PS374 Organizational Psychology

for U1A 2007

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PS 374 Organizational Psychology


U1A 2007 BE


Hovland, David


Adjunct Professor


B.A. from YALE in Culture & Behavior (Honors Interdisciplinary Major)
M.A. from HARVARD in Psychology
Ph.D. from HARVARD in Psychology

Office Location

The Forked Brook Farm Library - Petersburgh, New York

Office Hours

Mon. and Fri. 10 a.m.-Noon; Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Daytime Phone

(518) 658-3699


Semester Dates

August 20 - October 14, 2007

Class Days


Class Time




Credit Hours


Muchinsky, Paul M. (2006). Psychology applied to workBelmont, CA: Thomson, Wadsworth.

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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. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: PS 101.

Educational Philosophy:
(1) The social sciences are best studied by using the Culture and Behavior approach, which draws on four disciplines:
I was fortunate enough to be trained in this approach at Yale.

(2) Empirical research is better than "armchair" speculation.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to list and provide examples of at least four approaches to Organizational Psychology.
  2. Students will be able to distinguish between Management and Leadership, and to give at least two examples of qualities predicting success in each.
  3. Students will be able to list requirements for good testing of prospective employees, with examples.
  4. Students will be able to list at least four contributors to the field of Organizational Psychology, and give examples of the contributors
Class Assessment:
There are four components which are requirements for the PS374 course:
Mid-Term Exam
Participation Score (some short papers or writing assignments are included)
Core Assessment
Final Exam

250 points - Mid-Term Test
250 points - Participation Score
200 points - Core Assessment
300 points - Final Exam

1000 points total

900.0 and above =    A
800.0-899.9       =    B
700.0-799.9       =    C

600.0-699.9       =    D
Less than 600.0  =    F

Totals are not necessarily "rounded up".  89.6 is not "A".

Late Submission of Course Materials:
A penalty of up to 7 points per day late may be applied to writing assignments (especially the Core Assessment).
The penalty may also be applied to DRAFT VERSIONS, which have definite due dates.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
(1) Always show respect for your colleagues.
(2) Never write or "post" disrespectful materials.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 01 (Aug. 20 - 26, 2007): Introductory. Students should make statements about themselves, and we will go over grading matters and principles of good writing of essays (and Mid-Term tests). Have read Chapters 1 and 2 of the Muchinsky text. Week 02 (Aug. 27 - Sep. 2): We will learn about principles of good testing of prospective employees, have a threaded discussion about job analysis, and answer some True-False and fill in questions. Have read Chapters 3 and 4 of the text. Week 03 (Sep. 03 -09) Write paragraphs and do Mix-and-Match as practice for the Mid-Term. Read Chs. 5 and 6. Week 04 (Sep. 10 -16) Read Chs. 7 and 8. Mid-Term Test on September 13. Then begin research for the Core Assessment. Week 05 (Sep. 17 -23) Groups, working together or conflicting. Read Chs. 9 and 10 of the text. Week 06 (Sep. 24 -30) Read Ch. 11. Practice American Psychological Association style. DRAFT CORE ASSESSMENT DUE FRIDAY SEPT. 28 at NOON. Week 07 (Oct. 01 - 07) Read Chs. 12 and 13. Threaded discussions, Mix-and-Match, and True-False practice. CORE ASSESSMENT DOCUMENT DUE FRIDAY OCT. 5 at NOON. Week 08 (Oct. 08 -15) Finish reading Muchinsky's Text. FINAL EXAM DURING WEEK 8 - Get your schedule ready and take the Final Exam at the scheduled time.

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86
Each student should be able to say: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received aid on this test or paper."`

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
Plagiarism is very serious in Academia. NEVER DO IT!

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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