PSYCHOL 4208 - Organisational Psychology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 4208 Course Organisational Psychology Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to B.Psychology (Honours) and B.Psychology (Advanced)(Honours) students only Course Description The objective of this course is to develop an understanding of the theory and practice of organisational psychology in its historical context and of some of the contemporary issues important for psychologists working and conducting research in organisations. The course also covers contemporary organisational topics in organisations; the nature and role of leadership; and organisational culture and fit.
Course Coordinator: Dr Aspa SarrisDr Aspa Sarris
Phone: 8313 6144
Location: Room 718a, Level 7, Hughes Building
Other Academic Staff:
Dr Jaime Auton
Ph - 8313 7464
Location: Room 726, Level 7, Hughes Building
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate advanced knowledge in organisational psychology, including a discussion of its historical origins and development 2 Examine critically the conceptual and theoretical frameworks relating to organisational psychology 3 Review critically contemporary organisational psychology topics. 4 Evaluate critically the nature of leadership and its role and development within organisations 5 Examine critically the role of organisational culture and fit in relation to organisational functioning, staff satisfaction and retention 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)
1-5 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
1-5 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
1-5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-5 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
1-5 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 ResourcesStudents will be advised of relevant reading material in the first seminar and also via the Myuni course site.
Recommended ResourcesBarr Smith Library – Psychology on the Web
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 regarding recommended resources please refer to the Honours Program Handbook at the following link:
Online LearningMaterial from the training seminars offered during the semester will be made available on MyUNi.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis component of the course involves compulsory attendance at a series of research training seminars. The rest involves independent student learning, consultations with supervisors and the course co-ordinator.
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.
Lectures: 6 x 2 hours = 12 hours
Mid-semester exercise: 26 hours
Exam preparation: 25 hours
Independent reading: 90 hours
Final exam: 3 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topic Lecture Week 1 Topic 1 Groups and Teamwork Week 2 Topic 2 Leadership Week 3 Topic 3 Organisational Culture Week 4 Topic 4 Stress and Performance Week 5 Topic 5
Week 6 Topic 6 Role of the Organisational Psychologist
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 Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed Mid-semester test/exercise Summative 30 1-5 Examination Summative 70 1-5
Assessment DetailThe mid-semester exercise is a multiple choice test (1 hour). Questions will cover each of the topics covered and will require an understanding of knowledge gained in each seminar. The examination (3 hours) will include a question from each of the topics of the course presented in two sections. You will be required to answer 3 questions in total (with at least one question from each of the two sections). Questions will require advanced conceptual knowledge concerning each topic and a demonstration of independent reading and/ or research.
For additional information regarding assessment please refer to the Honours Psychology Handbook and the Undergraduate Program Handbook at the following link: http://health.adelaide.edu.au/psychology/current-students/forms-handbooks/
SubmissionPlease refer to the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available at the link below) for details on submission process/requirements, penalties for late submission, the process of applying for extensions, and the staff “turn-around” timeline on assessments and the provision of feedback and policy relating to re-submission/redemptive work.
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
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