Psycho-physiology of Work
ECTS credits: 6
Acquisition of knowledge and skills of psychophysiology of work applicable in contemporary working practice. Within this framework, the students will learn about the procedures of professional orientation and selection, personnel training, fundamentals of managing human resources, job analysis method, individual, environmental and organizational factors which contribute to work efficiency.
Introduction - definition of psychophysiology of work and organizational psychology (description of the field, historical development and connections with other disciplines). Working environment and work behavior, interaction man - machine. Work analysis and classification of tasks. Cognitive abilities and personality traits in relation to working behavior. Selection and allocation of workers to jobs. Training and development - identification of training needs. Motivation - theoretical models of motivation. Evaluation and monitoring of employee efficiency and the performance of work tasks - measurement of work performance. Behaviors associated with productivity. Stress, fatigue, work in shifts. Physical environment - noise, light and temperature. Management, supervision and leadership. Definitions and theories of leadership. Attitudes towards the organization and work, job satisfaction, organizational affiliation, decision making in the organization. Organizational climate and culture. Communication within the team and among teams. Cohesiveness, norms and objectives of a working group. Teamwork: characteristics of a successful team. Human error - types and theories of errors. Workplace hazards, measures and procedures for prevention of accidents and injuries related to work.
General: knowledge of fundamental psychophysiology of work and influence of the human factor on the productivity and quality of work. Specific: competence for a proper selection of trainees. Knowledge of the methods of monitoring workplace efficiency. Knowledge of procedures for the prevention of accidents and other harmful effects of work.
Having passed the exam, the student will be able to: 1. Describe the main fields of the psychophysiology of labour and its development. 2. Describe the main physiological and psychological processes during work activity. 3. Explain the significance of personality traits, competences, knowledge and skills of humans for work; 4. Analyze work using workplace analysis and analyze workplace hazards. 5. Plan and participate in the employee selection procedure - professional selection. 6. Participate in designing the procedures for measuring work efficiency of the employees. 7. Participate in planning and organizing employee training. 8. Recognize the need for organizational changes in accordance with the requirements of advanced work processes and conditions of work; 9. Recognize the significance of different factors for psychological climate, as well as the circumstances that may cause stress. The aforementioned learning outcomes contribute to the learning outcomes of the study programme: - Apply teamwork skills in the development of logistics projects. - Apply the principles of human resource management in the logistics system. - Demonstrate professional and ethical responsibility in providing logistical support.