01353 - Psychology of Organisations and Labour

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Nursing and Midwifery Sciences (cod. 8488)

    Also valid for Campus of Cesena
    First cycle degree programme (L) in Psychological sciences and techniques (cod. 8774)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student knows the main concepts and theoretical approaches developed by the discipline to analyse the interdependencies between individual, job tasks and the social and organizational context of work.

Course contents

Main topics covered by the course:

- Research and intervention methods in Work and Organizational Psychology

- Changes in the modern world of work and their psychosocial implications

- The latent functions of work and the meaning of work

- Work motivation

- Job satisfaction

- Job analysis

- Personnel selection

- Groups, leadership, hierarchies, and power in organizations

- Stress at work, psychosocial risk factors and stress-related outcomes

- Personality at work

- Health and safety at work

- Preventive interventions in organizations to protect workers health and well-being

All the topics will be presented by discussing the most important theories and models developed by the discipline and by examining relevant empirical evidence.


Sarchielli, G., e Fraccaroli, F. (2017). Introduzione alla psicologia del lavoro. Bologna: Il Mulino.

Balducci, C. (2015). Gestire lo stress nelle organizzazioni. Bologna: Il Mulino.

Further material: powerpoint slides of topics presented during the course.

Teaching methods

The main method will be the traditional lecture. Furthermore, a group project will be carried out as well as in-class discussions based on articles from work psychology journals. As for the group project, which is optional, this will consist in reading a book chapter or a scientific article on a work and organizational psychology topic and   the presentation of the main content of the chapter/article during a lecture.

Assessment methods

Written examination based on  30 questions, of which 23 are open ended questions and 7 are multiple choice questions. Each open ended question assigns 1.5 points. Each multiple choice question assigns 0.935 points. Open ended questions require to write a small portion of text within the available space. The answer is assessed according to its relevance, completeness, and clarity. Multiple choice questions are composed of five different response alternatives. Wrong answers to multiple choice questions are not penalized by subtracting points to the final obtained score. The examination assigns a maximum of 32 points. To pass the examination, a minimum of 18 points must be obtained. To obtain 30 plus lode a total of 32 points must be obtained. The time available for the examination is 60 minutes. For students who will carry out the (optional) group project, this will contribute to the final score with a maximum of 6 points - in this case, the written examination will assign a maximum of 26 points. Foreign students (e.g., Erasmus students) are highly recommended to contact the lecturer to discuss the possibility of undertaking an oral examination.

Students with disabilities (e.g., learning disablities) are invited to contact the lecturer to explore the possibility of a different assessment method that considers their personal difficulties.

Nota bene: At the beginning of the teaching period (i.e., February 2022) an evaluation of the COVID-19 pandemic situation will be made in light of University safety guidelines and prescriptions and, in consequence of that, it will be decided whether the course assessment (i.e., the student examination) will be on site or online.

Teaching tools

At the beginning of the course the slides will be available for download from the platform Virtuale.

Office hours

See the website of Cristian Balducci


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