Contemporary Topics in Industrial/Organizational Psychology – PSYC 826

CG • Section 8WK • 01/01/2020 to 01/01/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Exploration of contemporary topics in Industrial/Organizational psychology. Empirical research, current trends, and a special focus on ongoing research in the field will be highlighted.


PSYC 716


This course is designed to keep students aware of the most current themes and topics within industrial/organizational psychology today. This is an i/o concentration course that gives students an opportunity to be on the cutting edge of both research application that is both current and even anticipates future trends and events.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the major concepts, theories, methodologies, and empirical findings in contemporary I/O topics.
  2. Assess the methods, designs and statistical procedures of research applied to contemporary topics in I/O psychology.
  3. Evaluate research in contemporary topics in the context of biblical thought.
  4. Apply contemporary topics research to practical problems in organizations.
  5. Produce a research project on a contemporary topic in I/O psychology.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Article Discussion Questions (4)

The student will read two articles a week, one that covers each topic for the week and will then answer two questions posed by the professor for each of the articles. Entries must include 200 words per question for a total of 400 words and must include a minimum of 6 references.

Annotated Bibliography Assignments (4)

Students for Week 1-4, will provide five research article summaries for their research topic in an annotated bibliography each of those weeks. Each summary should be a min. of 250 words for a total of 1250 words. Students will include two paragraphs for each summary that address specific content outlined in the annotated bibliography instructions. Students should have 20 article summaries by the end of this assignment in Week 4.

Research Presentation & Participation

Students will conduct a Research Presentation on one of the available topics for the course. The presentation will be an hour long and students have to include all of the elements as described in the Research Presentation Instructions. The presentation itself is worth 300 points. Every other week students aren’t presenting they will participate in a “participation assignment” in which they watch a presentation and answer questions. This in total will account for 200 points. Students responses must be a total of 250 words and contain a min. of 2 academic references.