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PSYC 404:  Industrial/Organizational Psychology

(Fall 2016)

This class meets on Tuesdays 5:00-7:50 in Founders Hall rm 125


Catalog Course Description: Exploration of psychological methods used to improve employee selection, training, and performance. Organizational issues such as job satisfaction and emotions, work stress, violence, team skills, job design.

Instructor: David Campbell

Office:             444 BSS

Phone:              826-3721

Office Hours:   Continuous (by e-mail) and usually 8:30-11:30 Wed in my office.


Web site:


Text:  (Be sure to purchase the correct edition.)
Spector, P. E. (2011). Industrial and organizational psychology: Research and practice (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. (Required)


NOTE: You must have your textbooks at the beginning of the semester. Reading assignments and homework typically begin in the first week. If you cannot afford the required texts, ask about the emergency loan program at our Financial Aid Office.


Additional Readings will be placed online.


Course Objectives:

The work in this course facilitates the attainment of the Psychology Departments goals to: (1) demonstrate knowledge in the social and interpersonal processes area of psychological science, (2) demonstrate effective communication skills, effective interpersonal skills, increased self-understanding, and insight into the behavior of others, (3) apply your knowledge and skills in psychology to improve your own life and the lives of others.

The assignments in this course also help in the attainment of three basic HSU learning objectives: (1) effective communication through written and oral modes, (2) critical and creative thinking skills in acquiring a broad base of knowledge and applying it to complex issues, and (3) competence in a major area of study.


 Course Procedure:

Students in upper-division courses are expected to take an active role in their learning. With that in mind, we will not use a strict lecture format. Instead, we will run this course with a mix of short lectures and group discussion. Accompanying each reading assignment you will have a set of homework questions intended to provoke thought, stimulate discussion, and review key points.  You are expected to actively engage with your reading and come to class prepared to discuss the assigned topic.

 You can expect an experiential activity associated with most class meetings. These activities will address such topics as active listening, workplace ethics, group dynamics, conflict & negotiation, and organizational change.

 Tests will consist of a midterm exam and a comprehensive final exam.

 You have a term paper assignment in this class -- described on our course website.

This course will require a fair amount of your time. As a rough guide, you can expect to spend 9 hours/week in work associated with this course (an application of the "2 for 1 rule").


Your course grade will be determined by weighting the assignments and activities as follows:

25%  Homework (notes on the reading, other work as assigned). The homework questions are posted on our course website.

20%  Midterm Exam 
30%  Final Exam
25%  Term paper (a scholarly analysis on a topic approved by the instructor, prepared in APA format and submitted to via our online class site)

Extra Credit:
You can earn extra credit in this course by participating in one or two hours of research as a participant (subject).  To sign up for experiments, you need to first create an account in the participation pool system.  Instructions are available at  Extra credit in this course does not carry a specific point value but it will be considered if your end-of-semester calculated course grade places you at the lower side of the border between two course grades.

Course Grade Calculation: At the end of the semester you will have earned a letter grade for each type of assignment.
   Homework. 10 pts each, 140 total. A=130-140, B=120-129, C=110-119, D=100-109.
   Midterm Exam. 49 pts total. A=37-49, B=33-36, C=29-32, D=24-28.
   Term Paper. Assigned a letter grade.
   Final Exam. 56 pts total. A=37-56, B=32-36, C=27-31, D=24-26.
Your assignment letter grades will be weighted as indicated above to get a weighted grade point. This will be converted to your course grade: A=3.2-4.0, B=2.2-3.1, C=1.4-2.1, D=1.1-1.3
Amount of extra credit will be considered for those at grade borders.
Plus and minus grades are applied for point totals just below or above a grade border on assignments and for weighted course GP just below or above a grade border.

Student Responsibilities:

You are expected to tackle this course in a constructive and mature manner.  Your instructor expects you to make your work in this course a high priority, keeping up with reading, and completing all assignments on time.  Quizzes and exams, in particular, must be taken when scheduled. There are no make-up exams in this course. Also, be sure to review the HSU policy on academic honesty.  You need to be aware of what constitutes cheating and plagiarism (e.g., is it OK to turn in essentially the same paper in two classes with similar assignments, or is it OK to make use of quizzes provided by your roommate from the same class last semester?).


Schedule of Topics and Reading Assignments:


(Note that homework is due at the beginning of class on the week it is assigned)

Wk #





Aug 22-27




Aug 28-Sept 3

Overview of the field of I/O psychology

Ch 1 (Spector text)


Sept 4-10

Research methods in I/O psychology

Ch 2


Sept 11-17

Job analysis

Ch 3


Sept 18-24

Performance appraisal

Ch 4


Sept 25-Oct 1

Assessment methods

Ch 5


Oct 2-8

Selecting employees

Ch 6


Oct 9-15


Ch 7


Oct 16-22

Motivation in the workplace

Ch 8


Oct 23-29

Feelings in the workplace: Job attitudes and emotions

Ch 9


Oct 30-Nov 5

Productive & counterproductive employee behavior

Ch 10


Nov 6-12

Occupational health psychology

Ch 11


Nov 13-19

Work groups & work teams

Ch 12


Nov 27-Dec 3

Leadership & power in organizations

Ch 13


Dec 4-10

Organizational development & theory

Ch 14


Dec 14

FINAL EXAM: Must be taken during our regular class time on finals week (covers chapters 1-14).

TERM PAPER DUE at midnight on the day of the final exam.



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