Personality at Work

Course details

From £225.00
10 CATS points

22 Jan 2019 - 26 Mar 2019
Day of week

Personality at Work


Would you rather work with a 'lovable fool' or a 'competent jerk'? Are some people toxic? Are older workers more conscientious? Are younger workers more open to new ideas? Can we manage our personalities to become more successful, more productive and less stressed? Are men and women 'Mars' and'Venus' at work? Does personality matter in Leadership?

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.

No previous knowledge required, students will have opportunities to draw on their own experience to explore the effects of personality in the workplace.

Programme details

Term Starts: 22nd January        

Week 1:          Introduction to Personality

Week 2:          Personality and its measurement

Week 3:          Current models of personality

Week 4:          Behaviour and personality

Week 5:          Leadership and Personality

Week 6:          When Leadership goes wrong

Week 7:          Gender differences and the workplace

Week 8:          Personality or Ability as key performance indicators

Week 9:          Personality over the lifespan

Week 10:        Conclusions


Background Reading

Arnold, J., Work Psychology: Understanding Human Behaviour in the Workplace,

Maltby, Day & Macaskill., Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence

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Recommended reading

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Availability of titles on the reading list (below) can be checked on SOLO, the library catalogue.

Recommended Reading List


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: £225.00
Take this course for CATS Points: £10.00


Dr Jane Pollock

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.

Course aims

To introduce topics relating to Personality in the workplace

Course Objectives:

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.

Teaching methods

Seminar, discussion, workshop,

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be expected to:

  • have an appreciation of selected theories of personality at work
  • personality measurement and its application in the workplace
  • understand some of the processes underlying aspects of personality at work

Assessment methods

One 1,500 word 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 for each course you enrol on. 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

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.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)