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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Dr George Vandoorn


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)

Dr George Vandoorn

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