HR/Industrial & Organizational Psychology

 

Course Descriptions

The Industrial and Organizational Psychology Major (I/O) will fulfill the needs of students seeking to gain knowledge and skills that will prepare them for graduate school and/or for a position in a business environment in an area of human resource management such as employee selection, assessment, training or other areas managing worker productivity and behavior.  The I/O major is offered as an additional major for students with a first major in any Business discipline or Psychology. The I/O major builds upon the knowledge and skills developed in their first major. 

Minimum Credits Required:  33 credits (plus pre-requisites)

Required Courses

Business Majors: 
PSY 100 Principles of Psychological Science         
3 credit hours
    
This course may be taken to partially satisfy the core curriculum requirement in the social sciences.
An introduction to the scientific study of behavior. Topics surveyed will include the study of brain-behavior relationships, sensation and perception, learning, memory and thinking, social and personality psychology, lifespan development, psychological disorders and psychotherapy. Additionally, this course will enhance critical thinking skills by acquainting students with fundamental research techniques and with the interpretation and evaluation of research findings.        

Psychology Majors: 
BUS 208 Introduction to Business
3 credit hours

This course provides an introduction to the role of business in modern society, its responsibilities and obligations, existing forms and functions, and projected changes and their effect on society. Not open to students who have taken BUS 305

All students:
BUS 410 Human Resource Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BUS 305
This course provides an overview of the various functions in the field of Human Resource Management. The functions of planning, selecting, compensating, appraising, training, and development are covered. Legislation and laws pertaining to these functions as well labor relations and health and safety are examined. Overall
organizational strategy is incorporated into the application of all Human Resource functions.

PSY 280 Research Methods
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PSY 100 and 278
This course provides an overview of research techniques and design considerations that are central to a variety of sub-disciplines within psychology (e.g., cognitive, physiological, sensation and perception developmental, clinical, learning, social, industrial/organizational, etc.). Students are also familiarized with ethical issues involved in conducting psychological research. Students develop a proposal for a study of their own design.

PSY 301 Psychological Testing
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: PSY 278 or consent of the instructor
A study of the field of psychological testing and assessment. The course will focus on issues of reliability validity, and psychometrics. Special attention will be given to the areas of intelligence, aptitude, educational, and personality testing. Ethical, legal, and judgmental issues in psychological assessment in clinical, industrial, and educational settings will be explored.

PSY 320 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: PSY 100
A study of psychological research and theory as applied to work settings. The course will emphasize industrial issues such as job analysis, job evaluation, validation, and performance appraisal and organizational issues such as corporate culture, downsizing, organizational justice, stress, leadership and motivation. Job design and ergonomics issues will also be reviewed. The course will also examine the legal and ethical context of the practice of industrial/organizational psychology.



BUS/PSY 496 Industrial and Organizational Psychology Capstone
The capstone course will require students to apply learning from coursework in the Major to a project with an outside profit or non-profit organization.  Students will learn the consultative process and develop and utilize skills in marketing ideas, influencing decision-makers, and interacting with various organizational constituencies.  Students will implement business and behavioral science research knowledge and skills in order to address and solve organizational needs and problems.   The capstone requires extensive oral and written communication skills in order to complete an applied and/or research project.



Electives Courses

Elective courses cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of both the student’s primary major and the I/O major.

Choose one of the following courses:

PSY 321 Group Dynamics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 100.
This course may be taken to partially satisfy the core curriculum requirement in the social sciences.

A course designed to examine interpersonal relationships in small and large groups. Current theory and research is presented, along with experiential exercises. A major focus is on leadership skills and group development.

BUS 409D  Behavioral Theories of Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: BUS 305
Students may not receive credit for both BUS 409D and BUS 406I
This course is designed to provide the student with a behavioral science approach to organizations.  Students will learn why we behave as we do in organizations and groups.  The course will help the student understand how individual awareness effects performance as a manager and leader.  Individual, group, and organizational differences and similarities are highlighted throughout the course.  Students will being to develop the interpersonal skills needed to be effective employees, manager, and leaders and improve the performance of organizations.

Choose three of the following courses:

BUS 358 Business Communication
3 credit hours

This writing intensive course is designed to provide a practical application of business communication skills.  Students will learn how to effectively communicate with various audiences.  Competency will be developed in oral and written communication.  Development of these skills is integrated with the use of technology.

BUS 411 Compensation
Prerequisite: BUS 410 or permission of instructor
3 credit hours
Theory and strategy behind organizational compensation practices are examined. Specifically, the behavioral aspects of compensation, the legal constraints, development of base pay systems, variable pay, executive compensation, benefits, and services are covered. Students become familiar with actual practices and application in organizations.

BUS 412 Employment Law
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: BUS 410 or permission of instructor
This course is a review of the historical foundations of Employment Law and Labor Law with a focus on current issues as reflected by recent agency and court rulings. Labor Relations includes the topics of the NLRB unionization, collective bargaining, grievance procedures, arbitrations and mediation. This course is open to graduate students.

BUS 413 Staffing and Development
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: BUS 410 or permission of instructor
This course provides a strategic overview of the Human Resource Planning function. Job analysis, recruiting, selection, training, development, retention, and appraisal are covered as key topical areas with a focus on the theoretical foundations and application of current practices.

PSY 304 Personality Psychology
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: PSY 100.
This course may be taken to partially satisfy the core curriculum requirement in the social sciences.

An introduction to the general subject of personality. Emphasis is on the determinants of a healthy preview of major theories of personality and an introduction to research methods and testing personality in such areas as emotions, self-concept and interpersonal relations. The course consists of review of major theories of personality and an introduction to research methods and testing.

PSY 339 Social Psychology
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: PSY 100, or consent of the instructor; PSY 280 recommended.
This course may be taken to partially satisfy the core curriculum requirement in the social sciences.

A study of psychological principles underlying social behavior. Problems in perception, motivation, social cognition, social interaction attitudes, values and prejudice in person/group relationships are studied.

PSY 328 Cognitive Processes
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: PSY 280
A study of the processes by which people receive, transform and store incoming information and retrieve stored information. Specific topics examined include perception, concept formation, levels of memory processing, the relation of cognitive and language processes, models of semantic organization and artificial intelligence.

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