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Psychology: Safety, Errors and Accidents (PSY357)

Organisational Unit School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Credit Points 4
Availability KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal
Description This unit examines contemporary issues in industrial and organisational settings. The topics will provide students with an overview into psychological issues in the I/O sector, such as: job design and working conditions; error detection and management; accident and disaster investigation; organisation culture and safety; occupational health and safety responsibilities; and product and process responsibilities and liabilities. Theories will be discussed and critically evaluated along with an examination of case studies from the transportation, chemical and nuclear industries.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/tutorials/laboratories/seminars: 3 hours per week.
Assessment There are four types of assessments for this unit:
1. In-class presentation based on a topic from the list of presentation topics provided (20%)
2. 1 x essay topic from the list of topics provided (20%)
3. Tutorial class participation (10%)
4. Examination - 3 x essay questions (50%)
Tutors will provide feedback to students on the in class presentation and the essay. Feedback on the essay will be provided at the class level and individual level. Tutors will review common mistakes made on the assignments in class and will provide students with comments on their individual assignments and in class presentations.
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Appears in these Minors Organisational Psychology
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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