Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedBerwick First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Jacqui Howell


Previously coded PSS3717


This unit examines the application of psychological theory and methodology to the problems of organisations and the activities of groups and individuals within a wide range of organisational settings. The influence of groups on individual employees through organisational structure, communication patterns, and decision making processes will be considered. Other topics affecting individuals within the workplace include personnel recruitment, selection and training, job satisfaction, motivation, stress reduction, and balancing family and work life.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which psychological theory and methodology are applied within organisations.
  2. Explain the various ways in which individuals are affected by group processes within the workplace.
  3. Evaluate the influence of a variety of workplace factors on individual performance.
  4. Critically examine and report recent research within the field of organisational psychology.


Written work: 30%
Oral presentation/poster: 20%
2 hour Exam: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Jacqui Howell

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour laboratory) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Psychological studies


48 points of study in any discipline