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INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
FALL 2005
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS
MEETING TIME: THURSDAY 7:00 – 9:45PM
GR4.301

PROFESSOR: Salena Brody, Ph.D. EMAIL: salena.brody@utdallas.edu

OFFICE HOURS : By appointment, please contact via email

REQUIRED READINGS :

(1) Title: The Organizational Behavior Reader, 7th ed.


Authors: Osland, J.S., Kolb, D.A., & Rubin, I.M.
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN: 0-13-026554-3
(2) WebCT online readings [Downloadable at webct.utdallas.edu]

Course objectives:

This course explores topics in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a particular emphasis on social
psychological theory and research. The course texts include modern narratives about work as well as
pieces that highlight Psychology’s contribution to the study of work. Lectures will go beyond the texts
and address “real-life” issues in the workplace.

Evaluation criteria:

Weekly reflection papers 25%


Exam 1 20%
“You’re the consultant” project* 20%
Group presentation 15%
Exam 2 20%

*The alternative Service-Learning Reflection Assignment is also worth 20%

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Partic ipation in this class will enrich your educational experience. This class involves group work, participating
in interactive exercises, in-class thought papers, making presentations, being an active listener, and contributing
to class discussions. Reading the required text is essential to your participation score. At times, the content of
in-class writing assignments will be evaluated as well as your ability to discuss any of the assigned readings.
During classroom discussion, a positive attitude is expected and disrespect directed at any classmate will not be
tolerated.

The “You’re the Consultant!” Project requires you to apply your knowledge of I/O psychology to real
workplace issues. A separate handout will be provided with details about expectations, due dates and grading
criteria. Alternatively, students may opt to participate in service-learning in a non-profit social service
organization. In lieu of the “You’re the Consultant!” project, students who opt for the service- learning option
will provide weekly service at one agency for a minimum of 21 hours (3 hours per week over the course of 7
weeks). A separate handout with grading criteria and due date (project is due after completion of service) will
be provided for the Service-Learning Reflection assignment that will include an analysis of the organizational
dynamics at the agency. You must decide whether you would like to participate in service-learning by
Thursday, 9/1. A service- learning contract must be signed by student, instructor, and age ncy supervisor and
kept on file with the instructor. A timesheet documenting the 21 hours of service must also be turned in with
the Reflection assignment (must be signed by supervisor each visit).

Exam 1 and Exam 2 will include short answer and essay questions. Exam 2 will not be cumulative (i.e. it will
only cover the second half of the course).

The purpose of the group project and presentation is to delve more deeply into an area of I/O Psychology that is
not covered in class. Your group will be required to prepare a professional presentation and curriculum module.
A separate handout will be provided with details about expectations, due dates and grading criteria.

Extra credit can be earned in this class by sending the professor links relevant to the week’s course content.
Using WebCT mail, send the link to the article and a paragraph explaining the article’s relevancy to the course
content NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY BEFORE THE TOPIC IS COVERED, 5pm. For example, an
article related to gender issues and leadership must be sent via WebCT mail no later than Wednesday,
September 7th , 5pm.

Policy on missing tests and late papers: There will be NO alternative test times. If you miss a test due to an
excused absence, an alternative evaluation procedur e will be established. This will require proper
documentation and must be negotiated with the professor. If proper documentation is not provided regarding
the missed class, a grade of zero will be assigned.

“My printer broke at the last minute” is never a valid excuse for why a paper is late. PLAN AHEAD and have
your assignment done early enough so you have time to handle technical problems.

The highest grade possible for late papers/projects turned the next DAY will be a C. Assignments turned in
after this point will be deducted an additional letter grade for each late day. In extenuating circumstances, such
as a death in the family or a traumatic life event, extensions will be granted, but ONLY if arranged in advance.

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Policy on tardiness: Coming to class on time is expected and required. Coming to class late distracts other
students from learning and is a sign of disrespect to your professor and your peers. Arriving late sends a signal
that YOUR time is more valuable than others’ time. Assignments are always due at the BEGINNING of class,
so showing up late on project due dates will also mean that your assignment is late and points will be deducted.

Policy on cell phones and text messaging: Class time is for learning. Barring an emergency, using cell
phones for any reason (talking or text messaging) during class time is inappropriate. Cell phones should be
turned off or turned to silent mode during class. If a student uses a cell phone during class, the professor may
ask the student to turn over the phone for the remainder or class time or leave.

Policy on academic honesty: No form of academic dishonesty will be tolerated. This includes cheating on
exams, plagiarizing scholarly works, and copying text from internet sources without proper documentation of
the author. The consequences of academic dishonestly can be severe, ranging from failing the class to being on
academic probation. NO EXCUSES! Methods of properly documenting sources will be covered in class. If
you are unclear about the line between paraphrasing other’s work and plagiarism, please see the professor for
clarification. Please see official policy and examples of plagiarism at:
http://www.utdallas.edu/student/slife/scholastic.html

ADA Statement: It is the policy of the University of Texas at Dallas to provide reasonable accommodations
for qualified individuals who are students with disabilities. This College will adhere to all applicable Federal,
State and local laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as
required to afford equal educational opportunity. It is the student's responsibility to contact Disability Services
in a timely manner to arrange for appropriate accommodations
(http://www.utdallas.edu/student/slife/hcsvc.html).

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PROPOSED SCHEDULE AND READINGS

WEEK TOPIC READINGS ASSIGNMENTS

Week 1 Introduction to the course Reader: Ch.1 *Write reflection paper over Week1
8/18 The Psychological Contract readings
*If considering service-learning,
contact agencies
*Log in to WebCT webct.utdallas.edu

Week 2 Managing Diversity, Part I Reader: Ch.12 DUE: Week1 reflection paper
8/25 *Write reflection paper over Week 2
readings

Week 3 Managing Diversity, Part II Reader: Ch. 8 DUE: Week2 reflection paper
9/1 *Write reflection paper over Week 3
readings
DEADLINE FOR CHOOSING
SERVICE-LEARNING 9/1

Week 4 Leadership Reader: Ch.13 DUE: Week3 reflection paper


9/8 Gender Issues in Leadership *Write reflection paper over Week 4
readings

Week 5 Work-Family Balance WEBCT: WEEK5 DUE: Week4 reflection paper


9/15 *Write reflection paper over Week5
readings

STUDY FOR EXAM1

Week 6
9/22 9/22
EXAM 1
Week 7 Communication at Work Reader: Ch. 7 DUE: Week5 reflection paper
9/29 *Write reflection paper over Week7
readings

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Week 8 The Psychology of Marketing WEBCT: WEEK8 DUE: Week7 reflection paper
10/6 *Write reflection paper over Week8
readings

Week 9 Stress and Work Reader: Ch. 6 DUE: Week8 reflection paper
10/13 *Write reflection paper over Week9
readings

Week 10 Individual and Organizational Reader: Ch. 4 DUE: Week9 reflection paper
10/20 Motivation *Write reflection paper over Week10
-Selection, Training, and Burnout
readings

Week 11 Power, Influence, and Social Roles Reader: Ch. 16 DUE: Week10 reflection paper
10/27 --Total situations
*Write reflection paper over Week11
readings

Week 12 Intergroup Relations —Teams, Reader: Ch. 9 and DUE: Week11 reflection paper
11/3 Negotiation Ch. 11 *Write reflection paper over Week12
readings
Week 13 Performance Appraisal Reader: Ch. 18 DUE: Week12 reflection paper
11/10
*Write reflection paper over Week13
readings

Week 14 Presentations DUE: Week13 reflection paper


11/17 *Study for Exam2

Week 15
12/1 12/1
EXAM2