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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: PSYC 336
Course Title: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Examination of humans and work. Investigates both theoretical models and application of principles in relation to personnel, psychology, organizational psychology, and the work environment. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): PSYC 101.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered even Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology
By Riggio, R.E. (Prentice Hall)
Psychology Applied to Work: An Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology
By Muchinsky, P.M. (Wadsworth/Thomson)
Work in the 21st Century: An Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
By Landy, F.J. and Conte, J.M. (McGraw-Hill)
Course Objectives
  • To present a view of the workplace as informed by psychological research and theory.
  • To illustrate how basic psychological principles are adapted and expanded for use in the specialized venue of the workplace.
    Measurable Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain how the subfield of I/O psychology developed.
  • Identify the different personnel issues organizations must deal with (i.e.; job analysis, selection, evaluation, training), and be able to describe the critical concerns of each.
  • Identify issues relevant to current workers (i.e.; motivation, satisfaction, stress) and be able to describe ways organizations can create or remove these factors as is necessary.
  • Explain how organizations structure themselves as a whole and how those structures function as regards communication, inter- and intra-group dynamics, and the exercise of power and leadership.
    Topical Outline:
  • Research methods and statistics
  • Management and leadership: philosophy and practice
  • Employee-management relationships
  • Individual differences in organizations
  • Personnel selection, training, and evaluation
  • Judgment and decision-making
  • Job satisfaction
  • Motivation
  • Work environment
  • Group behavior
  • Organizational dynamics
  • The organization and the community
  • Response to change in organizations
  • Conflict resolution
  • Human error
  • Current topics: sexual harassment, ethics, psychological testing, litigation, discrimination, etc.

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Chris Mazurek Date: May 10, 2005
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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