hour lecture x 6 weeks
2 hour seminar x 6 weeks
1 hour group learning x 6 weeks
120 hours self-directed learning

Students will use self-directed learning hours to engage in the following activities: key and recommended reading, preparation for flipped classroom activities, consolidation and revision of lecture topics, wider self-directed reading, learning journal development, case study analysis etc.



The module will introduce new subject matter not yet considered in the programme, and will cover the following indicative topics:

An introduction to occupational health psychology;

Traditional and new ways of work and work life balance;

The employment lifecycle, occupational choice and career planning;

Stress in the workplace; causes, symptoms, prevention and management;

Mood and emotion in the workplace;

Positive psychological perspectives;

Promoting resilience and well-being in organisations.

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at readinglists.liverpool.ac.uk. Click here to access the reading lists for this module.