OSH40050 Human and Organisational Behaviour at Work

Academic Year 2019/2020

This module examines human and organisational behaviour in the context of safety and health at work, and requires students to apply this knowledge to the improvement of the working environment and the promotion of safe work practices.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module students should be able to:

• Apply the principles of ergonomics to the person, the task, work equipment and work environment for the purposes of reducing work-related injury and illness.
• Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise ergonomics in the workplace.
• Integrate current knowledge of the principles of ergonomics into a workplace setting, evaluate the need for ergonomic interventions, understand the musculoskeletal risks to the human body from inappropriate ergonomic design, and recommend appropriate solutions.
• Critically evaluate the relevance and influence of human behaviour in the workplace in the context of OSH management.
• Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the differences between individual, group and organisational behaviour and the role leadership can play in promoting OSH in the workplace;
• Demonstrate a critical awareness of workplace stress and the associated mental health issues which can arise in the workplace.
• Communicate an understanding of the theories underpinning approaches recommended for workplace communications that can promote a positive OSH workplace culture and climate.
• Self reflect on their own learning and development and demonstrate an awareness of the role lifelong learning plays in the OSH professional.

Indicative Module Content:

Ergonomics and risk assessment
Musculoskeletal system and disorders
Organisational Psychology
Group Dynamics
Safety Behaviour
Unconscious Bias
Dignity and Respect in the workplace
Lifelong learning and communications

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Face to face lectures
Problem based learning
Online specified learning activities
Autonomous learning
Learning through assessment

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Human and Org Behav at Work (SHWW40050)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Assignment 1 Week 7 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Assignment 2 Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback will provided alongside provisional grades within 20 working days of submission on Brightspace.

Name Role
Dr Conor Buggy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Penpatra Sripaiboonkij Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 10:00 - 12:50