Industrial/Organizational Psychology – PSYC 516

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Exploration of current theory and research in industrial/organizational psychology. Focus on talent acquisition and management, leadership, job attitudes, and organizational development.(Crosslisted with MSPS 526)




The purpose of this course is to immerse the Masters of Arts graduate psychology student in both the practice and science of industrial/organizational psychology. The course will expose the student to the research, theory, and real-life application of organizational psychology. Because today’s work environment demands critical and quick analysis, the student will participate in work-environment-related activities in which he/she will learn to limit both bias and error in personnel-related decisions by applying research and theory in organizational psychology.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand and utilize major topics and subspecialties including critical theory and research findings that have served to define the field of industrial/organizational psychology.
  2. Increase the understanding of the complicated systems of individual and group psychological processes involved in the world of work.
  3. Connect both the basic and applied principles of industrial/organizational psychology to Personnel and Human Resources management within organizations.
  4. Allow participants to explore ways in which individual career choices and work-life success can be improved through the benefits of industrial/organizational psychology.
  5. Apply industrial/organizational psychology principles in organizational settings that relate to all personnel and work related decisions.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and contain at least 1 citation in current APA format in reference to the textbook, journal articles, theory, or individual research. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words.

Module Projects (5)

The student will have an applied project to complete that accompanies each module/week. Each project will focus on the practical/applied aspect of the topic in industry. The student will have to use his/her knowledge gained from the text/research and also find other references to aid in these projects.

Midterm Oral Assignment

The Midterm Oral Assignment will cover the Reading & Study from Modules/Weeks 1–4. It will contain 5 questions that the student must answer orally with a maximum of 5 minutes to answer each question, and use YouTube to upload the video to Blackboard.

Final Exam

The Final Exam will cover the Reading & Study from Modules/Weeks 5–8. It contains 5 short answer questions with a time limit of 10 minutes per question.