Industrial/organizational Psychology – psy435 (3 credits)

This course is designed to introduce the student to the field of industrial/organizational psychology.  The emphasis is on the psychological principles and how they can be applied in a work context.  Topics will include legal issues in employment, selection of employees, performance appraisal, training, leadership, motivation, and group behavior.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Social Context of Work

  • Examine different group and team concepts as they relate to performance and diversity.
  • Identify basic concepts of influence and power.
  • Understand the basic concepts and theories of organizational development.
  • Discuss different leadership theories.
  • Explain how the differences between leadership and management affect networking within an organization.

The Individual and the Organization

  • Examine the concepts of job satisfaction and how it applies to a success or failure.
  • Examine basic concepts of occupational stress.
  • Evaluate the different employee motivation theories and discuss some applications to organizational settings.
  • Discuss concepts of productive and counterproductive employee behavior.

Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology

  • Describe the evolution of industrial/organizational psychology.
  • Explain the role of research and statistics in industrial/organizational psychology.
  • Discuss how industrial/organizational psychology can be used in organizations.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Assessment

  • Discuss the concepts of a job analysis and its uses in organizations.
  • Evaluate the reliability and validity of a job analysis.
  • Evaluate different performance appraisal methods.
  • Explain the benefits and vulnerabilities of performance appraisal methods.
  • Analyze the different types of psychological tests that are used in the workplace.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Employees

  • Examine the role of industrial/organizational psychology in selecting and training employees.
  • Discuss methods for determining the level of success in organizational training programs.

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