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Industrial/organizational Psychology




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Course level: Undergraduate

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.


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Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

  • Analyze the history of I/O psychology, as well as how it has been used to solve organizational problems.
  • Distinguish between the science and the practitioner model of I/O psychology, evaluating how this advances the field.
  • Recommend ethical considerations that I/O psychologists should adhere to within the field.
  • Weigh the importance of research and statistics as it applies to I/O psychology.

Week 2

  • Compare job analysis methods.
  • Differentiate between various criteria used to evaluate employee performance.
  • Critique the factors to consider when selecting and placing employees.

Week 3

  • Justify the role that I/O psychologists play in the training and development function of the organization.
  • Discriminate between the criteria used to evaluate training programs.

Week 4

  • Compare theories of employee motivation, explaining how they may improve employee performance.
  • Examine employee behavior, including the effects of counterproductive behavior in the workplace.
  • Speculate on the importance of employee wellbeing and the effects of occupational stress.

Week 5

  • Distinguish between work teams and work groups, as well as factors that affect performance.
  • Differentiate between theories of leadership in the organization as they relate to influence and power.
  • Assess how leadership differs from management.
  • Analyze the concepts of organizational development and organization theories.


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

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Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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