AZA2460 - Industrial and organisational psychology - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

South Africa School of Social Science


Ms Catherine Rogers

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South Africa

  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


The unit covers some of the core concepts concerned with the behaviour of people in organisations, including topics such as approaches to organisations, work motivation, leadership, organisational change and development and organisational culture. It also explores certain core psychological concepts concerned with the dynamics between people and organisations including employee needs, employee attitudes and employee values. In addition, the use of vocational assessment inventories to determine career choice and selection is examined.


On completion of the unit, the students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the core concepts and terms adopted and investigated by industrial and organisational psychologists.
  2. Explain the legislative framework governing industrial relations in South Africa.
  3. Describe vocational assessment inventories.
  4. Discuss the purpose and limits of employment interviews.
  5. Appraise the practical application of industrial/organisation psychology principles in the workplace.


Within semester assessment: 50% + Exam: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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