The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code

PSYC3600

Units

10 units

Level

3000 level

Course handbook

Description

Organisations are collections of people comprising different social groups (e.g., in universities there are students, lecturers, administrators, librarians, etc.). In order to be successful, it is important that these groups contain the right sorts of people, who compete or cooperate with one another appropriately, and make effective decisions. This course looks at the ways that social psychology has been applied to understanding human behaviour in organisations. The course also deals with the discipline of organisational psychology. Issues that are covered may include intergroup relations in the workplace, communication, leadership and power, and organisational change.

Forms part of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council's accredited sequence.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Introduce classic and contemporary theories and evidence in social and organisational psychology.

2. Develop the academic ability to report and discuss social and organisational psychology in both written and oral formats in a clear and concise manner and using a professional style.

3. Develop the academic ability to critically evaluate theory and evidence in social and organisational psychology.

4. Provide an opportunity to apply social and organisational psychology to 'real-life' situations.

5. Encourage logical, original, and creative thinking in relation to social and organisational psychology.


Content

Lectures are divided into two strands:

  • social psychology and
  • organisational psychology.

The social component builds on the intermediate level unit on social psychology in PSYC2600 Personality and Social Psychology and will concentrate on applications of social psychology, especially in the workplace.

Specific topics that may be included are:

  • applying social psychology to real-life problems,
  • intergroup conflict in the workplace, and
  • stereotyping in the workplace.

The discussion of organisational psychology may include:

  • an analysis of perceptions and attributions,
  • team dynamics,
  • communication,
  • rewards,
  • conflict, and
  • stress in the workplace.

The course forms part of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council's accredited sequence.

Related Courses

PSYC3001, PSYC3301, PSYC3500


Assumed knowledge

PSYC3600Advanced Social and Organisational PsychologyOrganisations are collections of people comprising different social groups (e.g., in universities there are students, lecturers, administrators, librarians, etc.). In order to be successful, it is important that these groups contain the right sorts of people, who compete or cooperate with one another appropriately, and make effective decisions. This course looks at the ways that social psychology has been applied to understanding human behaviour in organisations. The course also deals with the discipline of organisational psychology. Issues that are covered may include intergroup relations in the workplace, communication, leadership and power, and organisational change.

Forms part of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council's accredited sequence.FSCITFaculty of Science722School of Psychology1030005980Semester 2 - 2019CALLAGHANCallaghan20195980Semester 2 - 2019CENTRALCSTOurimbah2019Students considering enrolling in this 3000 level course should have successfully completed all the first year units and at least half the second year units, including PSYC2600, of the degree program in which they are enrolled, in order to have sufficient requisite knowledge, understanding and generic skills.Lectures are divided into two strands: social psychology and organisational psychology.The social component builds on the intermediate level unit on social psychology in PSYC2600 Personality and Social Psychology and will concentrate on applications of social psychology, especially in the workplace.Specific topics that may be included are: applying social psychology to real-life problems, intergroup conflict in the workplace, and stereotyping in the workplace.The discussion of organisational psychology may include: an analysis of perceptions and attributions, team dynamics, communication, rewards, conflict, and stress in the workplace.The course forms part of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council's accredited sequence.Related CoursesPSYC3001, PSYC3301, PSYC3500 YOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1Introduce classic and contemporary theories and evidence in social and organisational psychology.2Develop the academic ability to report and discuss social and organisational psychology in both written and oral formats in a clear and concise manner and using a professional style.3Develop the academic ability to critically evaluate theory and evidence in social and organisational psychology.4Provide an opportunity to apply social and organisational psychology to 'real-life' situations.5Encourage logical, original, and creative thinking in relation to social and organisational psychology. Presentation: Group work and communication skills: oral presentations, answers to questions and feedback to peers.In Term Test: Online TestFormal Examination: Formal exam Callaghan and OurimbahLaboratoryFace to Face On Campus2hour(s)per Week for7Weeks3Please see Course Outline for lab scheduleLectureFace to Face On Campus2hour(s)per Week for12Weeks1


Assessment items

Presentation: Group work and communication skills: oral presentations, answers to questions and feedback to peers.

In Term Test: Online Test

Formal Examination: Formal exam


Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks starting in week 3

Please see Course Outline for lab schedule

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1