M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Course Offerings

One unit of credit equals four semester hours. 

PSY 501 Applied Psychology of Personnel Management
An in-depth overview of all areas of industrial psychology: ethical guidelines, case and statuary law, job analysis, selection, training, motivation and job satisfaction. Students analyze and design presentations of research reports, case studies and application readings.

PSY 511 Problem-Solving Methods in I/O Psychology
.50 credit
A seminar on problem-solving research methods used in I/O psychology. Topics include: ethics in research, quasi-experimentation design, program evaluation, use of appropriate statistical method and workplace applications.

PSY 512 Problem-Solving Analysis in I/O Psychology
An overview of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques for problem solving and decision making in I/O applications. Students will use Excel spreadsheet and SPSS software to gain familiarity with various univariate and multivariate statistics.

PSY 517 Small Group Theory and Process
.50 credit
Introduces and demonstrates small group theory, research and practice. Emphasis is on improving students’ ability to interact in work groups through simulations of workplace situations. Topics to be covered include: group leadership, power, conformity, conflict resolution and group decision making.

PSY 520 Employee Selection Procedures
A survey of job selection procedures used to assess individuals for hiring, promotion and other employment decisions. Topics include decision theory and the lawful, ethical and professional basis of such procedures as interviews, ability tests, personality inventories and other less-structured methods.

PSY 521 Criterion Theory, Job Analysis and Performance Appraisal
A study of the methods used to develop measures that evaluate the performance of individuals, groups and the overall productivity of organizations. Students will gain experience conducting job analyses and constructing performance appraisal measures.

PSY 523 Training: Theory, Design and Evaluation
.50 credit
An examination of the design, implementation and evaluation of effective training programs in organizations based on modern learning theory and principles of adult learning.

PSY 525 Measurement of Individual Difference
.50 credit
An examination of classical test theory, measurement and standards of psychological testing that are the foundation for the ethical and professional assessment of individual difference. Topics include the application to the areas of employee selection, performance and training.

PSY 530 Organizational Theory
.50 credit
An examination of the structures and social systems of organizations through current theories and case studies. Topics include: organizational power and politics, organizational roles and norms, policy formation, and organizational justice, or the fair treatment of employees in organizations.

PSY 531 Organizational Development
.50 credit
An examination of the theories, research, impact and practice of organizational change, particularly the effects of such changes on employees. Students will gain experience at formulating change strategies through work with case studies and research reports.

PSY 537 Assessing Job Attitudes, Opinions and Beliefs
.50 credit
An examination of the determinants and consequences of job satisfaction, involvement, culture, commitment and other job-related attitudes. Students will study a variety of methods of measurement, including the development and use of questionnaires.

PSY 539 Work Motivation
.50 credit
A study of the major theoretical areas of work motivation: need, cognitive and social learning. Emphasis is on the application of these theories to an increasingly diverse workforce.

PSY 580 Industrial/Organizational Psychology Capstone
This course fulfills the final requirement of the graduate program. Students must engage in either an applied or research-oriented project in I/O psychology. The project may be a single project for the class, several team projects or individual projects. Students are expected to utilize the literature base from the coursework as well as seek out new information as needed. Students will study cases of problems in organizations and develop solutions based on science.

PSY 590-593 Internship/Experiential Component
Supervised fieldwork in an industrial/organizational work setting. Three alternatives are available to students: 1) internship in a new organization, 2) intern project in a current work setting, and 3) intern project with work brought to Elmhurst by I/O faculty. Topics and sites are to be developed with I/O faculty and submitted to the Department of Psychology for final approval. Upon completion of this component, students will submit a manuscript that conforms to department criteria for experiential component papers. Students must complete all four courses.

PSY 599 Thesis (Optional)
An independent research project conducted under the guidance of an I/O faculty member, with the approval of the departmental committee, and conforming to departmental criteria for thesis.

Elmhurst College reserves the right to modify courses, schedules and program format without advance notice to students.

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