Organisations and Work

Unit code: APP3018 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
APP2013 - Psychology 2A
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of organisational psychology. It provides an overview of individual, group and organisational processes within a work context. At the individual level topics include motivation, job satisfaction and stress. This unit examines group processes such as leadership, power and politics. At an organisational level topics include organisational culture and change. This unit also introduces students to personnel issues such as the processes involved in employee selection, training and development.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Appraise major theories in the organisational psychology field;
  2. Critically reflect upon experiential exercises designed to enhance understanding of theoretical constructs;
  3. Critique key organisational psychology concepts and interrogate the link between theory and practice in a work setting; and
  4. Recommend and advocate solutions to contemporary organisational problems applying psychological research.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 20%
Report plan and interview schedule (800 words)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 60%
Report explores the link between theory and practice in organisational psychology (2,000 words submitted in 2 parts)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Final Test (1.5hour)

Required reading

Introduction to industrial/organizational psychology
Riggio, R.E., & Johnson, S.K. (2022).| Routledge.

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