PSY 240 Syllabus

Fall 2008 

Psychology of Organizational Behavior
Independent Study


Meeting Times: 5:45 - 8:35 PM

Meeting Dates: Aug. 20 - Dec. 13, 2008

Where: E Building E209

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology


Elizabeth O’Dell

Text: 419.388.5542


Course Description:

This course is designed to introduce the students to the psychological and social influences in the work world. Emphasis is on communication, motivation, beliefs, values, attitude, structure, and changes as these influence the behavior of management and employees. A special emphasis will be placed on small group dynamics.


Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology (5th Edition)
by Ronald E. Riggio

This inviting, comprehensive introduction to the field of I/O Psychology emphasizes connections between theory and practice across the full spectrum of personnel issues, worker issues, work group and organizational issues, and work environment issues.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Use and recognize important concepts, principles, and theories in the field of organizational psychology.
  2. Discuss the basic elements of individual behavior within organizations.
  3. Understand the impact of personal values, beliefs and attitudes on human relations in an organized context.
  4. Explain the dynamics of the work force.
  5. Apply course knowledge and understanding through active participation in a small group process and by completing an analysis of the process.


Academic Honesty:

Plagiarism of any type will not be tolerated; for further information, see the College Catalog section of the Northwest State website,

Post Secondary Educational Opportunity (PSEO) information:

* We do not provide extraordinary protection for the student who is a minor.

* We do not filter or monitor the computers on our campus.

* Class subject matter may contain provocative content.

* FERPA rights belong to the student.


Assignments, Grades, and Schedule of Activities: Check our class website often. You will be expected to keep up with assignments weekly. Due dates for assignments are on Saturdays. No late work is accepted. You will always have at least a one-week notice for assignments and tests. 


You will be able to see your updated grade report each week. Reports will protect the privacy of each student.