Industrial and Organizational Psychology (M.A.) - Graduate - 2015 University Catalog

All applicants must meet the admission requirements for graduate study at Montclair State University. In addition, applicants must meet the following departmental requirements
  • 12 undergraduate credits in Psychology including a course in statistics and a laboratory course in experimental Psychology
  • Approval by the departmental committee

INDUSTRIAL & ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Complete the following 5 requirement(s):

  1. REQUIRED COURSES

    Complete 3 courses for 9 semester hours:

    PSYC 510 Research Methods in Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 550 Quantitative and Statistical Methods (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 578 Psychological Tests and Measurements (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. SPECIALIZATION

    Complete 4 courses for 12 semester hours:

    PSYC 559 Personnel Selection: Issues and Procedures (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 566 Interventions for Effective Organizations (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 584 Performance Management (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 585 Work Attitudes and Motivation: Theory and Application (3 hours lecture) 3
  3. SPECIALIZATION ELECTIVE

    Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours from the following:

    PSYC 569 Group Theory and Development in Organizations (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 570 Leadership: Theory and Development (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 658 Seminar in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 hours seminar) 3
  4. ELECTIVES

    Complete 2 courses for 6 semester hours from the following list.

    CMST 545 Issue Management (3 hours lecture) 3
    CMST 547 Seminar in Organizational Communication (3 hours seminar) 3
    CMST 555 Survey of Public and Organizational Relations (3 hours lecture) 3
    CMST 580 Globalization and Contemporary Communication (3 hours lecture) 3
    COUN 558 Consultation in Organizational Development (3 hours lecture) 3
    COUN 559 Dynamics of Group Process 1-3
    COUN 568 Theories of Consultation (3 hours lecture) 3
    LAWS 556 Dispute Resolution in the Workplace (3 hours lecture) 3
    LAWS 558 Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution (3 hours lecture) 3
    LAWS 579 Private Sector Compliance With Public Regulations (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 552 General Social Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 563 Theories of Learning (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 568 Psychology of Group Dynamics (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 582 Behavior Modification (3 hours lecture) 3
    SOCI 560 Sociological Theory (3 hours lecture) 3
  5. CULMINATING EXPERIENCE

    Complete 1 of the following options:

    1. THESIS OPTION

      1. Complete .

        PSYC 698 Master's Thesis 4
      2. Submit the completed Thesis original and one copy to the Graduate Office. See Thesis Guidelines for details.

    2. INTERNSHIP OPTION

      Complete for 6 semester hours.

      PSYC 611 Internship in Applied Psychology 3

Course Descriptions:

CMST545: Issue Management (3 hours lecture)

Issue Management deals with issues such as problem solving, crisis communication and the process of shaping public opinion. Areas such as lobbying, political public relations, persuasion, dialogue, apologia, and rhetorical approaches to public influence are dealt with as means of managing organization-public relationships. Previous course SPCM 545 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

CMST547: Seminar in Organizational Communication (3 hours seminar)

This course focuses on special topics in organizational communication relating to leadership strategies and tools for assessment of organizational culture. Leadership is viewed in behavioral and interactionist terms rather than as a position within an organizational hierarchy. Systems of organizational culture are viewed as patterned behaviors with consequences for organizational effectiveness. Tools are offered for observation and intervention in organizational development efforts focused on team building and leadership. Previous course SPCM 547 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

CMST555: Survey of Public and Organizational Relations (3 hours lecture)

This course overviews the related disciplines of organizational communication and public relations, with an integrative approach to understanding organizations' internal and external communication processes. Topics include: comparative structural conceptions of organizations; key organizational processes (e.g., leadership, change management, technology/media use, cultural diversity, and assimilation); organizational identity; informative and persuasive public campaigns; dialogic public partnerships; and issue/crisis management. Previous course SPCM 555 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

CMST580: Globalization and Contemporary Communication (3 hours lecture)

This capstone course in the Public and Organizational Relations curriculum integrates programmatic topics within discussions of globalization's processes and consequences. Considering themes pertaining to new technologies/media, inter- and multi-culturalism, organizational identity, and organizational culture, the course examines theoretical, ethical, and practical dimensions of contemporary cases. Guest lecturers from various academic and professional backgrounds provide opportunities for students to interact with experienced practitioners and to explore pertinent communication problems of globalization. Previous course SPCM 580 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: 21 credit hours completed in the Public and Organizational Relations Master of Arts Curriculum.

