PSYCH 761 : Organisational Psychology


2021 Semester One (1213) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Focuses on attitudes and behaviours at work that reflect or impact on the relationship between employee and employer, with a particular emphasis on topics that are proposed to impact on employee well-being and productivity (e.g., job satisfaction, motivation, leadership). Students will be encouraged to adopt a scientist-practitioner perspective, through class discussions and assignments.

Course Overview

This course provides a postgraduate-level overview of research and theory in Organizational Psychology. The course will be a collaborative effort of all the participants, loosely orchestrated by the coordinator. Each of you will be expected to be extensively involved in discussion at each session, and bring to bear not only your understanding of that day’s readings, but also your readings from other classes and your accumulated life experiences. As such, we won’t really know what a particular day’s agenda is until that class is over. Our discussions may not be linear, but they are sure to be thought-provoking.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe and explain the topics in the world of Organisational Psychology (Capability 1)
  2. Obtain the knowledge and skills to think critically and conceptually about Organisational Psychology, engage in high-level critical debates in the field of Organisational Psychology, and appreciate different perspectives from cognate disciplines (Capability 2 and 4)
  3. Understand and apply theory, analyses, research, and creative skills to develop evidence-based strategies to solve problems faced by organisations (Capability 2, 3, 4 and 6)
  4. Organise scientific information via thorough investigative research, develop arguments rooted in scientific information, reason logically with reference to appropriate theory, concepts, and scientific evidence, and communicate effectively (Capability 2, 3 and 4)
  5. Work independently with self-discipline and collaboratively with professionalism and work ethic (Capability 5)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Discussions 18% Individual Coursework
Assignments 77% Individual Coursework
Presentation 5% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5

Special Requirements


Workload Expectations

As with all 15-point courses, you are expected to spend 150 hours studying for this course throughout the semester. This includes the 2-hour classroom time per week, totalling 24 hours for the 12 teaching weeks. As such, this leaves you a minimum of 126 hours across the semester for independent study, e.g., preparatory reading and self-study.

Delivery Mode


Attendance is expected at scheduled online activities.
The course will include live online events including group discussions and lectures and these will be recorded.
Where possible, study material will be released progressively throughout the course.
This course runs to the University semester timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Learning Resources

See the reading list on Canvas.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 29/01/2021 10:18 a.m.