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Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Industrial and Organizational



Aim of the Course:

Today, many of the engineering students after passing out are joining some kind of organization. Therefore,
they need to know how they will be successful as job applicants, trainees, employees, team players, and
managers. This course will help them in knowing about all these and applying psychological principles in
industries and organizations.
Course Contents:
Psychology as a science of Behaviour and Mental Processes: Nature, Scope and Subject Matter of Industrial
and Organizational Psychology; Time and Motion Study, Classical Hawthorne Studies.
Employer Selection: Recruitment Process; Selection Process - Job and Worker Analyses, Matching Job with
the Person; Selection Methods - Application Blank, Biographical Inventories, References and
Recommendation Letters, Interviews.
Psychological Testing: Characteristics of Psychological Tests; Types of Psychological Tests; Tests of
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities - Interest, Aptitude and Personality Tests; Limitations of Psychological
Testing Programmes.
Training and Learning: Need Identification; Psychological Factors in Learning; Training Methods in the
Workplace; Effective Training Programme; Career Planning and Development.
Motivation: Needs, Incentives and Motives; Financial and Non-financial Motives; Theories of Motivation;
Management of Motivation; Organizational Commitment and Job Satisfaction.
Leadership: Changing Views of Leadership; Theories of Leadership; Leadership Styles; Pole of Power in
Leadership; Charismatic and Effective Leaders.
Group Behaviour: Formal and Informal Organizations in Industry; Conflicts in Organization; Resolution of the
Conflicts; Decision Making Process.
Characteristics of the Workplace: Working Conditions - Physical and Psychological; Accident, Safety and
Health; Management of Stress; Spirituality at Work.
Organizational Communication: Process of Communications; Upward, Downward and Horizontal
Communications; Barriers to Communication; Effective Communication.
Texts and References:

Schultz, D. & Schultz, S. E., Psychology & Work Today: An Introduction to Industrial and Organizational
Psychology, 10 Ed., New Jersy: Prentice Hall, 2009.

Landy, F. J. & Conte, J. M., Work in the 21 Century: An Introduction to Industrial and Organizational
Psychology, 3 Ed., New York: Wiley- Blackwell, 2009.

Robins, S. P. & Judge, T. A., Organizational Behaviour, 14 Ed., New Jersey, Prentice Hall, 2010.
Pierce G.F, Spirituality at Work: 10 Ways to Balance Your Life on the Job, 1 Ed., Illinois, Loyola Press, 2005.