PS424 Industrial & Organiz Psychology

for S1B 2011

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PS 424 Industrial & Organizational Psychology


S1B 2011 BL


Martinez, Beatriz E.


Adjunct Faculty


M.A. Counseling

Office Location

Fort Bliss, Texas

Office Hours

by appointment only

Daytime Phone



Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM



Credit Hours



Riggio, Ronald E. (2008). Introduction to Industrial Organizational Psychology, 5th edition, Prentice Hall Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-205-66303-3

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Course Description:
PS424 Industrial and Organizational Psychology - Prerequisite: PS101. - This course examines various psychological applications in the workplace including research, testing, making personnel decisions, training, appraising performance, organization structure, teamwork, satisfaction, occupational health, motivation and leadership. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
This course is designed as an instructor-to-student led discussion: supplementing the text book material with "real life" relevant information. PS424 Industrial Organizational Psychology is the foundation from which you will build your knowledge and interest in human behavior and must be learned thoroughly.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify key terminology, theories, principles, and strategies utilized within the field of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology.
  2. Analyze organizational problems and design empirical research studies that attempt to test hypotheses related to these problems.
  3. Evaluate concepts within I/O psychology and differentiate their potential uses within various organizational dilemmas.
  4. Review, evaluate, and interpret empirical research findings related to I/O psychology, assessing their applicability to organizations.
  5. Analyze real-world organizational problems and design appropriate applications of I/O strategies that may solve these problems.

Core Assessment:

Application Paper (Core Assessment)

Due: Week 6

Each student will select a film or television program that depicts a situation in a business setting or business organization and will analyze the film/program addressing two of the following topic areas: organizational research, employee selection, training, motivation, and/or leadership. During the search for appropriate films or programs, students should be mindful of what organizational problems are being depicted and select only films or programs that have clear-cut organizational issues that fall under the topics listed.    

Before the paper is written, and by a date previously announced in the course, a half-page synopsis of the project will be submitted to the instructor and will include the following information: the title of the film or television program, a brief description of the film/program and characters involved, a brief definition of the problem(s) that are evident in the organization that is depicted, and the two I/O topic areas to be addressed. The synopsis should be approved by the instructor before the student proceeds with the project. 

Research related to the specified organizational problem(s) selected for study from the film/program is to be conducted from a review of literature comprising seven references that may not include the textbook. Five of the seven references are to be scholarly in nature. 

Each student should synthesize, analyze, and evaluate observations of conditions and actions in the film/program to arrive at a well-justified recommendation for a possible solution to the problem(s), citing data and information from the literature review to support the recommendation. The solution designation is to describe in detail the recommended actions that need to be taken, including who should take the actions, in order to solve the stated problem(s). The solution is likely to be multifaceted.  

Papers should include the following sections: 

1. Introduction – Include a brief description of the film/program and characters involved

2. Problem(s) – Describe in detail the specific problems found in this organization and how they relate to the two chosen topic areas. Since the instructor of the course may not have seen this film/program, it is important that this problem be defined in great detail, including several specific examples, to provide evidence of the existence of the stated problem(s). 
3. Recommendations – In this section the specific recommended solution will be carefully outlined. This recommendation should include 1) the steps that should be taken, 2) who should take those steps, and 3) the reasons underlying the recommendation. This section of the paper should be the longest and most complex section and should demonstrate the logical and critical integration of data analysis and literature review that has gone into making the final recommendations.    

5. Conclusion – Describe the likely success of the recommended solution, including potential shortcomings or potential negative side-effects resulting from the implementation of this solution. 

6. References – Document all written and other media resources for the paper including the source of the film or television program.   

Papers should be double-spaced, in 12-point font, and in APA style. The paper should include at least seven references, five of which are from refereed journals. This paper is worth up to 100 points. A summary of requirements may be found below.

Research Paper Requirements
Select and analyze an organization found in a movie or television show in relation to 2 of the 5 topics (organizational research, employee selection, training, motivation, leadership). 
Seven references or more should be used from the literature, five of which should be refereed journals. The text may not be included as a reference. 
Each paper accurately uses psychological terms relating to industrial and organizational psychology. 
The research paper contains the following sections: Introduction, Problem, Recommendations, Conclusion, and References, all in APA style. 
The student describes in detail all aspects of an organizational problem that exists in the selected organization and is related to the I/O topics being discussed. Relevant data should be collected through a review of the literature, and observation of the selected movie/show.    
The student develops a productive and realistic solution to an organizational problem situation in the selected organization.  Evidence from refereed journals should be used to justify this recommended solution. 


