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.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY423. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School 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


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:
* 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSY423 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Short answer exercise - part a
Oral presentation
Written report
Short answer exercise - part b
Final exam

Residential School

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

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.