Psychology 650

PSYCHOLOGY 650: Organizational Psychology I

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Psychology or permission of instructor

Credit Hours: (3)

An introduction to the study of behavior in organizations. Focuses on the individual, the organization and their interaction. Provides students with ways of looking at and thinking about behavior in organizations. Presents a framework for analyzing organizational behavior and considers both empirical and case study research on organizational issues. Focuses on organizational socialization, attitudes, motivation, decision-making, absenteeism, turnover, stress, work groups and teams.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1. Introduction/Research
2. Job Analysis/Behavioral Measurement
3. Performance Criteria and Appraisal
4. Group Process and Leadership
5. Selection
6. Abilities Measurement/Assessment Centers
7. Personality Interests
8. Motivation and Satisfaction
9. Organizational Theory and Culture
10. Organizational Development and Change
11. Job Enrichment/Enlargement/Quality of Work Life


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

An interactive approach in which students show the responsibility for analysis and critique of theories, issues, and applications.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students should be able to:

1. To develop an awareness of the dynamics of organizational psychology.
2. To appreciate the role of research in organizational psychology.
3. To be able to apply the principles to specific situations.


Assessment Measures

Grades will be based on in-class tests, a final examination, individual projects and papers, and group projects.


Other Course Information

The instructor may use experiential exercises to present application of specific concepts.


Review and Approval

December 2004