PSY433 Organisational Psychology and Work Environment (8)

This subject emphasises the theory and application of the principles of psychology to industrial and organisational settings and to the behaviour of individuals in work situations. It is becoming increasingly recognised that the success of an organisation depends upon an understanding of the dynamic interaction between the nature of the organisation and the behaviour of the individuals within it. The specific topics are considered under two general areas, namely, Organisational Psychology and The Work Environment

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Psychology

Enrolment Restrictions

Graduate Diploma of Management Psychology students only

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain some of the major theories of organisations, organisational structure, and the components of social systems
  • be able to explain the concept of organisational justice and citizenship, the changing nature of the psychological contract in employment, and the impact of mergers and acquisitions
  • be able to explain environmental influences on mental health, work stress, work/family conflict, and the effects of unemployment
  • be able to explain the major theories of work motivation
  • be able to explain the notion of job design and the principles of job redesign, the notion of organisational culture, and the rationale of organisational development including related ethical issues
  • be able to describe the nature and functions of labour unions and a labour contract, and issues relating to industrial relations negotiations
  • be able to describe ergonomic approaches to work design, the psychological aspects of work safety, and the impact of substance abuse in the workplace


This 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 organisations and work teams, organisational behaviour, stress and a 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, and organisational development.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.