Master of Arts in Psychology, Industrial Organizational (I/O) Psychology

Master of Arts in Psychology, Industrial Organizational (I/O) Psychology

Courses

(All courses are 3 credits)

 

ORG 6499 Cultural Diversity & Individual Differences
This course provides a systematic review of the wide range of cultures and individual differences and the ways in which cultural mores, ethnocentrism, and factors such as matters of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, customs and cultures impact behavior of the individual themselves and of those around them. Through this course, students better understand themselves and others, in terms of perceptions and behaviors.

PSY 5130 Life Span Development
This course surveys the major theoretical perspectives on life span development from conception through late adulthood. Developmental processes related to physical, cognitive, moral, and emotional functions are reviewed as well as societal and cultural aspects of development.

PSY 5420 Principles of Social Psychology
This course provides an introduction and overview of the principles and theories of social psychology. The course includes exploration of behavior in groups, group impacts on individual behavior and the ways in which organizational rules and norms impact behavior. Constructs of social psychology, including social influence, social thinking, and attitude formation are covered and related to sociological and psychological research.

PSY 5290 Theories & Techniques of Counseling
This course is an overview of the psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, and existential/humanistic schools of psychology, as well as corresponding models of counseling and frequently used assessment and therapeutic techniques. The primary focus in the course is on the development of both skills and rationale in the application of intervention strategies to treatment and case management.

RES 5240 Applied Research Methods
This course involves the study of research design, and the quantitative and qualitative methods that can be used in addressing research questions. Students will be introduced to social scientific inquiry and the research design process, as well as some of the most common quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Through the process of critiquing research articles, students will learn how to determine the appropriate use of research design, recognize errors and biases in conducting research, and communicate the methods and results of particular studies.

RES 5400 Understanding, Interpreting, & Applying Statistical Concepts
This course teaches students how to critically analyze, interpret, and apply statistical concepts to research in education and the social sciences. The focus is on a quantitative approach to the concepts and methods of statistical inference. Topics include sampling, frequency distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, and probability. Statistical analyses covered include correlation, regression, t-tests, nonparametric tests, and Analysis of Variance. Basic research design issues are also addressed focusing on selecting data analysis techniques to appropriately address research questions and to apply the concepts covered to various psychological problems and realistic situations. Emphasis is on developing skills in interpreting statistical results presented in research articles.

ORG 6520 Professional Ethics, Standards of Practice & Law
This course is a study of the ethical and legal issues confronting organizational leadership. Topics related to discrimination and anti-harassment, personnel selection procedures, standards for psychological testing, and social media will be explored. Students will learn principles of ethical decision-making and corporate social responsibility as well as explore the impact that major ethical and legal dilemmas create for organizations. Students will master the importance of non-discrimination and anti-harassment legal principles including affirmative action, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 through the study of laws and relevant court decisions. Students will also master the current code of ethics of the American Psychological Association and other relevant professional codes of ethics. Students will further master essential consumer protection principles.

ORG 6503 Organizational Theories & Systems
This course explores the theories of human organizations and how they function and the factors which influence the structure, design, operation, and performance of individuals in complex organizations. The emphasis is on integrating theory and concepts from the behavioral and social sciences as a basis for understanding human behavior within organizations.

ORG 6523 Teams in Organizations
In this course students explore the dynamics of highly functioning teams and their role in improving performance and increasing cross-functional collaboration in organizations. Students analyze the fundamental building blocks of effective teams in organizations, including behaviors of effective team members, factors that distinguish effective problem solving by teams, how organizational cultures influence team effectiveness, and the vital dimensions of team leadership. The course explores the life cycle of a team, including how leaders effectively form teams and optimize performance at different stages of the life cycle.

ORG 6511 Introduction to Human Performance Management
This course focuses on improving performance from the individual level, to teams, and overall organizational performance. Students explore influences upon individuals’ performance in organizations, with an emphasis on the strategic and tactical decisions required to deploy human resources effectively. This course includes systematic themes, models, and theories for making decisions related to recruitment, selection, training, development, placement, and retention. Students also learn the basics of conducting job analysis and performance evaluation, as well as how to recommend solutions to organizational leaders in business terms. Topics include legal, ethical, and diversity issues related to employee selection, performance measurement and evaluation and progressive sanctions.

ORG 6512 Training & Development
This course examines the role of training and development initiatives as tools for change at the individual, team, and organizational levels. Students will also explore training and development systems designed to have an ongoing impact on organizational performance. The course explores the variety of methodologies, techniques, settings, and approaches to training and development including curriculum design and various training delivery modalities. The practical issues related to designing training and development initiatives that target specific organizational strategies will be discussed, based on established principles of adult learning. Topics include aligning training and development initiatives to business strategy, facilitating training programs, and evaluating the impact those programs have on individual, team, and organizational performance.

ORG 6640 Advanced Consulting Applications
Consulting skills and critical thinking include analysis of performance problems and opportunities, and determination of the appropriate levels of consulting intervention: individual, team, workgroup, or organizational. The content explores the local and global contents of consulting skills, including the role of the consultant, framing the purposes and goals of a consulting intervention, and measuring outcomes. Students learn to assess their strengths and limitations as organizational consultants, and build a solid reputation as an organizational consultant.

ORG 6506 Leading Organizational Change*
This course focuses on the principles and techniques associated with leading organizations through the change process. Included is a discussion of why organizations need to change in the current business and organizational environment. In addition, a process model of how best to bring about change serves as the core schema for the class sessions. To complement the "macro" or organizational approach to creating change, we also examine a "micro" viewpoint, addressing how to encourage individuals to change. Along these lines, we spend some time exploring the parallels between the organizational change process and how this discipline might inform how we change ourselves, and perhaps individuals. Finally, we draw some connections between the function of change and the role of leadership. Prerequisite: completion of all required coursework.

Total Credits 39

* This course may not be transferred in.

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