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2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SS 461 - Organizational Psychology

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course is designed to show the application of psychological aspects of managerial processes such as motivation, group processes, conflict resolution, working conditions, and organizational structure and their influences on job satisfaction. Basic research methodology principles are discussed to help students become critical thinkers and to understand potential biases in research. Current trends and issues such as downsizing, quality, market globalization, and diversity are emphasized throughout the course.  (prereq: sophomore standing)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Articulate the factors involved in personnel selection and general research methodology principles as applied to the workplace
  • Describe some of the factors that impact organizational effectiveness
  • Explain the general principles of job satisfaction and motivation
  • Describe the scientific context within which industrial/organizational psychology exists
  • Further develop their knowledge of scientific methodology and exercise of critical thinking
  • Articulate the fundamental concepts of the behavioral sciences as applied in the workplace

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Introduction: definitions and history of organizational psychology
  • Research methods
  • Organizational structure, culture and development
  • Motivation
  • Job satisfaction, and quality of work life
  • Work conditions and work safety
  • Communication in the workplace
  • Group processes in work organizations
  • Videos
  • Influence, power and politics

Dr. Alicia Domack

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