PSYCH317-19B (HAM)

Organisational Psychology

15 Points

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School of Psychology


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Paper Description

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This course offers a general introduction to the psychology of work and organisations. Specifically, we examine psychological approaches to issues that influence both employee behaviour at work as well as overall organisational performance. From job satisfaction and involvement, through leadership and teamwork, to stress and well-being at work, the emphasis is on the application of psychological theory and research to work-related issues.

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Paper Structure

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The taught component of this paper consists of a lecture and lab per week. See the timetable on Moodle for details of weekly topics.

Lectures will be video-conferenced to Tauranga and labs start in the second week of the semester.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of key theories in work psychology
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  • Practically apply psychological knowledge in order to develop solutions to work issues
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  • Critically evaluate the contribution of psychology within the modern workplace
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  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the psychological resources available to workers
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The learning outcomes will be assessed via weekly tutorial assignments, a case study essay and a final exam.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 75:25. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 25% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 75:25 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 25% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Tutorial Assignments
  • Hand-in: In Tutorial
2. Case study
2 Oct 2019
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Sutton, A (2015) Work Psychology in Action. Basingstoke: Palgrave
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Recommended Readings

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See Reading List
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Online Support

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Lecture Slides: Copies of the lecture slides/notes will be available in Moodle. You should bring a copy of the lecture slides to each lecture.

Panopto: We will endeavour to record our lectures on Panopto for you to review after a particular lecture.

Video-conference: Lectures will be video-conferenced to Tauranga.

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The amount of work expected of a typical student in a 20-point undergraduate paper (offered over one semester) is approximately 12 hours per week, including class contact time. These figures are only approximations, as papers vary in their requirements and students vary in both the amount of effort required and the level of grades students wish to achieve.
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