PSYCHOL 4308 - Organisational Psychology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 4308 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 students in the BPsychSc (Honours) and Honours year of BPsych(Hons) 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 Neil Kirby
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
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
Required ResourcesReferences for use in class will be presented via the online Canvas course and distributed in class.
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:http://health.adelaide.edu.au/psychology/current-students/forms-handbooks/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe six 2 hour seminars will be conducted in face-to-face mode with additional content available via MyUni.
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: 20 hours
Exam preparation: 30 hours
Independent reading: 85 hours
Final exam: 3 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Organisational theories; a historical introduction
Teams and Groups
The role of the Organisational Psychologist
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment for this course will comprise a multiple choice test to be undertaken within the School of Psychology (30%) and a final essay-based examination (70%) to be administered by the School of Psychology (see the Psychology Honours Handbook for details).
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 sections of the course. 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/
SubmissionAll submissions will be made electronically via MyUni. Details on assessment for this course will be presented in the seminar in week 1.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported on Official Transcript Fail A mark between 1-49 F Third Class A mark between 50-59 3 Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A First Class A mark between 80-100 1 Result Pending An interim result RP Continuing Continuing CN
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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