Program Overview

Industrial-organizational psychology is concerned with the study of workplace behavior. People who possess this degree typically work in areas such as human resources, employee training, marketing and sales, and organizational development. This field of study involves the application of psychological principles to workplace issues to include: selecting employees best suited for particular jobs, developing and training employees, and improving worker productivity.

Program Highlights

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Industrial-Organizational Psychology Concentration Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minimum of 120 semester hours of study. Students in this program must complete 54 units of core General Education courses, 42 units within their chosen major, and 24 units of courses from an academic concentration. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 units of study at JFKU Online powered by FlexCourse℠. The Below listed curriculum covers the 24 semester units from the academic concentration.

Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Units
LDR 364 Organizational Behavior
3
Workplaces vary substantially, not only in their products and services, but also in organizational behavior. This course addresses the sources of difference, such as communication, decision-making, culture, structure, and focuses on ways managers can influence individual and group behavior to create effective organizations.
LDR 471 Conflict Management
3
This course will focus on techniques and skills to manage conflict using appropriate strategies, tactics, and goal setting. Emphasis is placed on building long-term positive relationships in professional settings, theoretical and practical aspects of authority, face-saving, conflict assessment, communication, and problem solving.
LDR 481 Principles and Practices of Leadership
3
This course explores the history, meaning, theory and styles of leadership. From dyadic, group, and organizational perspectives, students examine the type of leadership required to create and maintain high levels of performance in organizations. Students learn how leaders evolve and also discover their own philosophy of leadership and how to apply it effectively.
LDR 499 Capstone Experience
3
The capstone project provides a culminating experience for students to identify and study a current managerial problem or issue applicable to an organizational or business setting. Students design, research, and present their project in a manner that demonstrates mastery and integration of the knowledge and skills expected of an organizational leader, manager, or professional.
Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Units
MGT 303 Management Theories and Practices
3
This course examines management principles and practices that apply to informal and formal organizations. Systems models and emerging management paradigms are emphasized for use in identifying, analyzing and resolving problems in organizations. Methods of style, planning, and motivation are studied to prepare the student for use in organizational settings. Managing a multicultural organization, changing environments, and the international market place are also explored.
MGT 304 Organizational and Business Communication
3
This course is an exploration of the critical role of communication in creating and maintaining a productive organization. Students develop formal written and oral communication skills and by learning about effective interpersonal and group communication in business.
MGT 313 Business Law and Ethics
3
This course provides an overview of the legal terminology, sources, and principles that apply to resolving typical business problems. The course provides students with an understanding of legal topics, such as organizational structures, contracts and other legal documents, property, tort law and liability, civil rights, and criminal law. The interrelationships between legal and ethical responsibilities are stressed. Special emphasis is placed on preventative law and alternate methods of dispute resolution available to individuals and businesses.
MGT 410 Human Resource Management
3
This course surveys principles and practices of human resource management. It provides an opportunity to review and assess an organization’s personnel structure, policies and procedures. Special attention is given to the legal, ethical, and practical implications of planning, recruitment, selection and hiring; training and development; performance evaluation; discipline and termination; compensation and benefits; safety and health protection; employer-employee relations; and diversity and equal employment opportunity.
Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Units
MGT 303 Management Theories and Practices
3
This course examines management principles and practices that apply to informal and formal organizations. Systems models and emerging management paradigms are emphasized for use in identifying, analyzing and resolving problems in organizations. Methods of style, planning, and motivation are studied to prepare the student for use in organizational settings. Managing a multicultural organization, changing environments, and the international market place are also explored.
MGT 304 Organizational and Business Communication
3
This course is an exploration of the critical role of communication in creating and maintaining a productive organization. Students develop formal written and oral communication skills and by learning about effective interpersonal and group communication in business.
MGT 313 Business Law and Ethics
3
This course provides an overview of the legal terminology, sources, and principles that apply to resolving typical business problems. The course provides students with an understanding of legal topics, such as organizational structures, contracts and other legal documents, property, tort law and liability, civil rights, and criminal law. The interrelationships between legal and ethical responsibilities are stressed. Special emphasis is placed on preventative law and alternate methods of dispute resolution available to individuals and businesses.
MGT 410 Human Resource Management
3
This course surveys principles and practices of human resource management. It provides an opportunity to review and assess an organization’s personnel structure, policies and procedures. Special attention is given to the legal, ethical, and practical implications of planning, recruitment, selection and hiring; training and development; performance evaluation; discipline and termination; compensation and benefits; safety and health protection; employer-employee relations; and diversity and equal employment opportunity.

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