PSYCHOL 4308 - Organisational Psychology

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 Honours BPsychSc (Hons) students only
    Assessment Personality assessment and report, Final essay-based examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Hayley Lokan

    Phone: 8313 5739
    Location: Room 708, Level 7, Hughes Building

    Other Academic Staff
    Dr Aspa Sarris
    Phone: 8313 6144
    Location: Room 718a, 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 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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    References for use in class will be presented via the online Canvas course and distributed in class.
    Recommended Resources
    Barr 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 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:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The 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

    SEMINAR 1     
    Organisational theories; a historical introduction


    Teams and Groups


    Organisational Culture

    The role of the Organisational Psychologist

  • 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 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 Detail
    The 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:
    All submissions will be made electronically via MyUni. Details on assessment for this course will be presented in the seminar in week 1.
    Course Grading

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

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported 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.

    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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