PSYCHOL 7335 - Contemporary Organisational Psychology

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of factors relevant to individual and organisational health and well-being. It covers a range of advanced organisational psychology topics, including rehabilitation and disability at work, project management, assessment in practice, organisational learning, and successful organisational change. On completion of this course students will have a theoretical and practical understanding of issues relevant to worker injury and rehabilitation, assessment in practice, and successful organisational change.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 7335
    Course Contemporary Organisational Psychology
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    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 factors relevant to individual and organisational health and well-being. It covers a range of advanced organisational psychology topics, including rehabilitation and disability at work, project management, assessment in practice, organisational learning, and successful organisational change. On completion of this course students will have a theoretical and practical understanding of issues relevant to worker injury and rehabilitation, assessment in practice, and successful organisational change.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Neil Kirby

    Course coordinator
    Dr Nicole Williams
    Phone: +61 8313 5693
    Email: nicole.williams@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: C/- School of Psychology


    Additional Academic Staff

    Dr Neil Kirby
    Phone: +61 8313 5739
    Location: neil.kirby@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Room 708, Level 7 Hughes Building


    School of Psychology Office
    Ms Jessica Venning
    Phone: +61 8313 4934
    Email: jessica.venning@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Level 4, Hughes BuildingRoom 415


    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The following learning outcomes are consistent with the APS College Course Approval guidelines for Postgraduate Specialist Courses in Organisational Psychology:
    http://www.psychology.org.au/academic/course-approval/

    At the successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1.    Demonstrate knowledge of and competence in work assessment in practice.
    2.    Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary organisational psychology topics.
    3.    Demonstrate knowledge of the role of the organisational psychologist and the application of organisational theories in contemporary practice
    4.    Demonstrate knowledge of and competence in issues relevant to consulting.
    5.    Demonstrate knowledge of and skills in professional oral communication.



    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,4,5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2,3,4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2,3,4,5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1,2,3,4,5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,2,3,4,5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,2,3,4,5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,2,3,4,5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecturers will provide reading material which will be made available in class and on MyUni at the following link: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/

    For additional information regarding required resources  please refer to the Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) program handbook at the following link:
    http://health.adelaide.edu.au/psychology/students/resource/handbooksforms.html


    Recommended Resources
    The 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: http://health.adelaide.edu.au/psychology/students/resource/handbooksforms.html
    Online Learning
    This 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 forms, templates and additional readings
    - Self-directed learning activities    

    Link to MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures will be supported by group discussion related to the lecture content.   This course will include two assessments worth 50%. One will be a test on assessment in practice and the other will be the completion of a case study exercise on the role of the Organisational Psychologist. A further SDL will comprise a case study exercise.  Further details will be provided during the class.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Seminars: 3 hours each week for 12 weeks  (36 hours)
    Redemption assignments will be set for any missed classes.
    Assignment 1: (10 hours including test time and preparation)
    Assignment 2: (10 hours).Self-directed learning exercise (5 hours)
    Independent reading (83 hours)

    Further details will be provided in class.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Seminars will be held weekly on a Wednesday afternoon from 2.10 pm- 5.00 pm. The following is a provisional program only. The final program will be advised at semester commencement.

    Week Topic Lecture
    Week 1 Assessment in practice Contemporary Organisational Psychology
    Week 2 Assessment in practice Contemporary Organisational Psychology
    Week 3 Assessment in practice Contemporary Organisational Psychology
    Week 4 Workplace bullying Contemporary Organisational Psychology
    Week 5 Organisational theories and contemporary practice Contemporary Organisational Psychology
    Week 6 The role of the Organisational Psychologist Contemporary Organisational Psychology
    Week 7 Issues in being a consultant I Contemporary Organisational Psychology
    Week 8 Issues in being a consultant II Contemporary Organisational Psychology
    Week 9 Superior interpersonal skills I Contemporary Organisational Psychology
    Week 10 Superior interpersonal skills II Contemporary Organisational Psychology
    Week 11 Coaching Contemporary Organisational Psychology
    Week 12 Work-life wellbeing Contemporary Organisational Psychology
    Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change.
    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 a mandatory.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Not applicable
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment consists of two summative tasks as detailed below.  Each assessment task must be passed successfully to complete the course. Due dates will be provided at the beginning of the course.

    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed
    Assessment in practice test Summative 50% 1,3,4,5
    Case study assignment Summative 50% 2,3,4,5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance 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.
    Assessment Detail
    Competence in assessment in practice will be assessed through the test.

    Competence in applying organisational theory to contemporary practice will be assessed through the case study assignment.

    Further details on all assessments will be provided in class. For additional information please refer to the Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) program handbook at the following link:
    http://health.adelaide.edu.au/psychology/students/resource/handbooksforms.html
    Submission
    Assignments are to be submitted to the Psychology Office, along with a signed cover sheet (available on MyUni at the following link: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/).

    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 please refer to the Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) Program Handbook at the following link: http://health.adelaide.edu.au/psychology/students/resource/handbooksforms.html
    Course Grading

    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.

    Assessments will be graded as NGP.

    Students will have the opportunity to resubmit any assessment that received a fail grade.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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