PSYC3322 Organisational Psychology

Bachelor Course Unit


One trimester


3rd Year

Credit points:

6 (out of 144)



Mode(s) of delivery:

On-campus and Online Delivery




This unit is designed to provide students with an understanding of the psychological theory and principles that relate to human behaviour in the workplace.

Unit Description

This unit examines the role of organisational psychology with in the broader context of psychological theory. The unit begins with a historical perspective of the development of the discipline of organisational psychology, and will progress through a range of diverse I/O related topics including; human factors, training, selection, teams, culture, positive psychology, leadership, coaching, and mental health in the workplace. The unit will explain the behaviours of people in work environments within the context of cognitive, learning, social, emotional and personality factors. An overview of the scientific basis of organisational psychology will be considered by looking at key theories, research methodologies and applications of importance. This unit will emphasise the application of theory in real world professional settings.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • Describe the development of Organisational Psychology as a scientific discipline.
  • Outline and appraise the major theoretical principles of Organisational Psychology
  • Analyse workplace events in terms of cognitive, learning, social, emotional and personality factors.
  • Apply the principles of cognitive, learning, social, emotional and personality psychology in the development of solutions to problems in the workplace.
  • Recognise the development of organisational culture in the workplace, and identify mechanisms to alter inappropriate organisational culture.
  • Understand the processes involved in conducting research on human performance within the workplace.
  • Use written communication appropriate to context and purpose to communicate within an organisational setting.

Unit content

  • History of I/O Psychology and Research methods
  • Training in organisations
  • Human factors, technology and safety
  • Selection and performance management
  • Worker well-being and stress
  • Mental health in the workplace
  • Positive psychology at work
  • Teams and culture
  • Leadership
  • Coaching

Learning and teaching process

This unit comprises 10 weekly 2.5 hour lectures and 9 weekly 1 hour tutorials. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory. Attendance at lectures is highly recommended. Lectures will be captured electronically at the time of delivery. These recordings of the slide content and oral presentation will be available for downloading as soon as it is feasible after the lecture.

Assessment Summary

Assessment information provided at the commencement of the unit in the online class space.

Recommended text

For more information regarding recommended texts for specific units, please see the School of Psychological Sciences Textbook List.

Academic misconduct

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This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it throughout the trimester. Your lecturer will advise when there are updates on the site and also when readings are available for class discussion.