Exceeds Expectations (2)

Meets Expectations (1)               

Does Not Meet Expectations (0)

Critical Thinking

Outcome #3, 4, 5

The student ascertained all of the key factors contributing to the existence of the problem and did an exceptional job combining details from the problem analysis and literature review when crafting the final recommendation; no errors related to the discussion of a psychological concept were present, and the recommendations contain more than an adequate amount of supporting evidence.

The student ascertained most of the key factors contributing to the existence of the problem and did a good job combining details from the problem analysis and literature review when crafting the final recommendation; one minor error related to the discussion of a psychological concept may be present, or the recommendations may lack a small amount of supporting detail.

The student ascertained few of the key factors contributing to the existence of the problem and made numerous errors while combining details from the problem analysis and literature review when crafting the final recommendation; more than one error related to the discussion of a psychological concept may be present, or the recommendations contain very little supporting detail.


Outcome # 1, 3, 4, 5

The student described in great detail a solution that is realistic and likely to be effective, along with an insightful view of potential shortcomings of the recommendation. No errors were made in using psychological terminology.

The student described in some detail a solution that is realistic and likely to be effective and explained the potential shortcomings of the recommendation; the student may have omitted a few important details related to the solution or shortcomings. Psychological terminology was used correctly, other than no more than one minor mistake, throughout the paper.

The student provided a solution, but it was not very realistic and/or not likely to be effective. Shortcomings of the recommendation were not discussed in any detail. There were several errors in the use of psychological terminology.

Professional Communication

Outcome # 3, 4, 5

Descriptions within each section were very well organized, and all recommendations were clearly and adequately supported with appropriate information. The entire document contained 2 or fewer errors in both mechanics and APA style formatting.

Descriptions within each section were organized but may have been unclear or lacking in necessary detail at times. The entire document contained 3-4 errors in both mechanics and APA style formatting.

Sections of the paper were not very well organized, and/or most statements lacked supporting detail. The reader was distracted by numerous errors, likely to number more than 4, in mechanics and/or APA style formatting.


Class Assessment:

Midterm Exam: will consist of 50 multiple choice questions: Open book & open notes
Final Exam: will consist of 50 multiple choice questions: Open book & open notes
Quizzes: Students will be required to challenge other groups, by presenting their quiz to the class.
Research paper: Each student will be required to select a film or television program that depicts a situation in a business setting or business organization and will analyze the film/program addressing two of the following topic areas: Organizational research, employee selection, training, motivation, or leadership. Papers will be prepared in the APA 6th edition format and provided in either MS Word or Adobe Format. Feel free to contact your instructor with any questions that you have concerning the content or format of the paper.


Midterm Exam     30%
Final Exam          30%
Quiz's                 15%
Research Paper   25%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

I will work with the student. If an exam is missed, I will allow the student to take a late exam.
Book is required by second week of class.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students will be respectful of others opinions and position during discussion.
Laptop computers are welcome in the classroom: for only note taking or presentations.
Please do not bring food or beverages into the classroom. Bottle water is okay.
If you bring a cell phone to class, it must have on a ringer disable. Do not answer the phone during class. If you must take the call, quietly go outside and away from the door to take the call.
I will not allow any bar side conversation during lectures. Respect and always apply common courtesy.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Introduction and Review of course syllabus: Read chapter 1-4
Week 2: Lecture and discussion; group assignment be ready to present Quiz 1&2 to class, read chapter 5-7
Week 3: Lecture and discussion: Review Midterm, Quiz 3&4, read chapter 8-10
Week 4: In class Midterm Term
Week 5: Lecture and discussion:  Quiz 5& 6, read chapter 11-13
Week 6: Lecture and discussion; Quiz 7&8, read chapters 14-15
Week 7: Lecture and discussion: Review Final exam; research paper is due;
Week 8: Final Exam

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 "F".
  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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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