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PY3105 - Behaviour in Organisations

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social 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

  • acquire a working knowledge of the aims, methods, tasks and topics of organisational psychology in an holistic framework;
  • be able to explain the purpose and scope of organisational psychology;
  • develop a more comprehensive critical understanding of one aspect of organisational psychology;
  • develop critical understanding of the application of selected psychological theories to organisations.
Prerequisites: PY1101 OR PY1102
BU1904 PY3085


JCU Singapore, Study Period 52, Internal
Census Date 09-Aug-2012
Lecturer: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (25%); presentations (25%).

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