• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Katherine Reynolds
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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Industrial and organisational psychology is an area of psychology that concerns the scientific study of employees, workplaces, and organisations.  It involves the application of core areas of psychology (personality, motivation, learning, health, group processes, intergroup relations) to understanding and improving performance and well-being in an organisational context.  This course will cover the main topics in this field including personnel selection, performance management, training and development, motivation, teams, leadership and organisational culture and change.  A distinctive aspect of the course is the continual focus on industrial and organisational psychology as being oriented to whole-of-organisation purpose, performance and sustainability.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Have a broad understanding of key concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in industrial and organisational psychology from lectures, readings, assignments and interactions with the course convener, tutors and peers. (LO1)

2.  Have a deep understanding of personnel assessment and selection, training effectiveness and how organisational identity and culture (norms, practices) can affect employee and organisational functioning. (LO2)

3. Have a deep understanding of basic research methods, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation that applies to industrial and organisational psychology. (LO3)

4. Have a broad understanding of the way theory and research in Industrial and Organisational Psychology applies to real-world issues and challenges and the practice of industrial and organisational psychology. (LO4)

5. Have an understudying of the distinctive role of organisational psychology in addressing whole-of-organisation functioning. (LO5)

6.  Have effective written and oral communication skills facilitated through report writing, small group discussion, and presentations to class. (LO6)


Indicative Assessment

Course Reading Assessment where students will be asked a specific question in labs based on the Course Reading listed in this handout (15%) (LO1, LO2)

A group presentation outlining an Assessment and Selection Process for Staff Recruitment (20%) (LO2 - LO6)

A Laboratory Report on Training Effectiveness Exercise (25%) (LO1, LO2, LO4, LO6)

Final Exam (40% short answer and essay questions). (LO1 - LO4, LO6)



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26 hours of lectures, 18 hours of laboratory classes (overall expected workload of 10 hours per week, including personal study time).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed PSYC2001 and two of the following courses PSYC2002, PSYC2007, PSYC2008 or PSYC2009.

Prescribed Texts

There is no textbook for this course.

Assumed Knowledge

The course will assume an understanding of core areas of psychological research methods in Psychology and how to conduct, analyse and interpret quantitative findings. This would be consistent with students having completed PSYC2001 and any other two second-year units.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2723 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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