PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology (8)


This subject emphasises the application of the principles of psychology to industrial and organisational settings. Industrial/Organisational (I/O) Psychology is concerned with behaviour in work situations and the scientific study of the relationship between humans and the world of work. Topics include major fields in I/O Psychology: Personnel, Organisational Behaviour, Human Engineering, Vocational and Career Counselling, Organisation Development and Industrial Relations. Particular focus will be on intra-individual variables such as job satisfaction and work motivation; prediction and measurement systems for employee selection and performance appraisal; and special stimulus variables like training and development, environmental conditions and information processing.

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Session 1
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Psychology

Enrolment restrictions

4th year Psychology students only.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
* be able to demonstrate a general framework of understanding the three major fields of Industrial and Organisational Psychology: Personnel, Organisational and Human Factors
* be able to demonstrate an understanding of  the basic aspects of Personnel Psychology: job analysis; psychological employment assessment; recruitment selection; training and development; and performance appraisal
* be able to explain the key aspects of Organisational Psychology: work teams; organisational attitudes and behaviour; stress and well being at work; work motivation; and leadership
* be able to describe the foundations of Human Factor Psychology: job design; union / management relations; ergonomics and work conditions


The subject will cover the following topics:
* The subject considers the individual/organisation relationship from two perspectives: the psychology of the individual worker and the social psychology of organisations.
The former will include topics such as:
* Job analysis
* Selection
* Training
* Goal setting and performance appraisal
* Stress
* Psychological analysis of employment, work and unemployment.
The latter will include topics such as:
* Theories of organisations
* Communication patterns
* Motivation
* Morale
* Individuals and groups
* Leadership
* Organisational development

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 3 day residential school. No changes to the purpose or activities of the existing residential school.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.