PSYCHOL 7333 - Organisational Behaviour & Management
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 7333 Course Organisational Behaviour & Management Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to M Psych (O&HF) and PhD/MPsych(O&HF) students only or by the permission of the Head of School Course Description This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the factors that impact upon the behaviour of the individual in the workplace and how these factors can be used to structure a work environment and work experience that enhances both organisational and individual outcomes. It includes a consideration of values and attitudes, perception, motivation, and personality. It also analyses interpersonal influences that impact upon group behaviour in work settings. Topics covered in the course include communication and managing conflict, stress, individuals in groups and teamwork, decision-making, leadership, and issues in power and politics. In addition, it examines the influence of broader, organisation wide factors on behaviour in the workplace, with a specific focus on "person-organisation fit". Topics covered in this section include organisational structure and work design and organisational culture.
Course Coordinator: Dr Neil KirbyPh - 313 5739
Location: Room 708, Level 7, Hughes building
Dr Aspa Sarris
Ph - 8313 6144
Location: Room 718a, Level 7, Hughes Building
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThe following learning outcomes are consistent with the APS College Course Approval guidelines for Postgraduate Specialist Courses in Organisational Psychology.
At the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate competency in the identification and application of scientific solutions to solve human problems at work.
2. Demonstrate knowledge relevant to organisational behaviour theories and models.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the factors that can impact upon the behaviour of the individuals in the workplace and how these can be used to structure a work environment that enhances both organisational and individual outcomes.
4. Demonstrate competence in analysing the organisational behaviour problems of case study organisations and presenting strategies for improving individual and organisational performance.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,3,4 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1,2,3,4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1,2,3,4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,2,3,4 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1,2,3,4 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesLecturers will provide reading material that will be made available in class and on MyUni at the following link:
For additional information regarding required resources please refer to the Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) program handbook at the following link:
Recommended ResourcesThe Library is a major resource centre for students. The Research Librarian for Psychology, Maureen Bell, provides some useful information through the Internet at http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/psychology. The website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods.
For additional information relating to recommended resources please refer to the Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) program handbook at the following link:
Online LearningThis course may use MyUni for one or more of the following:
- Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
- Submission of assessment
- Access to resources such as additional readings
- Self-directed learning activities
Link to MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Learning & Teaching Activities
Lecturers will support group discussion related to the
lecture content. This will include organisational case scenarios examples to guide the
development of knowledge and critical thinking on issues in organisational behaviour and management.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Seminars: 3 hrs each week for 12 weeks = 36 hours
Independent reading: 2 hours per week
Assignment 1: 25 hours
Assignment 2: 25 hours
Learning Activities SummaryWeek Lecture content
Week 1 Introduction to Organisational Behaviour and Management - concepts, definitions and historical background
Week 2 Individual differences - including abilities, personality, attitudes
Week 3 Motivation - concepts, theories, evidence
Week 4 Stress - concepts, personal and environmental
Week 5 Groups and teams - concepts, theories, evidence
Week 6 Leadership - concepts, theories, evidence
Week 7 Communication - concepts, theories, evidence
Week 8 Power and politics - concepts, theories, evidence
Week 9 Decision making - concepts, theories, evidence
Week 10 Organisational structure - concepts, theories, evidence
Week 11 Organisational culture - concepts, theories, evidence
Week 12 Organisational change - concepts, theories, evidence
Specific Course Requirements
On enrolment all students MUST apply for and obtain provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. All
students are required to provide a copy of their registration details to the Program Administrator on their first day in the Program: this will be required for the Summer School courses Professional Practice and Evidence-Based Practice.The application form and details of fees payable are available from the PBA website: http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Forms.aspx.
Candidates are required to consent to a police check as part of their application to the Psychology Board of Australia for Provisional Registration, a requirement of enrolment in the program. A satisfactory current police check is mandatory.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryAssessment Tasks Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcomes addressed
Assignment 1 - Case study on a course topic with Summative 50% 1-4
questions to be answered in a written report
Assignment 2 - Case study on a course topic with Summative 50% 1-4
questions to be anwered in a written report
Assessment Related RequirementsAttendance is required for 80% of classes, with attendance lists maintained. Failure to meet this attendance requirement (i.e., absence from three or more classes in the course) may lead to exclusion from the course.
Assignment 1: This assignment involves a case study based on a topic in the course with questions to be answered in a written report
Assignment 2: This assignment involves a case study based on a topic in the course with questions to be answered in a written report
Further details of both assignments will be provided in class.
Assignments are to be submitted electronically to the Course Coordinator, along with a signed cover sheet (available on MyUni).
The School of Psychology undertakes to adhere to the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, Procedure 6a, which requires that assessments are returned within 4 weeks of the deadlines for submission.
Extension of time for an assignment may be granted at the discretion of the Course Coordinator, to whom students should apply in writing (or email) before the due date and time. No requests for extensions will be considered if made after the due date and time. For further information re the Assessment Policy in the Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) Program Handbook
at the following link: http://health.adelaide.edu.au./psychology/students/resouce/handboodsforms.html
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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Please refer to the Master of Psychology (Organisational & Human Factors) Program Handbook for general course information and School policies:
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- Academic Progress by Coursework Students Policy
- Assessment for Coursework Programs
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