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Industrial and Organizational Psychology or I/O is a varied field of study filled with many career opportunities. The importance of this field has never been more prevalent than in the last decade. The use of I/O methods has been proven to increase productivity, profits and general workplace satisfaction by startling percentages. Most large and successful companies have implemented some or all of these methods into their workplace environment within the last several years.
I/O Psychologists may work within organizations, act as consultants to various organizations, or they may move into the area of academic research. The topics of this course primarily concern themselves with careers within organizations or as acting consultants. While there are numerous sub-fields within I/O, for the purposes of this course we will be focusing on the tools and methods that are common to all specialties. In the lessons contained herein you will learn about how to properly prepare for a career in I/O and what some possible specializations in the field are; additionally, we will cover some of the most important aspects of this profession including the use of various techniques and tools to help companies best utilize and motivate their most valuable resources--their employees.

Whether you choose to later enter into Training and Development, Employee Motivation or Diversity Coaching this course will teach you what you need to know in order to make the leap towards the growing field of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

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Lesson 1. Preparation for a Career in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

In this lesson we will talk about preparation for a career in industrial and organizational psychology and the possible career paths you have at your disposal once you have established that you have, or intend on obtaining, the required credentials. 10 Total Points
  • Take Poll: Poll
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2. Specializations in Organizational Psychology

In this lesson we will be covering the most popular specializations within the field of I/O and what each entails. 12 Total Points
  • Review Article: What Are the Functions of Industrial Organizational Psychology?
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3. Motivation and Leadership

This lesson will focus on Motivational and Leadership concepts. If I/O psychology is your goal, then you should have a solid understanding of these theories. 12 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Action Centred Leadership; Tips for Leading Change
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4. Employee Selection

This lesson will focus on the methods of finding and keeping the right employees for a company. The I/O psychologists, by the very nature of their training and education, are perfectly suited for helping companies hire employees that will reap long term b 11 Total Points
  • Review Article: Employee Selection Tools
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5. Training and Development

Training and development is a very wide area within the field of I/O psychology as continually improving the skills of the company's work force is essential for staying updated in the fast moving business world. This lesson will focus on the coaching, tra 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Industrial/Organizational Psychology Articles
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6. Organization Development and Guided Change

Organization Development (OD) has been used for years to help organizations solve problems and reach goals. In this lesson we will discuss the most prevalent applications of OD and why they are important to business success. 12 Total Points
  • Review Video: Gleicher's Formula for Change
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7. Organizational Behavior

Organization behavior is an important aspect of I/O psychology; this area is quite large and provides insights that will lead to positive change within an organization. 12 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Models of Organizational Behavior; Behavioral Organizational Theories
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8. Work, Stress, and Family Issues

The benefits of incorporating stress eliminating programs and culture into any organization far outweighs any costs that may be incurred. This is still a growing area it is a great direction for I/O psychologists to aim their career objectives. This lesso 11 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Job Stress; Family-Friendly Workplace Practices
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9. Job Analysis

Many I/O psychologists choose to set their efforts in the area of job analysis because of its diversity and connection with other areas of the field such as leadership identification and executive development. In this lesson we will be discussing in great 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Job Analysis Tools; Job Analysis Methods
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10. The Use of Psychometric Testing

Psychometric tests including personality, interest, and ability tests can help to find suitable candidates for a position. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Psychometric Testing; Practice Psychometric Testing and Aptitude Tests
  • Take Poll: Course Conclusion Poll
  • Take Survey: Survey: Course Comments
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam
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Course Title: Organizational Psychology 101
Course Number: 33430
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: College Level
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dr. Dennis Mithaug
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe preparations for a career in industrial and organizational psychology.
  • Describe specializations in organizational psychology.
  • Know motivation and leadership.
  • Know techniques for employee selection.
  • Describe procedures for training and development.
  • Define organization development and guided change.
  • Know organizational behavior.
  • Describe work, stress and family issues.
  • Know conducting job analysis.
  • Describe the use of psychometric testing, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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