COUN558: Consultation in Organizational Development (3 hours lecture)

This course is a laboratory based course focusing on the role of the organizational consultant. Emphasis is placed on planning, providing help and evaluating activities. Students develop diagnostic and behavioral skills to aid individuals and groups within organizations. This course is designed for those considering consultation work in schools, business, industry, government, penology, educational institutions, and community organizations. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: COUN 559 or COUN 584.

COUN559: Dynamics of Group Process

A laboratory-based course for the development of group skills and understandings. Focus is on experimental learning and personal growth. Readings in human interaction theory will be related to actual group participation. 1 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculated in Educational Leadership (ELAD).

COUN568: Theories of Consultation (3 hours lecture)

Students survey literature on theories, research, and skills of effective consultation as these relate to the profession of counseling. Students also discuss cultural issues, values conflict, leadership, and social reconstruction as parts of consultation. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: COUN 552, COUN 558.

LAWS556: Dispute Resolution in the Workplace (3 hours lecture)

Critical study of procedural and substantive legal principles of dispute resolution in the workplace. Exploration of procedures such as negotiation, mediation, arbitration, fact finding, and grievance resolution through collective bargaining which is the core of dispute resolution in both private and public sector employment. LAWS 551 is recommended as a prerequisite. 3 sh.

LAWS558: Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution (3 hours lecture)

Intensive study and application of theories and techniques of cross-cultural conflict resolution. Examination of issues of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and sexual preference within the context of dominant Western Culture. LAWS 552 is recommended as a prerequisite. 3 sh.

LAWS579: Private Sector Compliance With Public Regulations (3 hours lecture)

In-depth study of federal and state requirements of compliance with public regulations in the areas of labor, employment, employee benefits, affirmative action, equal pay, and other federal and state mandated policies. Exploration of the interplay of various statutory and common law requirements governing private organizations which function in the United States. 3 sh.

PSYC510: Research Methods in Psychology (3 hours lecture)

This course provides the essentials needed to read, understand and critically evaluate research reports. Students will also learn how to carry out the entire research process, starting with identifying the research problem and ending with a thesis or research report. Factorial analysis of variance and the major multiple correlational designs are explained. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate laboratory course in experimental psychology.

PSYC550: Quantitative and Statistical Methods (3 hours lecture)

This course presents the theory and use of simple and factorial anova, regression, and covariance to analyze representative psychological data. The use of computer packages for analysis is included. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For Psychology (PSYC and PYBM), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/AdolescClinicalPsyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), Industrial Organizational Psychology (IOPS), or School Psychologist (SPSY) majors only.

PSYC552: General Social Psychology (3 hours lecture)

This course surveys and analyzes the theoretical and empirical literature of modern social psychology. Among topics dealt with are the social psychology of the psychology experiment, attitude development and change, group processes and conflict, role theory, ecological psychology, socialization, organizations and work places, and a number of other themes and issues focused on the individual's relationship to the larger social structure. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate work in psychology or sociology.

PSYC559: Personnel Selection: Issues and Procedures (3 hours lecture)

This course will address organizational selection processes and Equality in Employment in organizations. Students will learn about testing and job analysis and how they are important in the selection process and will cover how employees are recruited and selected and how these processes relate to organizational success. The course will take an in depth look at anti-discrimination legislation and its influence in organizational functioning. Students will learn about measurement and assessment of organizational applicants and employees and how this assessment must be conducted in order to be fair and successful. Students will present research on various topics in the field and will be responsible for teaching their classmates about different topics in the area of EEO Law and Selection. Students will be responsible for gaining entrance into an organization and collecting the information necessary to develop a selection system for that organization. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in Psychology Degree Program (IOPS) only.

PSYC563: Theories of Learning (3 hours lecture)

The aim of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of modern learning theory, its historical context, theoretical ideas, research, and applications. To this end, the theoretical ideas of the major schools of learning--behaviorism, gestalt, cognitivism, and information-processing--are reviewed. 3 sh.

PSYC566: Interventions for Effective Organizations (3 hours lecture)

Interventions based on psychological principles that are used to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness will be examined. Common interventions that are covered in the course include: training and development programs, executive coaching, leader and leadership development, talent management, organizational design, and innovation processes among others. Knowledge and skills important to developing these interventions, as well as skills to be able to facilitate these in applied settings, will be developed. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in Psychology Degree Program (IOPS) programs only and complete 12 graduate credits.

PSYC568: Psychology of Group Dynamics (3 hours lecture)

This course presents theories of group dynamics and illustrative application to understand personal, marital, political, industrial and professional life. Personal participation by the student in a group interactive process is required. The course is designed especially to help group leaders understand the complex underlying dynamic forces that influence our behavior in groups. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Open to all graduate Psychology majors only.

