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Build a Better Workplace

Self Paced 20-hour course to help you understand more about applied psychology.

Also known as industrial psychology, occupational psychology covers psychology that focusses on work behaviour. Work types are multidisciplinary, ranging from small business through to large industries, institutions, and even freelancers.

In this course, you'll study key areas of knowledge and practice, including recruitment, training and development, leadership, managing wellbeing, and workplace design. The principles covered in this course are useful for managers, business owners, marketing and psychology students, and more.

How do our short courses work?

You progress each lesson, reading course notes; and undertaking a series of research or practical tasks relevant to you. These are short learning tasks, related to the topic you are reading. They require you to stop reading and do something a little different, and in doing so you develop another perspective on the subject, which helps to reinforce and strengthen your learning.

On conclusion of a lesson; you are presented with a short interactive test to do. This helps you gauge your progress and through revision, further strengthens the learning.

On finishing the last lesson, you are presented with a more comprehensive automated examination. This final assessment can be undertaken at any time. On passing this last exam; you will be sent a "certificate of completion" for this course with your name on it.

You can start and stop studying at any time - taking as much (or little) time as suits you, to complete your course.

Extensive Support along the Way Whenever Needed

You have access to expert tutors through our student help desk at any time you need them. Our school keeps help desks in both Australia and the UK; and has staff on duty five days a week manning phones, online chat and emails. Any questions that you have about what you are studying will be dealt with promptly (usually the same working day, often immediately).

Our 20 hour courses are self paced and will help you understand a topic in a short amount of time. You can work through the course when you like- test yourself with mini-tests along the way. There are extra case studies or research you can undertake if you would really like to get into the topic. Once you have completed the lessons and self assessment tasks, there is a final exam undertaken online- you can then download your personalised certificate.


There are seven lessons in this course, as outlined below.

Lesson 1 Introduction to Occupational Psychology

  • What is Occupational Psychology?
  • Who is it useful for?
  • Key areas of knowledge and practice
  • Focus on the employee and the organisation
  • Work roles

Lesson 2 Recruitment

  • Choosing a career
  • The recruitment process
  • Steps in the job analysis
  • Measuring the person-organisation fit
Lesson 3 Interviews and Selection
  • What is an interview?
  • Interview types
  • The amount of interviewers
  • The benefits of interviews
  • Employee assessments
  • Validity of tests
  • Other components of personnel recruitment
  • Employee selection
Lesson 4 Training of Staff
  • The need for training
  • Initial training
  • Types of training
  • Training needs analysis
  • Individual training needs
  • Checklist for training needs
  • Training programs
Lesson 5 Employee Wellbeing
  • Job performance
  • Workplace factors which affect health and wellbeing
  • Work groups
  • Physical wellbeing and psychological wellbeing
  • Stress at work
  • Workplace aggression
  • What can management do?
Lesson 6 Maintaining Staff Morale and Motivation
  • Staff morale
  • What is motivation?
  • Other needs applied to work
  • Theories of motivation
  • Job satisfaction
  • Motivation of work groups
Lesson 7 Other Applications
  • Introduction
  • Selecting Employees for Small Business and Start-Up Businesses
  • How to choose a contractor for home or office improvements
  • Choosing temporary workers, casual workers, or contractors
  • Assessing individual qualities
  • Assessing skills and qualifications
  • Understanding body language
  • Personality and work

Course Features

  • Fully online
  • Optional practical set tasks throughout
  • Automated self assessment tests
  • "Certificate of Completion" on achieving a 60% pass rate on a final assessment


Course Excerpt: Defining Leadership

Leaders are found and needed in all areas of daily life wherever people function as a group, as in the workplace, in school, in social clubs and in government. Good leadership enhances the effectiveness of group, improves efficiency, increases the likelihood of success and results in a higher level of satisfaction for all concerned. Good leadership contributes to order and improves productivity by influencing the way in which resources (human and material) are used. Poor leadership leads to ineffective use of those resources, lack of enthusiasm or commitment to a project or a group, even to counterproductive actions and attitudes, greatly reducing the likelihood of the group’s or organisation’s success.

So what is a leader?

Conservative definitions focus on the leader’s authority and ability to get things done – the leader as:

  • authority - a person with the acknowledged power to direct and control others.
  • achiever - a person who uses their power to set and achieve goals.
  • manager - a person who directs others to achieve established goals.
  • anyone who emerges as a leader and is accepted as such by the group, formally or informally.

Popular current concepts of leadership define the leader as:

  • an enabler - a person who enables others to experience or achieve something).
  • a motivator - a person who aspires to goals or ideals and inspires others to achieve them.
  • an innovator - a person who inspires others to adapt, change directions, try new ideas, take risks.

These concepts create a picture of leadership based on the nature of the individual’s relationship and interactions with others, rather than on official or granted authority. Modern management theory questions the more conservative definitions of leader based on authority, explaining that in the business world, a leader may be the CEO (chief executive officer) of an organisation, a manager or a supervisor, but may also be an ordinary worker who is respected and followed by others. While a leader may manage, not all managers are leaders, and not all leaders are managers, despite their authority to establish rules and enforce orders.

How does this course work?

You can enrol at any time.
Once you have paid for the course, you will be able to start straight away.
Study when and where you like. Work through at your own pace.

You can download your study-guide to your smart phone, tablet or laptop to read offline.

There are automated self-assessment tests you can complete at the end of each lesson. You can attempt these as many times as you wish and each time, upon completion, you can see your results. You will need internet access to complete the self assessment tests.

At the end of the course, you are presented with a large assessment which can be attempted online, anywhere, anytime. If you achieve a 60% pass in the exam; you immediately receive a downloadable certificate of completion with your name on it. If you do not achieve a 60% pass rate, you can contact us to re-sit your exam ( email- )

Contact us at anytime if you have any issues with the course -

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