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Study to understand the Use of the Principles of Psychology in Work and Industry.
  • Get the best staff by learning more about good recruitment practice and management of staff.
  • Find out more about how to supply an effective work environment to get the best performance from your staff.
  • This course is essential for anyone involved in management and recruitment of staff and getting the best and happiest workforce!
Course Duration: 100 hours.

Start Date: Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, and with full tutor support for the duration of your studies.

Lessons: The course comprises ten lessons as detailed, below.

1. Introduction
Free Will versus Determinism, Developmental and Interactive Expressions of Behaviour, NATURE versus NURTURE, Influence of Environment on Learning Behaviour, Modelling and Conformity, Conditioning involves Certain Environmental Factors which Encourage Learning to Take Place, Classical Conditioning, Operant Conditioning, Reinforcement & Punishment.

2. Understanding the Employees Thinking
Sensation and perception, thinking and day dreaming, the Gestalt approach, unconscious and conscious psychic elements. explaining behaviour, knowledge of brain processes, personal interpretation of a given situation, instinct.
Terminology including: Mating, Curiosity, Maternal, Acquiring, Repulsion, Constructiveness, Rivalry, Laughter, Fighting, Walking, Swallowing, Play, Imitation, Sleep, Modesty, Domineering, Religion, Self Asserting, Sneezing, Thirst, Cleanliness, Workmanship, Parenting, Food seeking, Flight, Collecting, Sympathy.
3. Personality & Temperament
Mature & immature temperaments (e.g. Sanguine, Melancholic, Choleric, Phlegmatic), emotional types, fear, intelligence, knowledge, deviation, etc.
4. Psychological Testing
The Application Form; Psychological Test; The Interview; Intelligence Tests; Laws of Learning; Devising Tests; Selecting Appropriate Tests.
5. Management & Managers
Qualities of Managers, Understanding morale, discipline, training, etc
6. The Work Environment
Noise, Space, Light, Temperature, Speed of Work, etc. Accidents, Breakages, Fatigue etc.
7. Motivation and Incentives
Maslow's model of self actualisation, Security, Money, Ambition, Companionship, Social reinforcement, Labour wastage, etc
8. Recruitment
Ways of seeking applicants, types of interview, ways of selecting staff.
9. Social Considerations
Group Behaviour, Conformity, Industrial Groups, The Hawthorne Effect.

10. Abnormalities and Disorders
Psychosis Neurosis Personality Disorder.s, Variance, Partial Disability (e.g. arm,leg injuries; epilepsy, digestive disorders etc.), The Psycho Neurotic


  • Discuss basic concepts that may be relevant to understanding industrial psychology.
  • Identify similarities and differences that occur in the way different employees perceive their workplace.
  • Discuss the effect of personality and temperament upon industrial psychology.
  • Identify applications for psychological testing in industrial management.
  • Discuss the psychology of management
  • Identify ways that the work environment might impact upon the psychology of people in a workplace
  • Explain how motivation influences work productivity.
  • Discuss the application of psychology to recruitment.
  • Explain the impact of social factors upon work productivity.
  • Discuss the significance of psychological disorders or abnormalities in a workplace

How to Understand an Industrial Situation Better

Occupational psychology uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to gather data and address areas of interest in the workplace.

Most often a combination of techniques is used. The types of methods used will be determined by what information is sought. For instance, if it is a training needs assessment then the focus will be narrower, perhaps focusing on a specific purpose. If it is an organisational needs assessment then the focus will be on organisational operations and processes. Also, the type of data gathered and techniques used will vary according to the specific organisation, its focus, area of work, and specific work environment.    

There are two main areas of an occupational expert's concerns: the employee and the organisation.

Occupational psychology may help address individual employee problems relating to a range of concerns, for instance:

  • Emotional concerns.
  • Lifestyle issues.
  • Marital or relationship problems.
  • Job changes.
  • Job satisfaction.
  • Arranging training.
  • Matching skills to roles.

They may also address organisational issues such as:

  • Problems in the physical working environment.
  • Adaptation to change.
  • Motivation and incentive systems.
  • Poor productivity and staff motivation.


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"Very much valuable [learning experience]. The course is designed in a manner that learning is not limited. I am gaining lot of knowledge through the course. The assignments are really good as it help the students to think out-of-the box and answer. I am very happy doing this course as I am gaining a lot of insight. Also, professionalism and the support being extended by my tutor and admin team (Elaine and team) is really great and I am thankful to them."

C.V. Lakshmi, India, Industrial Psychology course.



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Study Industrial Psychology - learn the Principles of Psychology and how they can be useful in the workplace.
  • Learn how to get the best from your staff by learning about effective work place environments, motivation and more.
  • Get the best staff by understanding more about recruitment and management.
  • A suitable course for managers, recruitment staff, supervisors, owners of small businesses and anyone interested in industrial psychology.





Meet some of our academics

Tracey Jones (psychology)B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), DipSW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies) Tracey began studying psychology in 1990. She has a wide range of experience within the psychology and social work field, particularly working with people with learning disabilities. She is also qualified as a teacher and now teaches psychology and social work related subjects. She has been a book reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work and has also written many textbooks, blogs, articles and ebooks on psychology, writing, sociology, child development and more. She has had also several short stories published.
Miriam ter BorgPsychologist, Youth Worker, Teacher, Author and Natural Therapist. Miriam was previously an Outdoor Pursuits Instructor, Youth Worker, Surfing College Program Coordinator, Massage Therapist, Business Owner/Manager. Miriam's qualifications include B.Sc.(Psych), DipRem.Massage, Cert Ourdoor Rec.
Kate Gibson B.Soc.Sc.15+ years experience in HR, marketing, education & project management. Kate has traveled and worked in a variety of locations including London, New Zealand and Australia.
Gavin Cole B.Sc.,M.Psych.Psychologist, Educator, Author, Psychotherapist. B.Sc., Psych.Cert., M. Psych. Cert.Garden Design, MACA Gavin has over 25 years of experience in psychology, in both Australia and England. He has co-authored several psychology text books and many courses including diploma and degree level courses in psychology and counselling. Gavin joined ACS in 2001.

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