Friday, August 17, 2012

Online Course: Environmental Psychology

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iTunes course coordinated by UC Irvine

Course Description (from iTunes website):  How are people affected by overcrowding, traffic congestion, and noise? Why do people litter or vandalize their environments? How do buildings affect their occupants? Does the architectural design of apartment buildings influence patterns of neighboring and friendship formation? Why do people consume scarce environmental resources? Can residential, work, and neighborhood settings be designed to reduce stress, increase productivity, and promote physical activity? These are some of the questions that have concerned environmental psychologists.

Environmental psychology is the study of human behavior and well-being in relation to the large-scale, sociophysical environment. The term, large-scale environment, refers to places such as homes, offices, neighborhoods, and whole communities. These places can be described in terms of several physical and social dimensions, including their geographical location, architectural design, membership and social organization. The term, sociophysical environment, reflects the assumption that the physical and social dimensions of places are closely intertwined. The architectural design of a housing complex, for example, can exert a subtle but substantial impact on the friendship patterns that develop among residents. This course emphasizes the interdependence between physical and social aspects of places, rather than viewing these dimensions as separate and isolated.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Website: Teach Psych Science


Description (from website): provides links to online demonstrations, descriptions of class demonstrations, suggestions for class/lab activities, class assignments, lecture materials, and/or student exercises. Whenever possible, to make your search for resources as expeditious and parsimonious as possible, we provide an electronic copy of the resource or direct link, and have tried to avoid linking to other sites where you would have to search for the desired resource.

Class Exercise: Construction-related Training Exercises

Purpose (from website):  This safety training program consists of a series of stories based on real-life situations described by construction workers in a variety of trades.The purpose is to tell a story in a way that lets you experience some of the decisions the characters have to make in situations where an injury could occur. The exercises also include information about economic, productivity, and health issues that individuals and companies face when an injury occurs. We hope that you will find the problems and situations in the stories relevant to your work, and that working through these stories will help you perform your job safely.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Syllabus: Occupational Health Psychology

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Instructor:  Peter Chen

Course Description and/or Objectives (from syllabus):  Occupational health psychology (OHP) is one of the most heavily researched areas within the work domain, although it is not well publicized in the traditional IO psychology domain. For instance, traditional topics in IO, such as job design (job characteristic model), person-environment fit, shift work, job stress, coping and adjustment, type A/B, safety climate, workplace violence, and so on, are covered in the OHP. This course provides an in depth treatment of this literature with the foci on occupational stress, violence, and safety.

1. To acquire knowledge of the empirical literature on the covered topics.
2. To enhance skills in critical thinking.
3. To gain expanded appreciation of how an intervention program is proposed and developed.
4. To acquire needed competencies prescribed for OHP psychologists.

Syllabus: Occupational Health Psychology

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Instructor:  Lois Tetrick

Course Description and/or Objectives (from syllabus):  The purpose of this course is to review the major theories and empirical research showing the effects of the work environment on employees’ health and well- being. The primary emphasis will be on the development and maintenance of healthy people within healthy organizations focusing on prevention of illness, disease, health problems, and injuries in the work environment. Specific topics covered include occupational safety and health hazards, organization of work factors and their relation to employee safety and health, safety climate and training, the etiology of job stress and burnout, workplace health promotion programs and the role of employee assistance programs, the interface of work and non-work factors in maintaining occupational health, and epidemiological and other research and measurement issues.

Video: OHP Colloquia

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Description:  This website contains links to videos of OHP-related colloquia presented at Colorado State University.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Syllabus: Work and Well-Being

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Instructor:  Robert Sinclair

Course Description and/or Objectives (from syllabus):  (This course provides an overview in several OHP-related topics)