PS424 Industrial & Organiz Psychology

for S2H 2012

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PS 424 Industrial & Organiz Psychology


S2H 2012 BU


Curtis, Ronald J.


Senior Professor/Adjunct


Ed.D., M.A., B.S.

Office Location

Bldg. 596, Rm. 212, MCAS Beaufort

Office Hours

Tue.-Thur. 10:00am-3:00pm

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Semester Dates


Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM



Credit Hours


Riggio, R. E. Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology. 5th.Ed. 2008. Prentice Hall, 0136009905

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

Consulting Pshchology Journal:  Practice and Research
Journal of Applied Psychology
Journal of Occupational Health Psychology

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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:
The student will engage in an active learning process consisting of academics, research, writing, analysis and oral interaction with the professor and fellow students, all aimed at learning through the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. As part of a student group explore solutions to I/O Psychology case studies.
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:

Students are required to read all assigned material prior to class and to be prepared to discuss questions relating to the assignments.  Students will participate in small group discussions along with class-wide discussions.  An application paper will be prepared (10 pages minimum excluding title page and references/bibliography pages; typewritten, double spaced with all sources documented).  Two examinations will be given.  Discussions and group activities will form the basis of the class participation and group participation grades.  All examinations will be closed book and closed notes.


Mid-Term Exam 30% (100 pts.)
Final Exam 30% (100 pts.)
Application paper 30% (100 pts.)
Class participation 5% (15 pts.)
Group participation 5% (15 pts.)
Grading:  90%-100%=A; 80%-89%=B; 70%-79%=C; 60%-69%=D; 59% or below (or 3 unexcused absences)=F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Any late submission will result in an appropriately lowered grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend class, be on-time and participate in class and group discussions.  A makeup assignment will be required for all classes missed.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

_____  ______  ______
19Mar   1,2        I/O Psychology:  history and research. 
21Mar     3         The methods and techniques of job analysis.
26Mar     4         The process of employee selection.
28Mar     5         Evaluating employee performance.
2Apr       6         Employee training and development.
4Apr       7         Theories of motivation.
9Apr      1-7       MID-TERM EXAMINATION.
11Apr      8        Job satisfaction and positive attitudes and behavior. 
16Apr      9        Worker stress and negative attitudes and behavior.  APPLICATION PAPER SYNOPSIS DUE.
18Apr     10       Communications in work organizations.
23Apr     11       Group processes in work organizations.
25Apr     12       Leadership.
30Apr     13       Power, influence and politics.  
2May      14       Organization structure, culture and development.  APPLICATION PAPERS DUE. 
7May      15       Human factors and occupational health psychology. 
9May     8-15    FINAL EXAMINATION.

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
Dishonesty will result in a failing grade for this course and may result in expulsion from the University.

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
Plagiarism will result in a failing grade for this course and may result in expulsion from the University.

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96
7.  Notify the professor in advance of any known or anticipated future absences due to excusable reasons.

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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