PSYC3309 Industrial and Organisational Psychology

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Psychological Science; Psychology in Society; Psychology major sequences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Content
This unit introduces students to some of the main contemporary areas of study and associated theories across industrial and organisational psychology. There is particular emphasis on the translation of basic research findings to work settings especially aimed at optimising human performance. For example, students are shown how basic theories of motivation, learning and cognitive psychology have influenced work practices and performance across a range of industrial settings from the aviation and power generation industries to the design of everyday pieces of office equipment. Students are introduced to the wider organisational context and to how findings in social psychology can be applied to the management of interpersonal behaviour in an organisational setting. Topics in this part of the course cover such topics as culture and diversity, as well as group dynamics and team performance. Through a series of cases studies and a problem-based approach, students are exposed to processes involved in planned change, the role of practitioners in equipment and work redesign including diagnosis, analysis of data and information, feedback of information and the collaborative design of interventions, implementation and evaluation.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of the history and current status of the literature relating to the application of psychology in industrial settings; (2) have an understanding of how psychological theory informs practice in workplace settings; (3) apply some basic psychological techniques to the analysis of both overt and covert (mental) behaviour in the work place (e.g. task and cognitive workload analysis); (4) have an understanding of quasi-experimental research designs and their use in evaluating the effectiveness of interventions in industrial settings; (5) develop case analysis skills through simulated practical experience with case studies; (6) have an understanding of the value of laboratory simulations of workplace conditions; and (7) develop skills to design experiments relevant to workplace settings and to acquire, analyse and interpret the experimental measures of human performance.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignments and (2) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Shayne Loft
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
and
one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility:
PSYC2209 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Contact hours
lectures: 13 x 2 hours; tutorials: 4 x 2 hours
Note
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).

Students are exposed to topics in psychology units that may cause some discomfort or distress in certain individuals (e.g. depression, suicide, trauma, eating disorders). They are also required to demonstrate skills across a variety of different formats and contexts (e.g. written assessments, participation in practical work, contribution to group discussions, oral presentations, examinations), and so it is important to carefully consider whether they are able to cope with the demands of studying psychology and whether there is anything that would impact upon their ability to complete the requirements of the unit. Refer to individual unit outlines for more detailed unit information.
Texts

Current textbook information is available in the School of Psychology textbooks list.

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