Personality at Work
Can we manage our personalities to become more successful, more productive and less stressed? Is personality fixed over the lifespan? Does personality matter in leadership? Is personality more important than ability?
This course explores the differences between people that Psychologists attribute to Personality. By doing this we can learn a surprising amount about ourselves, and why and how we are different from others. Material is drawn from the Occupational rather than Clinical literature, but suitable for anyone interested in looking at the human condition.
Students look at current psychological theory and recent research addressing these and more questions exploring the link between personality characteristics and workplace success or failure.
Week 1: What do we mean when we talk about 'Personality'?
Week 2: Personality and its measurement
Week 3: Current models of personality
Week 4: Behaviour at work: the best and worst!
Week 5: Lifespan and change: new career new personality?
Week 6: Children, redundancy, and retirement
Week 7: Men at work? (Women at work)
Week 8: Personality or ability as key performance indicators
Week 9: Leadership and teams
Week 10: Conclusions
All weekly class students may become borrowing members of the Rewley House Continuing Education Library for the duration of their course. Prospective students whose courses have not yet started are welcome to use the Library for reference. More information can be found on the Library website.
There is a Guide for Weekly Class students which will give you further information.
Availability of titles on the reading list (below) can be checked on SOLO, the library catalogue.
If you are planning to purchase books, remember that courses with too few students enrolled will be cancelled. The Department accepts no responsibility for books bought in anticipation of a course.
Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.
To earn credit (CATS points) you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.
Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.
Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from between January 1st and July 31st after the current academic year has been completed. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.
Course Fee: £235.00
Take this course for CATS Points: £10.00
Jane is a Chartered Psychologist, an Independent Consultant in Organisational Psychology, and a tutor and lecturer in Psychology and Statistics. She has a history of highly successful courses in both Psychology and Business streams, and takes a practical approach to a subject crucial to the success of people in Organisations.
To introduce topics relating to personality in the workplace
1. To have an understanding of selected aspects of personality.
2. To have an appreciation of some of the psychological processes in the work environment.
3. To have an appreciation of some aspects of the effects of personality at work.
Sessions are informal, workshop style. (Lively) discussion of issues is entirely normal, and small-group work is also used as a learning medium. Students are encouraged to engage in class-based and independent study. A safe place to explore ideas about why people sometimes behave the way they do.
Purchase of textbooks is not required. No single textbook is likely to cover material presented in class. Library resources are available, as are online resources.
By the end of the course students will be expected to:
- have an appreciation of selected theories of personality, and personality in the workplace
- understand some of the processes underlying aspects of personality
- have an appreciation of behavioural differences and how these might relate to personality
Students submit one short essay, chosen from a range of topics. Students may introduce material from their own experience to demonstrate their understanding of the academic material covered in class. Submission of an essay plan is recommended, to obtain feedback and indicative suggestions for the essay.
Students must submit a completed Declaration of Authorship form at the end of term when submitting your final piece of work. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.
To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.
Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form
Level and demands
This course attracts 10 CATS points. Students will be expected to engage with material beyond that which is presented in the class, and this may be obtained from various sources including material supplied by the tutor, or online material. Book purchase not essential.
No previous technical knowledge required. Some general knowledge of Psychology such as an Introductory course might be useful.
Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions for applicants and students on this course
Sources of funding
Information on financial support