Coursework

Students must complete at least 30 hours of coursework including 3 hours of research credit. Students are expected to maintain a B average or above in all coursework. All coursework except the thesis is usually completed in four semesters covering a 2-yr. period. Over this time, the curriculum is structured to progress from surveys of broad I/O concepts, to in-depth study of important issues, to opportunities for skill application.

This occurs for both the scientist and practitioner training goals. Hands-on research opportunities begin with first-semester involvement in faculty research projects, continue throughout, and culminate with conducting a thesis. Hands-on practitioner opportunities occur during an optional internship in the summer between the first and second years, a semester-long practicum elective, and/or a required application-based seminar in the final semester.

Fall Semester, Year 1

Psy 570, Industrial Psychology (3 cr.)
Survey of psychological principles and research methods applied to various workplace phenomena. This course focuses primarily on “personnel issues” such as recruitment, selection, performance appraisal, and related human resource functions.

Psy 590, Training and Compensation (3 cr.)
P: 3 credit hours of psychology. The training module reviews psychological principles and techniques for assessing organizational training needs, developing training programs, and evaluating their effectiveness; this module also examines the application of learning research and theory to training and employee development. In the compensation module, the major focus is on examining literature concerning how organizations determine job worth and provide financial rewards to individuals to achieve organizational objectives

Psy 600, Statistical Inference (3 cr.)
P: Pursuit of a degree in the psychology graduate program or consent of instructor. This course is designed as an introduction to statistical methods for psychology graduate students. It is an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics, examining common univariate tests, including both parametric tests and nonparametric tests.

Spring Semester, Year 1

Psy 572, Organizational Psychology (3 cr.).
A broad survey of theory and research on behavior and cognition in organizational settings at several levels of analysis (individual, group, and organizational). Topics covered include: human cognition, individual differences, work motivation, job-related attitudes, job withdrawal (absenteeism and turnover), counter-productive behaviors, work group composition, team dynamics and effectiveness, leadership, decision-making in organizations, as well as organizational change, development, and effectiveness.

Psy 601, Correlation and Experimental Design (3 cr.).
P: 600. Continuation of 600 with emphasis on the design, analysis, and interpretation of multivariate research. Topics covered include: factorial analysis of variance, multivariate analysis of variance, correlation, bivariate regression, multiple regression, logistic regression, path analysis, factor analysis (exploratory and confirmatory), structural equation modeling, and log-linear analysis.

Psy 681, Seminar in Research Methodologies of Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 cr.).
P: 570, 572, 601, or consent of instructor. (Formerly numbered 680). Intensive analysis of application of various research and statistical methods to the study of human behavior in organizational settings.

Summer, Year 1

Internship: A paid internship with a local business, if desired and available, is arranged in order to gain practical experience in applying I/O knowledge.

Fall Semester, Year 2

Psy 608, Measurement Theory and the Interpretation of Data (3 cr.).
P: 600 and B307, or equivalent. The theory of measurement and the development of reliability and the Spearman-Brown equations, true scores and variables, and correction for attenuation. Variance or covariance of combinations of variables. Item analysis and test construction strategies. Reliability and validity of measurements and the influence of measurement error and measurement threats to research design.

Psy 680, Seminar in Selection & Performance Appraisal (3 cr.)
P: 570, 572, and 601. This seminar extensively surveys selection and performance appraisal. The methodologies underlying decision-­making in these two areas are presented within the context of a unified personnel system and evaluated using three perspectives -- validity, legality, and utility. Psy 680 attempts to bridge the gap between the introductory lectures of Psy 570 and the application exercises to be undertaken in Psy 682.

Psy 698, Thesis (1-3 cr.) Timeline

Spring Semester, Year 2

Psy 682, Applications in Personnel Psychology (3 cr.).
P: 570, 572, or equivalent. This course provides students with practical experience in personnel psychology. Students are responsible for executing several applied projects in different topical areas, and also for training others to complete such projects. Applied experiences range from computerized cases to experiential exercises to training presentations. Psy 682 is intended to serve as the capstone applied skills training for the I/O M.S Program.

(Optional) Psy 684, Practicum in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 cr)
P: 570, 572, and consent of instructor. This practicum gives students the opportunity to spend eight hours per week within local business organizations in order to gain experience and skills in industrial/organizational psychology. On-campus classes focus on ethics, discussions of issues encountered in the field, and student presentations. Practicums

Psy 698, Thesis (1-3 cr.) Timeline