• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology, Business Administration

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 organisational strategy and culture, structures, and processes on the motivation and behaviour of the individual (and vice versa) and not the study of the individual in isolation (e.g., individual counselling 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:

  1. Understand and explain 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 and be able to demonstrate and apply this knowledge.
  3. Understand and explain basic research methods, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation that applies to industrial and organisational psychology.
  4. Evaluate 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. Communicate and explain 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

  1. Course Reading Assessment where students will be asked a specific question in labs based on the Course Reading listed in this handout (15) [LO 1,2]
  2. A group presentation outlining an Assessment and Selection Process for Staff Recruitment (20) [LO 2,3,4,5,6]
  3. A Essay or Laboratory Report on an organisational topic (25) [LO 1,2,4,6]
  4. Final Exam (multi-choice and/or short answer and/or essay questions). (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,6]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour lecture per week and 6 x 2 hours of laboratories spread across the semester.
  • Approximately 94 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

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.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4680
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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
7775 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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