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INP 2002: Introduction to I/O Psychology (live and online)

Course Introduction: Industrial/Organizational Psychology is the scientific study of the workplace. This course will provide an overview of psychological principles and their application in organizational settings. Specific topics discussed will include job analysis, personnel selection, performance evaluation, work motivation and attitudes, job stress, and other related areas.
The student who successfully completes this course should attain a clear understanding of the field of I/O psychology. In addition, students will gain a strong foundation in the psychological theories and methods related to the field, as well as, an understanding for their application to workplace issues. These learning goals will be accomplished primarily through lecture, discussion, readings, and classroom activities.

INP 5095: Seminar in Industrial Psychology

Course Introduction: This course examines the major topics in industrial psychology including job analysis, strategic workforce planning, recruitment, testing and individual differences, selection, training and development, and performance management. In addition to these core issues, we will also examine the legal, economic, and organizational factors that impact the field. This course observes a scientist/practitioner model. Therefore, you will be expected to display an understanding of current research and be able to apply key concepts to real world issues. The student who successfully completes this course should attain a clear understanding of the major topics in industrial psychology and the interrelationships among them. Students should have a basic, but solid, understanding of key industrial psychology job duties and knowledge areas, including job analysis, legal requirements of the hiring process, designing and validating selection systems, and designing and monitoring performance management systems. In addition, through classroom activities and projects, students should display improved writing and presentation skills, the ability to read and interpret empirical journal articles, and to summarize and critique others’ research. By the end of the course, students should have an increased understanding of methods used in industrial psychology and begin to formulate potential research ideas. These learning goals will be accomplished primarily through classroom discussion, readings, and group activities.

INP 6090: Applied Psychology and Organizational Consulting

Course Introduction: This course will cover common issues encountered by Industrial/Organizational psychologists in a consulting career and introduce you to various applied paths. We will examine the role of ethics in organizational consulting, the competencies of consulting, ways to overcome rejection, methods of influence, and the role of consultants. The course will reference knowledge learned in previous I/O seminars.  The course is primarily discussion based with classroom activities, case studies, and guest speakers complementing the learning process. A self-paced e-learning tool will also be used.

INP 6611: Organizational Stress

Course Introduction: This course will have a special focus on occupational health psychology (OHP), an emerging multidisciplinary field concerned with employee health, safety, and well-being. This seminar reviews relevant literature focused primarily in the areas of occupational stress and safety. Students who take this course will acquire a greater understanding of the stress process and associated strains, methodological issues in the measurement of stress, workplace aggression, stress interventions, safety, cross national efforts in the study of stress, and the concept of healthy work. Student assignments are designed to enhance critical thinking and writing abilities. Upon completion of the course, students will have had experience critiquing technical manuscripts and writing a review paper.