Psychology 2660B-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 and 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. John Meyer                                    

       Office and Phone Number:  8411 SSC: 519-661-3679          

       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:   SSC 2018; Monday 9:30 am – 11:20 am


       Time and Location of Tutorials:    Wednesday     10:30am - 12:20pm; UCC 56                                  

                                                        Thursday         11:30am - 1:20pm; UCC 65


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



Evaluation for this course will be based on one quiz (15%), a mid-term test (25%), an 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 February 5 and will cover text and lecture material from January 8 to 29 inclusive.
  • The Mid-term test will include multiple-choice and short-answer questions, will be held in class on March 5 and will cover text, lecture and tutorial material from January 8 to February 26 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 March 12 to April 8 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.

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 ):

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


February 5: Quiz (1 hr; multiple choice questions covering text and lecture material for January 8 – January 29 inclusive)


March 5: Mid-term Test (2 hrs; multiple choice and short answer covering text, lecture, and tutorial material for January 8 – February 26 inclusive)


TBA (April 14-30): End-of-term Exam (2 hrs; multiple choice and short answer covering text, lecture and tutorial material from March 12 to end of course inclusive)


Date                                     Topic                                                            Required Reading


Jan 8                                    Introduction                                                    Ch. 1


Jan 15                                  Research Methods in I/O Psychology              Ch. 2


Jan 22                                  Job Analysis                                                  Ch. 3


Jan 29                                  Performance Criteria & Appraisal                     Ch. 4 & 5




Feb 5                                   Quiz (1st hour; lecture to follow in 2nd hour)



Feb 5, 12                              Employee Selection                                       Chs. 6 & 7

                                               (pp. 223-239 optional)


Feb 26                                 Training                                                          Ch. 8



Mar 5                                   Mid-termTest



        Mar 12                                  Work Motivation                                             Ch.9


        Mar 19                                  Work Attitudes & Behaviour                            Ch. 10


Mar 26                                  Stress & Worker Well-being                            Ch 11


Apr 2                                    Work Groups & Teams                                   Ch. 12


Apr 9                                    Leadership                                                     Ch. 13



TBA (April 14-30)                                     End-of-Term Test






Date                                     Topic                                                            Required Reading


Jan 17 - 25                           Job Analysis                                                  Ch. 3


Jan 31 – Feb 8                       Performance Criteria                                      Ch. 4


       Feb 14 – Mar 1                      Employee Selection                                       Chs. 6 & 7


                                            No tutorials during Reading Week



       Mar 14 - 22                             Work Motivation                                            Ch. 8


          Mar 28 – Apr 5                         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.