Psychology 2660A-001

Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology

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


An introduction to the theories, methods, findings and applications of industrial and organizational psychology. Topics to be covered include: personnel recruitment and selection, employee training and development, performance appraisal, work attitudes and motivation, leadership and group processes, and organizational design.

Antirequisites: Psychology 2060, 2061A/B

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.

Prerequisite: At least 60% in a 1000 level Psychology course

2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, 0.5 course

Unless you have either the requisites for this course or written special permission from your Dean to enrol in it, you may be removed from this course and it will be deleted from your record. This decision may not be appealed. You will receive no adjustment to your fees in the event that you are dropped from a course for failing to have the necessary prerequisites.


Instructor: Dr. Natalie Allen                                   

Office &Phone Number:  8412 SSC; 519-661-3013   

Office Hours: By appointment                                



Teaching Assistant: Brittney Anderson          

Office: 8436 SSC                                                              

Office Hours:  By appointment                               



Teaching Assistant: Jose Espinoza              

Office:  8424A SSC                                                           

Office Hours: By appointment                                



Time and Location of Lectures:   NCB 117; Tuesday. 11:30 am – 1:20 pm

Time and Location of Tutorials:    Wednesday       10:30am - 12:20pm; UCC 67                                

                                                Thursday           1:30pm - 3:20pm; SSC 2028


Note. Students will attend tutorials on alternating weeks depending on section assignment (see Tutorial Schedule below for meeting dates)

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Levy, P. (2017). Industrial Organizational Psychology   (5th Edition).  Worth Publishers.


This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the field of industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology.  Upon completion of the course, students should be familiar with both the science and practice of I/O psychology.  Discussion will focus on the critical evaluation of theory and research in major topics of interest to I/O psychologists (e.g., personnel selection, performance evaluation, motivation, leadership) as well as on the application of theory and research to improve productivity and quality of work life.


Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify major concepts, theories, and topics in I/O psychology
  • Recognize strengths & limitations in research methods used in I/O psychology
  • Describe major theories, key concepts and research strategies in I/O psychology
  • Explain the ways that theory and research in I/O psychology might be applied in the workplace


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 Western's grading guidelines, which are as follows (see ):

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

Evaluation for this course will be based on one quiz (15%), a mid-term test (25%), and end-of-term test (30%), two tutorial assignments (10% each), and participation in tutorials (10%).

  • The multiple-choice quiz will be held in class on October 17 and will cover text and lecture material from Sept 12 – Oct 3 inclusive.
  • The Mid-term test will include multiple-choice and short-answer questions, will be held in class on November 7 and will cover text, lecture and tutorial material from Sept 12 to Oct 31 inclusive.
  • The End-of-Term test will include multiple-choice and short-answer questions, will be held during the Final Exam period, and will cover text, lecture and tutorial material from November 14 to December 5 inclusive.
  • Attendance and participation in tutorials is required and will account for 10% of the final grade.
  • Students will be required to complete two short (500 - 750 word) tutorial assignments, one in each half of the course. The specific details about the assignments, due dates, and options available will be provided during the first tutorial session. Each of these written assignments will be worth 10% of the final grade. Late assignments will be penalized 10% per day.


October 17: Quiz (1 hr; multiple choice questions covering text and lecture material for Sept. 12 – Oct 3 inclusive)

November 7: Mid-term Test  (2 hrs; multiple choice and short answer covering text, lecture, and tutorial material for Sept 12 – Oct 31 inclusive)

TBA: End-of-term Exam   (2 hrs; multiple choice and short answer covering text, lecture and tutorial material from November 14 to end of course inclusive)


Date                                     Topic                                                            Required Reading


Sept 12                                Introduction                                                    Ch. 1


Sept 19                                Research Methods in I/O Psychology              Ch. 2


Sept 26                                Job Analysis                                                  Ch. 3


Oct 3                                    Performance Criteria & Appraisal                     Ch. 4 & 5




Oct 17                    Quiz (first hour only – lecture to follow)


                          Employee Selection                                                         Ch. 6


Oct 24                                  Employee Selection                                       Chs. 6 & 7


Oct 31                                  Training                                                          Ch. 8



Nov 7                                   Mid-termTest



Nov 14                                 Work Motivation                                             Ch.9


Nov 21                                 Work Attitudes & Behaviour                  Ch. 10


Nov 28                                 Well-being/ Work Groups & Teams                  Ch. 11 & 12


Dec 5                                   Leadership                                                     Ch. 13



TBA                                     End-of-Term Test






Date                                        Topic                                                         Required Reading


Sept 13/14; Sept 20/21         Job Analysis                                                  Ch. 3


Sept 27/28; Oct 4/5                   Performance Criteria                                   Ch. 4


                         No tutorials during Reading Week


     Oct 18/19; Oct 25/26                    Employee Selection                                   Chs. 5 & 6


             No tutorials the week before the midterm November 7th midterm


     Nov 8/9; Nov 15/16                       Work Motivation                                        Ch. 8


     Nov 22/23; Nov 29/30                   Work Groups & Teams                              Ch. 12



       Note: See the course website on OWL for information about the tutorial section to which you have been assigned


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:

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

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


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

- 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.