Workplace Attitudes, Measurement, & Change – PSYC 850

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

Course Description

Working in or with organizations requires an in-depth understanding of job attitudes. This class will approach the measurement and assessment of workplace attitudes from both a research and practical perspective. This course will review the major theories of job attitudes, as well as their antecedents, correlates, and consequences. Students will review research on attitudes such as job satisfaction, organizational commitment, engagement and both organizational & counterproductive behaviors. They will then use this research to create their own applied attitude survey research project.

Prerequisite

PSYC 716

Rationale

This course is designed to expose students to the research and scholarship in the areas of workplace attitudes, measurement and change. This is an optional I/O concentration course that gives students an opportunity to be familiar with both research and application related to workplace attitudes, measurement and change.

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 workplace attitudes, measurement and change
  2. Assess the methods, designs and statistical procedures of research applied to workplace attitudes, measurement and change
  3. Evaluate research in workplace attitudes, measurement and change in the context of biblical thought
  4. Apply workplace attitudes, measurement and change research to practical problems in organizations
  5. Produce a research project on workplace attitudes, measurement and change

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.

Discussion Board Overview Questions

Students will create a thread answering 10 questions related to job attitudes. Each thread must be 1,000 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150 words.

Discussion Board Article Presentation & Discussion (5)

Students will present once on the weekly Reading & Study material and participate in discussion for the other assigned weeks. The presentations must be 6–8 minutes total, allocating 2 minutes for the summarization of each article. In addition to the summaries, the presenting student(s) will generate questions pertaining to each article in order to spark discussion. Students will present alone or with others based on class size. Non-presenters will respond to the questions posed for the week in a minimum of 150 words per question.

Mini Research Proposals (5)

Students will complete 5 mini research proposals throughout the course. Each mini proposal must include all the main sections of a completed proposal, but the assignments will be outlines rather than full research proposals. Each proposal must be 2 pages and include a minimum of 5 references.

Group Project

Students will be assigned to groups at the beginning of the semester to pick an organization and come up with a data collection plan. Students will then collect the data and answer questions related to antecedents of work attitudes, work attitudes, and outcomes. In addition, the group will come up with an intervention to improve poor organization functioning. The paper must be 7 pages and include a minimum of 10 references.

Literature Review Paper

The student will write a 13-page research-based paper in current APA format which focuses on one of the antecedents to work attitudes covered in the Mini Research Proposal assignments. There is no exact number of required references, but the section must be a minimum of 2–4 pages.