Industrial and Organizational Psychology

General Course Information

Course Lecturer Name(s):  Dr. Justina Aire

Course Director Name:  Dr. Justina Aire

Course Lecturer(s) Contact Information: +1 473 444 4175 x3253

Course Director Contact Information: +1 473 444 4175 x3253 

Course Lecturer(s) Office Hours:  Mon, & Wed.,:  11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.  and Fridays 12:004:00 P.M.   BY APPOINTMENT ONLY – Zoom Platform

Course Director Office Hours: N/A

Course Lecturer(s) Office Location:  Balsier Building

Course Director Office Location:  Balsier Building

Course Support:   Ms. Thomas +1 473 444 4175 x3692 

Course Management tool: To learn to use Sakai, the Course management tool, access the link

Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

This course introduces students to the use and application of psychology in the workplace. Industrial/Organizational Psychology (I/O) is the application and study of human behavior in the workplace and organizations. I/O psychology as a discipline is concerned with recruitment, selection, training, motivation, job performance, teamwork, leadership, job attitudes, and many more related topics. This course provides an overview of the field including research and practical application in I/O psychology. Topics include job analysis, employee selection and appraisal, worker issues, workplace characteristics and organizational issues. 

Course Objectives: 

  1. Explain the various types and uses of selection, training, and performance appraisal systems and their relationships to job analysis 
  2. Define and explain the relationships among theories of leadership, group processes, motivation and satisfaction
  3. Explain the relationship between organizational psychology theories and organizational development practices
  4. Apply the principles of I/O psychology to workplace problems 
  5. Conduct a simple job analysis, including development of training needs, performance dimensions, and selection specifications 
  6. Discuss relevant legal issues as they apply to the practices of I/O psychologists

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Use and apply psychology in the workplace
  2. Study of human behavior in the workplace and organizations
  3. Utilize psychology as a discipline concerned with recruitment, selection, training, motivation, job performance, teamwork, leadership, job attitudes, and many more related topics

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

PSY PO. 1. Utilize psychology knowledge in the understanding of self, and how one relates to others.

SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:

A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 64.4% or less 

Course Materials:

Text: Schultz, D. & Schultz, S.E. (2010).  Psychology and Work Today (10th ed.).  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall.

Recommended Texts

  • American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: APA. 
  • Dunnette, M. & Hough, L. (Eds.) (1990). Handbook of industrial and organizational psychology (2nd ed.). Palo Alto, CA: Consulting Psychologists Press
  • Muchinsky, P. M. (2006). Psychology applied to work (8th ed). Belmont, CA. Thomson Learning. ISBN 0-534-60781-0 
  • Academy of Management Review
  • International Journal of Selection and Assessment
  • Journal of Occupational and Organizational Behavior
  • Journal of Organizational Behavior
  • Journal of Business and Psychology


Course Grading Requirement:


  1. Attendance, Punctuality and Participation.  That is:      
    1. Be in class every scheduled session. Absence in peer Scheduled Presentation attracts a loss of marks.- 2 points for lateness and 5 points if you are absent
      1. Be in all scheduled classes within 5 Minutes of the start of class, latest.
      2. Participate in the classroom discussions in a way that 
        1. demonstrates an understanding of the required reading, and 
        2. display ability to engage in meaningful academic discourse about the topics of the day.
  2. Five in-term quizzes (50%) EXAM SOFT ONLY
  3. Term Paper (20%) - Peer Presentations.
  4. Final examination. (30%)  EXAM SOFT ONLY


To reduce the risk of your exam being flagged please observe the following:  

  1. Avoid talking out loud 
  2. Avoid looking away from the monitor 
  3. Avoid having distractions (animals, people) in or walking through the room or making noise during the exam 
  4. Check that your webcam is recording your full face at all times. 

Please be aware that 5% of your grade will be deducted if you are flagged for any of the following:  

  1. Use of prohibited resources (e.g. whiteboard/scrap paper) unless explicitly allowed as an accommodation 
  2. Multiple people in the camera's view unless in a shared examination space 
  3. Leaving the room or field of view during the exam 
  4. Wearing headgear that cover the ears (e.g. scarves, headphones) 
    1. If requested in advance, we will allow ear plugs as long as they are shown to the camera prior to starting the exam 
  5. Unnatural hand gestures 
  6. Poor lighting 
    1. You should be facing the light source 
  7. Eyes and face not visible for ENTIRE duration of the exam (masks allowed in shared examination spaces) 
  8. Answer and monitor files NOT uploaded.  
    1. You must ensure your microphone is enabled 
    2. Check that your image is not frozen 

You will be monitored until you click the “continue to upload” button and leave secure mode. Please refrain from any actions that may lead to you being flagged until that time.

You will need to have your exam downloaded BEFORE the start time or you will risk a 0 (zero) grade.

Technical issues may occur, and any exam not downloaded by download end (30 min after exam start time) will not be counted.   

Course Requirements:

  • Full participation expected in all class discussions.
  • Full attendance required for all class presentations.
  • Laptop use prohibited except for specific class purposes.
  • Students completing other course assignments in class will be asked to leave.
  • All late assignments will be assigned a 1 point penalty for each day of non-submission, unless previously receiving an extension.
  • Extensions will be given at lecturer’s discretion.
  • No adjustments on grades will be done after last day of the term.
  • Please extend respectful courtesy in class where it is due.
  • Plagiarized papers will receive zero points.
  • No eating and drinking will be allowed in class.
  • No cell phones or pagers should be used in class.

Course Schedule

WEEK 1:   Introductory Meeting and general introduction to the course

WEEK 2: Chapter 1 - Principles, Practices & Problems in I/O Psychology & Chapter 2 – Techniques, Tools, and Tactics

WEEK 3:  Quiz 1 (Chapters 1) Chapter 3 - Employee Selection Principles and Techniques 

WEEK 4:  Chapter 4 - Psychological Testing & Video and Peer discussion

WEEK 5:  Quiz 2 (Chapters 3)  - Chapter 5 - Performance Appraisal 

WEEK 6:  Chapter 6 - Training & Development & Video on Training Process

WEEK 7: Quiz 3 (Chapters 5) – Chapter 7 - Leadership

WEEK 8:  Midterm Week   -   No Examination

WEEK 9:  Quiz 4 (Chapters 7)  - Chapter 8 - Motivation, Satisfaction, and Job Involvement  

WEEK 10: Chapter 9 -The Organization of the Organization & Video on Emotional Intelligence 

WEEK 11:  Quiz 5 (Chapters 9)  Chapter 10 - Working Conditions  

WEEK 12:  Preparation for Presentation of Group Projects   

WEEK 13:   Chapter 11 - Employee Safety and Health Issues & Chapter 12 - Stress in the Workplace 

WEEK 14: 

Regular classes:

 Chapter 13 Engineering Psychology & Chapter 14 Consumer Psychology 

WEEK 15: Preparation for Final examination – individually or in groups

WEEK 16:     Final Examination Week   -  Two randomly selected chapters of those NEITHER tested NOR presented  

Expected Holidays - Spring 2022

  • Holiday – Independence Day February 7
  • Midterm week  March 7-11
  • Holiday – Good Friday   April 15
  • Holiday – Holy Monday April 18
  • Holiday – Labor Day May 1 / Sunday
  • Holiday – Labor Day   May 2 /Monday 

School of Arts and Sciences Master Syllabi — Info for All Sections

Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.