Credits: 5

Schedule: 17.10.2018 - 05.12.2018

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Instructors: Frank Martela (lecturer) and Tiina
Rahja (assistant)


Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I-II autumn (2018-2019), II autumn (2019-2020)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Students learn to understand human potential in organizations, methods to analyze job demands and resources, and how to develop and sustain a positive worklife.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Job resources and demands, work engagement, work-life balance, stress, well-being, individual resources, human growth potential, development.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

TU-E3040 Human Potential is a course on how to create and lead organizations in which workers
thrive and perform at their best.
How to ensure that the potential inherent in every human being is able
to fully blossom at work? What makes work motivating and what is the secret
behind exceptionally high work engagement? What is needed for employees to
really commit to their work and want to give their best effort in the pursuit
of the common goal? These are the founding questions of this course.

In modern worklife, where quality of work is often a more important factor than mere
quantity, the motivation and feelings of the employee have become crucially
important factors in enabling successful work. The key source of value and competitive
advantage in more and more industries are human beings. And unlike machines,
human beings have rich and complex psychological lives that significantly
influence how much effort they put into their work, how much they commit to the
organizational goals, how well they collaborate, how creative and innovative
they are individually and as a team, and whether the organization is able to
recruit and retain key talent in the first place. Thus, building a successful
organization is increasingly about designing an atmosphere where employees are
able to feel motivated, exercise their best abilities, and thrive.

Building engaging work context where people are able to thrive and realize their full
potential is both a leadership and a personal challenge.
The leadership challenge is to
design challenging and resourceful work contexts that enable workers to thrive.
The personal challenge is how to find, create or craft a work situation in
which you thrive at your best.

In order to answer these question, the course draws both from psychological research on
human motivation, well-being, and meaningfulness as well as organizational
research on how to best enhance both individual-level and group-level thriving,
wellness, and effort. Although the focus of the course is in enabling a more
positive worklife, it also aims to remain critical in identifying the key
obstacles in the way of such positive developments: What are the forces,
structures and fixations that lead to a situation where instead of engagement,
many employees are currently actively disengaged from their work?

TU-E3040 creates opportunities for you to learn about theories and tools for enhancing
human potential and engagement from: (1) case studies; (2) personal reflection;
(3) readings and key theoretical insights; (4) in-class discussions, and (5)
various individual and team exercises.

Topics covered in the course include:

* Why is work engagement so important and how to improve it?

* What forces are shaping the future of work, and what implications do these changes have as regards how to lead employee motivation and engagement

* Meaningful work: What makes work meaningful and why is it so important?

* Basic psychological needs and how to fulfill them at work

* Job crafting: What can you do yourself to make your work more engaging and meaningful?

* The psychological factors behind successful team work

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures, individual and team assignments.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 


* Class attendance (7 lectures) 21 points (3
points / class)

* Reading responses (5 responses) 20 points (0/2/4 points / response)        

* Team exercise 30 points

* Final essay 30 points

TOTAL: 101 points

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures 20 h, learning assignments 90 h, team assignment 25 h.

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

requirements and grading:

This course
requires 135 working hours. It consists of the following parts:

* 7 lectures á 3 hours (21 hours)

* 5 pre-readings and reading responses (25 hours)

* Team assignment (25 hours)

* Movie assignment and final essay (40 hours)

* Independent study time and time to think (24 hours)

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Journal articles, book chapters, cases and a movie.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Replaces the course TU-53.1251.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Recommended TU-A1140 Leading and Understanding Oneself.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

The lectures will be held at Open Innovation House (Maarintie 6). The lecture hall is A116.


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