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PY3105 - Working it: Psychology in the Work Force

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject presents a contextual approach to organisational psychology encompassing both theoretical roots and their application to the workplace. The psychology of behaviour in organisations is explored at descriptive and analytic levels and linked to its use in intervention. Topics range from understanding the impact of context on organisations, managing change and organisation development to specifics such as criterion development, job analysis, performance appraisal, staff selection and management. Both lectures and tutorials will be interactive. This subject draws heavily on the social psychological approach to understanding organisations, but explores an area of psychology which may be viewed as being more applied than pure. As such, in addition to presenting a sound introduction for students interested in specialising in organisational psychology or human resource management fields, it provides insight into how organisations function. This insight can be useful for any employee.

Learning Outcomes

  • explain the purpose, scope, and theoretical principles of organisational psychology;
  • apply research evidence to critique a critical issue in organisational psychology;
  • explore and critically discuss a range of topics within organisational psychology theory and practice.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (10%) - Group
  • Participation > Class participation - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Critical appraisal/review - (30%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: Achieve at least 50% for the end of semester exam; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties.

Prerequisites: PY1101 OR PY1102
BU1904 PY3085


JCU Singapore, Study Period 52, Internal
Census Date 04-Aug-2022
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 10 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 24 hours tutorials
  • 16 hours pre-recorded content/lectures
  • assessment and self-directed study

Cairns, Study Period 2, External
Census Date 25-Aug-2022
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours online interactive lectures
  • 24 hours online tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.