Organizational Psychology


Ár1. ár
ÖnnHaustönn/Fall 2019
Stig námskeiðsÓskilgreint
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Freyr Halldórsson
The purpose of the course is to provide students with a solid knowledge of theories and concepts of organizational psychology and to develop students’ skills and competences to apply this knowledge in managerial decision making, in particular in the context of human resource management. Organizational psychology and Human resource management (HRM) are separate, but connected disciplines. Organizational psychology is an applied science that seeks to develop knowledge about relevant human behavior and to apply that knowledge to solve problems in organizations. The goal of HRM is to help organizations meet strategic goals by effectively attracting, retaining and managing employees while ensuring compliance with all appropriate labor laws. While the two disciplines cover many of the same topics relating to employees and organizations, they can have a somewhat different focus. The main focus of the course is on organizational psychology with the goal to introduce students to both the main topics relating to organizational psychology and how organizational psychology can be used within organizations. The course also considers how organizational psychology and HRM can together be applied within organizations to further organizational goals. The following topics and concepts are covered: - Employee selection - Fairness and diversity - Individual differences and assessment - Job analysis - Job design - Job evaluation - Job performance and measurement - Leadership - Stress and worker well-being - The motivation to work - Training and development - Work attitudes and emotions - Workgroups and teams
Knowledge: Collection of facts, concepts, theories and techniques acquired by students. The student should: - Have a general understanding of organizational psychology, the basic concepts and theories, and of the discipline’s purpose, key topics, and methodologies. - Know how to apply theories and concepts to practical issues in the workplace. - Have increased understanding of the factors affecting employee behavior and how organizational psychology can be applied to impact organizational effectiveness. Skills: The ability to apply knowledge to different tasks of human resource management. The student should: - Be able to analyze practical issues associated with human factors in the workplace. - Be able to apply theoretical knowledge to practical settings within organizations. - Be able to explain of how methods, theories and concepts of organizational psychology can be applied to analyze practical issues relating to people within organization to help solve organizational challenges. Competences: The ability to apply knowledge and skills in human resource management. The student should: - Show ability in group cooperation, contribute to analysis and assignments, have the ability to work independently as well as in active cooperation with others. - Be able to use relevant literature, theories and research findings to critically assess and support arguments and recommendations pertaining to practical issues in organizations.

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