96139 - Work Psychology

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  • Teacher Sara Zaniboni

  • Credits 8

  • SSD M-PSI/06

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

  • Campus of Cesena

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology (cod. 5829)

  • Course Timetable from Oct 08, 2021 to Dec 20, 2021


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Decent work and economic growth

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will: - understand the main exploratory theories in Work Psychology; - be able to analyze different work aspects and their consequences on the work life.

Course contents

The course examines in depth the themes of Work Psychology, explaining the theoretical, research and professional aspects that characterize the discipline. Specifically, it aims to develop knowledge and skills on the following areas:

  • Job analysis and design
  • Work motivation
  • Job attitudes and emotions
  • Stress and occupational health psychology
  • Hot Topics in Work Psychology, and COVID-related challenges
  • Humanization and work ethics


  • Lecture slides and materials (mandatory).
  • Main textbook (mandatory): Truxillo, D., Bauer, T., & Erdogan, B. (2021). Psychology & Work: Perspectives on Industrial & Organizational Psychology - 2nd Edition. NY: Routledge.

Teaching methods

The teaching methods used for the course are: lessons, case analysis and discussions, practitioners' reports, individual and group assignments, simulations, presentations of assignments.

The course is designed to be very interactive, based on students’ active participation. Therefore, students are requested to attend systematically all the lectures. Exchange students, aiming to choose this course for their learning agreement, should carefully consider – in their own interest – that they are requested to attend the full course.

Assessment methods

The assessment is based on an individual performance (i.e., exam) and on a group performance (i.e., group assignment/presentation). The grading scale is from 0 to 30, 18 being the minimum passing grade.


The assessment aims to verify the achievement of the following learning goals:

  • deep knowledge of different theories and approaches of Work Psychology;
  • being able to apply the acquired knowledge to analyze and interpret work/organizational cases and phenomena;
  • being able to apply the acquired knowledge to realize and design work/organizational interventions.

Teaching tools

Powerpoint, paper-pencil instruments, audiovisual materials, guided discussions.


Policy on the Use of Technology in the Classroom

  • Students may not use any hand held devices in the classroom (cell phones, cameras, etc.) without the explicit permission of the professor.
  • Computers should be used for note-taking only.
  • Students who need to use voice recorders for class lectures must receive the explicit permission of the professor in order to do so.

Office hours

See the website of Sara Zaniboni