PSYCH317-20B (TGA)

Organisational Psychology

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Psychology

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Convenor(s)

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: donna.walsh@waikato.ac.nz

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: alistair.lamb@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This course offers a general introduction to the psychology of work and organisations. 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 lectures (online) and a lab per week. Labs start in the second week of the semester. See the timetable on Moodle for details of weekly topics.

This paper is designed to keep you engaged and building up credit throughout the semester. Instead of one large assignment or exam, we have reading assignments each week, short tests every three weeks and small assignments based on the labs.

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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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Assessment

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The learning outcomes will be assessed via weekly lab assignments, reading assignments and online tests.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Lab Assignments
40
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Weekly reading assignments
20
  • Other: Perusall or Moodle alternative
3. Tests
40
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
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

All essential reading is from this textbook: you will need access to a copy throughout the semester. We recommend you wait until the first week of semester, where we will explain how to purchase the e-book through Perusall, an online platform that we use to give you credit for your engagement with the reading. (Please note: purchase is recommended but not essential. There are alternative assessments available if you choose not to purchase the ebook.)

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Recommended Readings

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See Reading List - a wide range of further readings will be provided on the reading list.
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Online Support

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Lectures are available online and there will be online alternatives for students unable to attend labs in person.
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Workload

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The amount of work expected of a typical student in a 15-point undergraduate paper (offered over one semester) is approximately 10 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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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

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Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: PSYC317

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