Organisational Psychology

Subject PSYC30015 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 Hours
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment for this subject is 120 hours.


No prerequisites are required for this subject


No corequisites are required for this subject

Recommended Background Knowledge:

Prior coursework in at least two Level 2 psychology subjects is recommended. Level 2 psychology subjects are: Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Personality & Social Psychology.

Non Allowed Subjects:

512322 Industrial/Organisational Psychology 3

512305 Organisational Psychology

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purpose of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards of Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This subject provides students with a foundation in the theories, principles, methods of applied and organisational psychology, with a focus on applied domains including work, consumer behaviour and health. Topics will be selected from motivation and emotion; personality and abilities in relation to real-world outcomes; performance evaluation and job satisfaction; market research and consumer psychology; learning, instruction, training and skill acquisition; stress; negotiation; leadership and organisational culture; the psychology of health promotion. Tutorial exercises develop and extend these areas.


The subject aims to:

  • develop knowledge of the key theoretical ideas and research methods relevant to applied and organisational psychology
  • develop knowledge of many of the technical issues in applied and organisational psychology
  • develop the ability to research and critically assess theories and ideas in applied and organisational psychology
  • develop knowledge of some of the problems which emerge in real-world settings.

Written work of 3000 words (40%) to be submitted during semester. An examination of no more than two hours (60%) to be completed at the end of semester during the specified University examination period.

Each piece of assessment must be completed (hurdle requirement).

Attendance of at least 80% or more of the laboratory classes is a hurdle requiremnt. In case of failure to meet the hurdle requirement, additional work will be required before a passing grade can be awarded.

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Students will be given appropriate opportunity and educational support to develop:

  • analytic skills related to real-world problems;
  • social science research skills;
  • communication and scientific writing skills.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Biomedicine
Graduate Diploma in Psychology
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Psychology
Psychology Major
Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Core selective subjects for B-BMED.
Related Breadth Track(s): Mind, Self and Society

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