Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Course Description

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.
 

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

  • Conduct a job analysis.
  • Describe the psychological tests that can be used for employee selection and placement.
  • Recommend methods to assess job performance.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Employees

  • Examine the role of industrial/organizational psychology in selecting and training employees.
  • Analyze the utility of the scientific selection of employees.

The Individual and the Organization

  • Apply theories of employee motivation to increase productivity.
  • Explain how knowledge of human behavior, cognition, and affect can be used to enhance relationships in the workplace.

Social Context of Work

  • Recommend strategies to create alliances between an organization and its networked internal and external stakeholders.
  • Explain how the differences between leadership and management affect networking within an organization.
  • Propose an environment that is supportive of team functioning and learning and that allows for sustainable innovation and creativity.
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