• 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
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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Industrial and Organisational psychology are areas of psychology that concerns the scientific study of human behaviour in workplaces and organisations. They are specialist areas that apply psychological knowledge to the work context, with the aim of improving organisational effectiveness and the quality of work life. This 6 unit course involves the application of core areas of psychology (personality, motivation, learning, health, group processes, intergroup relations) to an organisational context.
This course will cover the main topics in these fields including personnel selection, performance management, training and development, motivation, teams, leadership, and organisational culture and change.  A distinctive aspect of the course is a focus on the social psychology of organisations and as a result the role of group psychology and processes in organisational functioning. There is a recognition that Industrial and Organisational psychology are concerned with the impact of organizational strategy and culture, structures, and processes on the individual (and vice versa) and not the individual in isolation (e.g., individual counseling in a work context).
In lectures students can expect to gain an overview of key topics in Industrial and Organisational Psychology and in the laboratory program more practical know-how about how to effectively work with others in a team environment (team work, leadership dynamics, giving and receiving feedback). Many aspects of the laboratory program will mirror management-type training with group exercises followed by discussion and exploration of team dynamics. Students will be required to translate relevant theory and research to practical settings and problems and to give a group presentation to the laboratory class on a recruitment process.

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.   

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

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

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.

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

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


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.




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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
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
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
8061 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person View

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