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PS 374 Organizational Psychology
Reed, Joseph Emel,, III


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

PS 374 Organizational Psychology

Semester

S2J 2006 DN

Faculty

Reed, Joseph Emel III

Title

Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

M, Ed. Kansas State Univerisity, Manhattan, Ks, 2000
M.S. Business Management, Friends University, Wichita Ks, 2000
B.S. Social Psychology, Park College, Parkville, Mo, 1995

Office Location

Metro-Park Downwton Campus

Office Hours

Scheduled Class Sessions

E-Mail

Joseph.Reed@park.edu

Semester Dates

March 13 - May 7, 2006

Class Days

---R---

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Muchinsky, Psychology Applied to Work, An Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 8th Edition, Wadsworth, ISBN 0-495-09323-8

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore


Course Description:
Study of the intrapersonal, interpersonal and group dynamics in organizational behavior, group problem solving, task functions and process functions, motivation and morale, models of organization and their psychosocial costs and benefits, including impact on the culture and the family.  Pre-requisitePS101.  3:0:3

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Participants will have a general understanding of basic industrial and organizational  psychological concepts.
  2. Participants will have general knowledge of the basic uses of and characteristics of good research methods typically utilized in industrial and organizational psychology.
  3. Participants will have a basic understanding of organizational structure, diversity and development.
  4. Participants will have a greater knowledge of employee motivation and job satisfaction.
  5. Participants will have learn basic theories of leadership.
  6. Participants will have a basic understanding of group processes.
  7. Participants will understand the basic concepts of personnel selection and employee testing methods.
  8. Participants will gain a greater knowledge and ability to learn actively.
Class Assessment:
CLASSROOM REQUIREMENTS AND RULES OF CONDUCT:
Current Events: Students will be required to present an oral report on any aspect of Organizational Psychology weeks 2 through 6. This will include turning in a one page (minimum), typed, double spaced summary/evaluation the article you choose. The article/information can be obtained from any source, ie: newspapers, magazines, internet, journals, etc. Students are required  to list and provide an internet link to their source of the report. All current events will be submitted via the internet (none accepted in class) and are due the day prior to the class session. All current events will include the statement “This relates to Organizational Psychology because” Points will be deducted if this statement is not within the body of the paper! Each current event is to be turned in on the designated date. In the event it is not turned in on the designated date it will not be accepted. There are no exceptions!

Mini-Project Presentations: Students will present a written and oral presentation on a topic that focuses on Organizational Psychology (student selected, and instructor approved) Each project will require the student to complete a 5 to 7 page (typed, double-spaced) report due upon the assigned presentation date.
 
- Oral Presentation: Students will be required to
present their Mini-Project on the date assigned. This must be a minimum of five (5), not longer than ten (10) minutes. The Mini-Project is worth 100 points. If you fail to present your Mini-Project in an oral format on the assigned date you will receive a grade of zero on the total project. There are no exceptions!!!

Team Project Presentation:  Students will be grouped into teams to present a written/oral presentation on topics to be assigned by the instructor. Each student will complete a 5 to 7 page (typed, double-spaced) report due upon the presentation date.

- Oral Presentation: Students will be required to
present their Team-Project on the date assigned. This must be a minimum of ten (10), not longer than fifteen (15) minutes. The Team-Project is worth 100 points. If you fail to present your Mini-Project in an oral format on the assigned date you will receive a grade of zero on the total project. There are no exceptions!!!

Class Project Presentation: (Fantasy Organization)-  This project will require  you to work as a group. The purpose of this project is to apply your understanding of Organizational Psychology to a specific job.   You will be given time to work with your group during class periods, but will undoubtedly have to meet with your classmates outside of class as well. You should produce a document approximately 20 to 25 pages long, evaluating your organization, which your group will present to the rest of the class at the end of the course.

Requirements for the project:
Decide on the nature of your organization (e.g., a restaurant, hospital), the organization's name (e.g. McDonalds, Methodist Medical Center), and the number of active members in the organization (how many workers there are). Both profit and non-profit organizations are acceptable. Your organization must have at least 20 members.

Perform a job analysis for the positions within your organization. Develop some methods for job evaluation for each position, and decide how compensation would be determined for each position. How would you evaluate job performance?

Describe how your organization will train and develop its employees. You will likely need different training and development for different positions. How will you evaluate job performance for the different positions within your organization?

How will you structure your organization? Why? Will you use work teams?
What will you do to increase the likelihood of having positive organizational attitudes and behavior, to decrease the stress and increase the well-being of your workers, and to have high levels of work motivation?

How does the organization's supervisor's motivate his/her employees? What motivation theory best seems to apply.
What leadership approach or theory best explains this organization?

