will meet Mondays from 8:00 to 11:40 am in Stevenson 3046.
Industrial / Organizational (I/O) Psychology is the application of social
science methods and principles to industrial and organizational
behavior. Topics include: teams in organizations, motivation, individual differences, attitudes and emotions relevant to
work, stress and well-being, fairness and diversity within organizations,
leadership and organizational change and development. The ultimate objective
of this discipline is to maximize both employee well-being and organizational
effectiveness. Because of the data-intensive nature of I/O Psychology,
if you have a basic understanding of how empirical psychological research
is conducted (from Statistics, Psychological Research Methods, Social
Psychology or Personality), you will find the course material more accessible.
Upon completing this course, students should be able to evaluate and
apply current psychological theory and research to organizational settings
- Understand why psychologists study the behavior of workers and organizations,
and how this study has contributed to both our understanding and practice
- Increase critical thinking by carefully examining the methodology
and results of empirical research.
- Demonstrate the application of relevant psychological theory and
research problems faced by employees and organizations.
- Summarize and evaluate psychological research and theory relevant
to a specific organizational context.
- Use psychological theory and research to support possible solutions
to organizational problems.
- Learn from direct experience about teams and organizations.
This course also is designed to contribute to the following Psychology
Department learning objectives:
- Students should be able to apply psychological theories and concepts
to problems and questions they find personally important
- Students should be able to apply psychological theories, concepts
and principles to personal and broader social systems and issues.
- Students should be able to recognize and understand the complexity
of cultural diversity.
- Students should be able to understand and apply basic research methods
in psychology and the social sciences.
& Comte, J.M. (2007). Work in the 21st Century: An introduction to
industrial and organizational psychology, 2nd edition. Madden, Massachusetts:
Heather Smith, Ph.D.