PSYC569: Group Theory and Development in Organizations (3 hours lecture)

This course integrates theory and research on work groups with more practical applications of development and asssessment of these groups. Graduate students will learn about factors that can facilitate and inhibit the development and effectiveness of successful work groups. Students will learn various models of group development and team process, as well as different ways of assessing team effectiveness. Diversity, as it relates to course contents, will be discussed. Students will be engaged in team projects throughout the semester to learn how working in groups and teams differs from working alone and working in a more traditionally hierarchial fashion. 3 sh.

PSYC570: Leadership: Theory and Development (3 hours lecture)

This course integrates theories, research, and practice in leadership and leadership development. graduate students will learn historical and contemporary psychological theories of leadership and will learn how their own (and others) personal views about leadership influence what they perceive as leadership. Students will learn how to develop leaders and leadership in organizations as suggested by various theories. Diversity as it relates to course content will be discussed. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in Psychology Degree Program (IOPS) only and complete 12 graduate credits.

PSYC578: Psychological Tests and Measurements (3 hours lecture)

This course surveys the theory, construction and application of psychological tests. Topics include the statistical concepts underlying measurement; reliability and validity; critical analyses of selected intelligence, ability and personality tests; evaluation and interpretation of test data in practical situations; and the role of testing in clinical, educational and remedial settings. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For Psychology (PSYC and PYBM), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/AdolescClinicalPsyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), Industrial Organizational Psychology (IOPS), or School Psychologist (SPSY) majors only.

PSYC582: Behavior Modification (3 hours lecture)

This course reviews applications of conditioning principles to changing human behavior in clinical, educational, occupational and community settings. Selected topics include operant and classical conditioning, social learning theory, token economies, experimental design, cognitive behavior modification, aversive control, cognitive restructuring, biofeedback, and ethical issues in behavior modification. The course is designed to enable students to construct and implement behavior modification programs. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/Adolesc Clinical Psyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/Conc:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), and School Psychologist (SPSY), Psychology Degree Program (IOPS), Psychology (PSYC & PYBM) programs only.

PSYC584: Performance Management (3 hours lecture)

This course will address how we motivate and manage individual and group performance in organizations through performance management systems. Students will learn about how performance is managed, methods of collecting performance feedback, using performance management for evaluation and development purposes, and biases and consistency issues in performance appraisals. This course will also cover criterion measurement and development, the use of motivational theory in performance management, sources of performance feedback, and communicating performance feedback. Students will present research on various topics in the field and will be responsible for teaching their classmates about different topics in the area of performance management. Students will be responsible for gaining entrance into an organization and collecting the information necessary to develop a performance management system for that organization. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For Industrial Organizational Psychology (IOPS) majors only.

PSYC585: Work Attitudes and Motivation: Theory and Application (3 hours lecture)

This course integrates theory on work attitudes and motiviation with more practical applications of developing strategies to help today's diverse population of employees become satisfied and motivated in their work setting. Graduate students will learn historical and contemporary theories on the following topics of job satisfaction, stress, and motivation. They will learn about the assessment of these constructs. And they will learn strategies for improving satisfaction and motivation such as goal setting, job design, incentive systems, and participation in decision making. 3 sh.

PSYC611: Internship in Applied Psychology

This course serves as a capstone experience where students work in an applied setting and receive close and ongoing supervision by both a faculty member and a practitioner with a graduate I/O (or related) degree working in industry. Students are expected to review theory and research relevant to the field of I/O, develop individual project proposals for the investigation of a problem in their applied setting, implement their proposals after approval by their faculty member, and report their completed work in both a written and an oral report for the M.A. degree. Must be taken twice in consecutive semesters for a total of 6.0 credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For Industrial Organizational Psychology (IOPS) majors only.

PSYC658: Seminar in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 hours seminar)

This course covers the most recent advances, issues and problems in Industrial and Organizational Psychology through relevant professional journals, technical literature, legislation and judicial decisions, advanced research techniques, and consulting practice in order to prepare students for continued education or applied practice of their field. Students critique professional journals and review the development of topics in their field. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For Industrial Organizational Psychology (IOPS) majors only.

PSYC698: Master's Thesis

Independent research project done under faculty advisement. Students must follow the MSU Thesis Guidelines, which may be obtained from the Graduate School. Students should take PSYC 699 if they don't complete PSYC 698 within the semester. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

SOCI560: Sociological Theory (3 hours lecture)

The practical and philosophical methods of the major sociological theorists are investigated and evaluated. 3 sh.