How are workers recruited, and selected by this organization? Do they use tests, interviews or application blanks. (Include a sample application with your paper).

What are some specific stressors in this job?
What styles of leadership do you believe will be most effective for achieving the goals of your organization?
What criteria are used to appraise employee performance?

How are employees appraised? How often are they evaluated and by whom?
What is the communication process like at this company?
What changes would you suggest for improving this organization, or any specific job within the organization?
Written Assignments:  Students are required to turn in all written assignments on time and will not be given full credit if not.

- Oral Presentation: Students will be required to
present their Fantasy Organization on the date assigned.  The Fantasy Organization is worth 100 points. If you fail to present the project in an oral format on the assigned date you will receive a grade of zero on the total project. There are no exceptions!!!

WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS: Students are required to turn in all written assignments on the assigned date and no assignments will be accepted after the due date.
All written assignments must meet the page length requirements and will be completed in Times New Roman font only. Written assignments will be done in 12 pitch font only and left and right margins will not exceed 1 (one) inch. The top and bottom margins will not exceed one inch. Any written assignment that does not meet these requirements will not be accepted and will receive a grade of zero. There are no exceptions!

MISCELLANEOUS: As your instructor, I reserve the right to modify the syllabus requirements at anytime during the course. Changes to the syllabus will be announced in class or via your Park e-mail.

Students who are not in class when changes to the syllabus are made or who do not check their Park e-mail are responsible for adhering to any changes to the syllabus. Students are required to check their Park e-mail accounts or ParkOnline.org (Chat Rooms) at least once a day, to include weekends. I will communicate with you in this format or in class for all announcements, and correspondence relative to this class. NOTE: I do not open or accept any e-mail from any source other than your Park account. In the event you send an assignment from any other e-mail than your Park account, it will not be accepted. There are no exceptions!

INSTRUCTOR CONTACT: Students may contact the instructor
with any concerns in relation to the course work or material. I may be contacted by phone (if no answer, leave a detailed message, call back number, and the best time to return the call), or by e-mail. Please be patient, as I will get back in touch with you as soon as possible. My cell phone number is (816) 804-9338.

Grading:
GRADING PLAN:

Attendance/Class Participation 400 points (50 pts for each session

Weekly Reports 100 points (20 points for each report)

Mini-Project Paper and Presentations 100 points

Team Project Paper and Presentations 100 points  

Mid-Term Examination 100 points

Final Examination 100 points

Fantasy Organization Presentation 100 points

GRADES:
90% and above = A
80% to 89% = B
70% to 79% = C
60% to 69% = D
Below 60% = F      

Late Submission of Course Materials:
LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS:  All assignments are due per the date listed on the syllabus. I will not accept any assignment after the due date. Assignments not submitted in class or via the internet on the due date will not be accepted and will receive a grade of zero. There are no exceptions!

MISSED ASSIGNMENTS/CLASSWORK/EXAMINATIONS: As you are responsible for your own academic progress, you are expected to be present at all class sessions. In the event you are not present for class you will not be able to make up the missed work to include examinations.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT:
Cell phones must be placed in the silent or vibrate mode while you are in class. If you must make a call please respect the other students in the class and make the call outside of the classroom.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
COURSE TOPICS/DATE/ASSIGNMENTS:

WEEK 1
Introductions and review of class meetings, attendance policies, class assignments, and course expectations. Review of grading policies, and course overview. Discussion of Project Assignments.
Chapter to be assigned by instructor.

WEEK 2
Chapter to be assigned by instructor.
Current Events

WEEK 3
Chapter to be assigned by instructor.
Current Events
Mini-Project Presentations
Case-Studies Exercise

WEEK 4
Mid-Term Examination
Chapter to be assigned by instructor.
Current Events
Mini-Project Presentations

WEEK 5
Chapter to be assigned by instructor.
Current Events
Review of Mid Term Examination
Case Studies Exercise

WEEK 6
Chapter to be assigned by instructor.
Current Events
Team Project Presentations

WEEK 7
Chapter to be assigned by instructor.
Team Project Presentations
Final Examination

WEEK 8  
Fantasy Organization Presentation

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
Unexcused absences are defined as the student not personally notifying the instructor in advance that he/she would not be in class. Attendance will be taken at least twice per class session. Students are responsible for all missed work in the event they are absent from class. I will not provide make-up work, or extra credit for missed assignments. There are no exceptions!

Class sessions will start promptly per the posted schedule. Students who arrive more than 15 minutes late for class or leave before the class is dismissed will automatically have 25 points deducted from their attendance points. There are no exceptions!

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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