Singapore University of Social Sciences

Organizational Psychology

Organizational Psychology (PSY201)


Industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology is the branch of psychology that deals with the study of work behavior. The scientific goal of I/O psychology is to increase our knowledge and understanding of work behavior, while the practical goal is to use this knowledge to enhance the performance and well being of workers. A wide range of topics is dealt with in this course. They include methodological issues (e.g., research approaches in I/O psychology); personnel issues (e.g., employee recruitment, selection & assessment); worker issues (e.g., motivation, leadership, job satisfaction, work stress); as well as workgroup & organizational issues (e.g., group processes, organizational development). By the end of this course, students would understand what I/O psychology is and how to conduct research on work behavior; gain insight on a variety of factors that affect employees at work; analyze work-related issues using a variety of theories & concepts in I/O psychology; as well as apply what they’ve learnt in this course to deal with problems and challenges in the workplace.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • Definition, History and Research Methodology
  • From Job Analysis to Employee Recruitment
  • Selecting Employees & Evaluating Their Performance
  • Motivating & Leading Employees
  • Shaping Employee Attitudes & Behaviors for the Better
  • Enhancing Work Groups in the Organization

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss key theories/models/findings in organizational psychology.
  • Compare different ways of conducting research in organizational psychology.
  • Examine key trends/issues/ challenges faced by companies and I/O psychologists.
  • Illustrate different approaches to recruit/select/appraise employees.
  • Explain how to motivate and lead employees to be productive and satisfied with their work.
  • Show different strategies for employees to cope with stress and engage in positive work attitudes/behaviours (vs negative work attitudes/behaviours).
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