Western University PsychologyFaculty of Social Science

2061A-001

Psychology 2061A-001

Psychology at Work

If there is a discrepancy between the outline posted below and the outline posted on the OWL course website, the latter shall prevail.

1.0    CALENDAR DESCRIPTION

This course introduces students to the field of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology and its contributions to enhanced organizational effectiveness and quality of work life. I/O psychology offers an evidence-based approach to hiring, training, performance management, and leadership, and provides insight into the motivation and behaviour of individuals and teams.

 

Antirequisites: Psychology 2660A/B, the former 2060

 

Antirequisites are courses that overlap sufficiently in content that only one can be taken for credit. So if you take a course that is an antirequisite to a course previously taken, you will lose credit for the earlier course, regardless of the grade achieved in the most recent course.

 

3 lecture hours, 0.5 course


2.0    COURSE INFORMATION

This course introduces students to the field of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology and its contributions to enhanced organizational effectiveness and quality of work life. I/O psychology offers an evidence-based approach to hiring, training, performance management, and leadership, and provides insight into the motivation and behaviour of individuals and teams.

 

Antirequisites: Psychology 2660A/B, the former 2060

 

Antirequisites are courses that overlap sufficiently in content that only one can be taken for credit. So if you take a course that is an antirequisite to a course previously taken, you will lose credit for the earlier course, regardless of the grade achieved in the most recent course.

 

3 lecture hours, 0.5 course


If you or someone you know is experiencing distress, there are several resources here at Western to assist you.  Please visit:  http://www.uwo.ca/uwocom/mentalhealth/ for more information on these resources and on mental health.

Please contact the course instructor if you require material in an alternate format or if you require any other arrangements to make this course more accessible to you. You may also wish to contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 519-661-2111 ext 82147 for any specific question regarding an accommodation.

3.0  TEXTBOOK

Kelloway, E. K., Catano, V. M., & Day, A. L. (2011). People and Work in Canada: Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Toronto: Nelson. ISBN-10: 0176501819; ISBN-13: 9780176501815 *Required*

4.0    COURSE OBJECTIVES

Industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology broadly refers to the application of psychology to the workplace, and the study of human behaviour in organizational settings. This course provides an introduction to the theories, methods, findings, and applications of I/O psychology. The goal of this course is to provide students with an overview of the main topics and issues relevant to the study of I/O psychology. 

   4.1    STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: 
•    Identify and describe major concepts, theories, and topics in I/O psychology
•    Recognize methodological and theoretical issues important to the study of I/O psychology
•    Think critically about a range of issues pertinent to I/O psychology
•    Apply concepts and theories in I/O psychology to real workplace problems

5.0     EVALUATION


Although the Psychology Department does not require instructors to adjust their course grades to conform to specific targets, the expectation is that course marks will be distributed around the following averages:


70%     1000-level and 2000-level courses
72%     2190-2990 level courses
75%     3000-level courses
80%     4000-level courses
   
The Psychology Department follows the University of Western Ontario grading guidelines, which are as follows (see http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/academic_policies/general/grades_undergrad.pdf ):

A+  90-100      One could scarcely expect better from a student at this level
A    80-89        Superior work that is clearly above average
B    70-79        Good work, meeting all requirements, and eminently satisfactory
C    60-69        Competent work, meeting requirements
D    50-59        Fair work, minimally acceptable
F    below 50    Fail



6.0  TEST AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE

Assessment        Weight    Date          Format                     Material Covered

Midterm Test 1    30%       Oct. 16        MC                          Sept. 11 – Oct. 2 (Chs. 1-5)

Midterm Test 2  30%        Nov. 13       MC                             Oct. 23 – Nov. 6 (Chs. 6-8)

Final Exam          40%       TBA            MC & Short Answer   Nov. 2 – Dec. 7 (Chs. 6-10, 12, & 14)


7.0   CLASS SCHEDULE

Week    Dates         Topic & Required Reading

1           Sept. 11      Introduction to I/O Psychology & Scientific Methods    Ch.1 & Ch. 2

2           Sept. 18      Job Analysis & Competency Models    Ch. 3

3           Sept. 25      Recruitment, Selection, and Decision Making    Ch. 4

4           Oct. 2          Performance Management     Ch. 5

5           Oct. 9          Reading Week     No Class

  1. Oct. 16        1st MIDTERM EXAM   Chs. 1-5

7           Oct. 23        Training and Integrating New Employees Ch. 6

8           Oct. 30        Groups & Teams in Organizations    Ch. 7

9           Nov. 6         Work Attitudes, Affect, and Motivation   Ch. 8 & Ch. 9

10         Nov. 13       2nd MIDTERM EXAM Chs. 6-9

11       Nov. 20       Leadership and Followership   Ch. 10

12       Nov. 27       Counterproductive Work Behaviour Ch. 11   

13       Dec. 4         Occupational Health & Positive Organizational Psychology    Ch. 12 & Ch. 14

 ?        TBA            FINAL EXAM (During Exam Period; Dec 10-21)   Inclusive of entire course with an emphasis on Chs 10, 11, 12 & 14.


8.0     STATEMENT ON ACADEMIC OFFENCES

Students are responsible for understanding the nature and avoiding the occurrence of plagiarism and other scholastic offenses. Plagiarism and cheating are considered very serious offenses because they undermine the integrity of research and education. Actions constituting a scholastic offense are described at the following link:  http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/academic_policies/appeals/scholastic_discipline_undergrad.pdf

As of Sept. 1, 2009, the Department of Psychology will take the following steps to detect scholastic offenses. All multiple-choice tests and exams will be checked for similarities in the pattern of responses using reliable software, and records will be made of student seating locations in all tests and exams. All written assignments will be submitted to TurnItIn, a service designed to detect and deter plagiarism by comparing written material to over 5 billion pages of content located on the Internet or in TurnItIn’s databases. All papers submitted for such checking will be included as source documents in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of papers subsequently submitted to the system. Use of the service is subject to the licensing agreement, currently between Western and Turnitin.com http://www.turnitin.com

Possible penalties for a scholastic offense include failure of the assignment, failure of the course, suspension from the University, and expulsion from the University.



9.0    POLICY ON ACCOMMODATION FOR MEDICAL ILLNESS

Western’s policy on Accommodation for Medical Illness can be found at:
http://westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2017/pg954.html 

Students must see the Academic Counsellor and submit all required documentation in order to be approved for certain accommodation:
http://counselling.ssc.uwo.ca/procedures/medical_accommodation.html


10.0        OTHER INFORMATION

Office of the Registrar web site:  http://registrar.uwo.ca

Student Development Services web site: http://www.sdc.uwo.ca

Please see the Psychology Undergraduate web site for information on the following:

    http://psychology.uwo.ca/undergraduate/student_responsibilities/index.html

- Policy on Cheating and Academic Misconduct
- Procedures for Appealing Academic Evaluations
- Policy on Attendance
- Policy Regarding Makeup Exams and Extensions of Deadlines
- Policy for Assignments
- Short Absences
- Extended Absences
- Documentation
- Academic Concerns
- 2017 Calendar References

No electronic devices, including cell phones and smart watches, will be allowed during exams.