PSYCHOL 7335 - Contemporary Organisational Psychology

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

This course will cover advanced topics relevant to organisational psychology, the role of the organisational psychologist, assessment in practice, organisational change, and contemporary practice. On completion of this course students will have an understanding of issues relevant to the role of the organisational psychologist, assessment in practice, a knowledge and understanding of organisational change, and organisational theories and contemporary practice.

  • 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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PSYCHOL 7330 and PSYCHOL 7331
    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 will cover advanced topics relevant to organisational psychology, the role of the organisational psychologist, assessment in practice, organisational change, and contemporary practice. On completion of this course students will have an understanding of issues relevant to the role of the organisational psychologist, assessment in practice, a knowledge and understanding of organisational change, and organisational theories and contemporary practice.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jaime Auton

    Phone: 8313 7464 
    Location: Room 726, Level 7 Hughes Building

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1.    Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary organisational psychology topics.
    2.    Demonstrate knowledge of the role of the organisational psychologist and the application of organisational theories in contemporary  practice.
    3.    Demonstrate knowledge of and skills in professional oral communication.
    4.    Demonstrate the ability to conduct an initial coaching session using basic coaching techniques.
    5.    Demonstrate knowledge of continuing professional development requirements of registered psychologists. 
    6.    Demonstrate the ability to develop a continuing professional development learning plan.

    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecturers will provide reading material which will be made available in class and on MyUni at the following link:

    Recommended Resources
    The Library is a major resource centre for students. The Research Librarian for Psychology, Vicki Langton, provides some useful information through the Internet at The website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods.

    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:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures will be supported by group discussion related to the lecture content.   This course will include two non-graded pass assessments that must be passed successfully to complete the course. Further details will be provided at the beginning of the course.


    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 11 weeks  (36 hours). Redemption assignments will be set for any missed classes.
    Assignment 1: 15 hours including preparation for and demonstration and evaluation of coaching
    Assignment 2: 30 hours including development of CPD plan, execution of CPD and coaching sessions with course coordinator to evaluate progress in CPD plan.
    Independent reading associated with seminars: 24 hours

    Further details will be provided in class.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Seminars will be held weekly on a Monday afternoon from 2.10pm- 5.00pm. The following is a provisional program only. The final program will be advised at semester commencement.
    Week Topic
    Week 1 Introduction to Contemporary Organisational Psychology
    Week 2 Issues with being a Consultant
    Week 3 The Complexity of Consulting
    Week 4 Leadership
    Week 5 Ethics in Organisational Psychology
    Week 6 Conflict Resolution
    Week 7 Introduction to Coaching I
    Week 8 Introduction to Coaching II
    Week 9 Public Holiday (No Class)
    Week 10 Becoming an Organisational Psychologist and Best Practice Peer Supervision 
    Week 11 Mentally Healthy Workplaces
    Week 12 The role of psychology in supporting organisational risk when it comes to employee injury and rehabilitation
    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:

    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.
  • 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
    Practical coaching exercise Summative NGP 1,3,4
    Competency development plan Summative NGP 1,2,3,5,6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance at all seminars is mandatory to ensure students attain and can demonstrate the relevant required competencies. Should students fail to meet mandatory attendance requirements by being absent this may lead to a fail grade for the course. Exemptions to mandatory attendance requirements may be granted for up to 2 seminars by the Course Coordinator if there are exceptional medical, compassionate, or extenuating circumstances as defined by the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy. Students will be required to complete redemption exercises to the satisfaction of the Course Coordinator for any seminars missed.
    Assessment Detail
    Assignment 1: This assignment involves students videoing themselves conducting a coaching session. Students will also complete a self-reflective written piece of work about the perceived strengths and weaknesses of the coaching session.   

    Assignment 2: This assignment involves students completing a coaching session with a designated staff member and completing a self-directed competency development plan. 

    Further details on all assessments will be provided in class.
    Students will submit assignments via the process described in the Course and Assessment Schedule provided to students at the beginning of semester.

    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.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    GS8 (Coursework Grade Scheme)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing
    FNS Fail No Submission
    NFE No Formal Examination
    F Fail
    NGP Non Graded Pass
    P Pass
    C Credit
    D Distinction
    HD High Distinction
    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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  • Policies & Guidelines
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