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Course Descriptions

Note: Not all courses are offered every semester, and new courses may be added at any time. Check the schedule of classes, for the latest offerings.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses (15 credit hours), 2 Required, Choose 3:

PSYC 670: Industrial/Organizational Psychology* (required)

This course covers a general survey of industrial psychology, including such topics as personnel selection and evaluation, job satisfaction, environmental factors, and current research on individual behavior in complex organizations. *Note that this course serves as a pre- or co-requisite for all M.P.S.:I/O Psychology courses.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology and/or consent of instructor.

PSYC 671: Seminar in Applied Social Psychology

Class sessions involve regular discussions and exchanges of information among students and the faculty member on topics of social psychology. Discussion topics include perception and attribution, attitudes, self-identity, interpersonal attraction, close relationships, social influence, persuasion, prosocial behavior, aggression, group behavior, job satisfaction and work, quality of life and mental health, and forensics. Particular focus is on how the content of these topics can be applied to real-world situations for increased individual and group well-being and productivity.

Prerequisite: Social Psychology and/or consent of the instructor.

PSYC 672: Introduction to Data Analytic Procedures in I/O Psychology* (required)

This course gives students the background and the basic understanding of statistical theory and techniques required in the field of industrial / organizational psychology. The course provides an overview of descriptive and inferential statistics, with emphasis on statistical techniques used in the practice of industrial / organizational psychology, including analysis of variance and multiple regression. Students are also introduced to the advanced topics of analysis of covariance, factor analysis, reliability analysis, discriminant analysis, and path analysis.

Prerequisite: Research Methods in Social Sciences with Statistics (or equivalent) and/or consent of the instructor.

PSYC 673: Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in I/O Psychology

This course addresses ethical issues involved in the practice or application of psychology in promoting employee and organizational physical and mental health and well-being. In addition, students will discuss legal issues, such as EEO, affirmative action, ADA as well as issues relating individuals of different ages and cultures, health status, organizations and local, national, and international communities; the legal system; and policy-making. Also highlighted are issues of ethnic and cultural sensitivity, and sexual harassment.

Prerequisite: Completion of PSYC 672 Introduction to Data Analytic Procedures in I/O Psychology course.

PSYC 674: Methods of Assessment in I/O Psychology

This course provides an I/O-oriented introduction to intellectual and personality assessment of individuals working in organizations. In addition, it gives an introduction/overview of basic measurement theory; essentials of test evaluation including reliability, validity and utility; methodology of test and survey construction, development, and analysis; and the utilization and interpretation of test scores.

Prerequisite: Completion of PSYC 672 Introduction to Data Analytic Procedures in I/O Psychology course.

PSYC 677: Professional Human Resources Practices

This course gives an overview of personnel selection from an I/O prospective in terms of theory, practice, and research. Topics include needs analysis, personnel selection and placement, interviewing (research and techniques), and performance appraisal, training and development. In addition, validity and utility of predictors of job performance will be addressed as will Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws and their implications in terms of personnel selection, retention, training, and management.

Prerequisite: Completion of PSYC 672 Introduction to Data Analytic Procedures in I/O Psychology course.

Elective Courses (12 credit hours), Choose 4:

PSYC 601: Total Rewards

The course provides and overview of contemporary organization’s total rewards programs. We will cover and discuss compensation, benefits and other reward and recognition programs in the context of an organization’s business strategy. We will review and discuss the roles and challenges of managing a total rewards program in today’s organizations.

PSYC 669: Organizational Behavior Management

The purpose of this class is to expose students to a behavior-analytic conceptualization of organizational behavior and the underlying research on applied interventions in a variety of organizational settings. The readings and class discussions will provide students with a strong foundation in organizational psychology from a behavioral orientation. Among the topics covered in the class are performance assessment, performance measurement, intervention techniques (for example: training, prompts. incentive systems, feedback, including 360-degree feedback, self-monitoring, goal setting, and leadership), follow-up, and maintenance of interventions. Students will also develop a research proposal for an OBM-type intervention in an applied setting.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

PSYC 676: Human Factors

This course provides background in the areas of Human Factors and Human-Computer Interaction as they relate to the design and use of information systems in the workplace. In addition, this course addresses the importance and interdisciplinary nature of information systems, computer science, psychology, and sociology as they relate to the design of usable systems. Quantitative and qualitative methods for analyzing usability will be discussed and conducted, including task analyses, usability tests, and expert reviews, as well as ongoing assessments of installed products by interviews and surveys. Students learn about the design lifecycle and guidelines that are involved in developing professional-level, high quality user interfaces. Students also learn to address the needs of disabled users in terms of accommodation and accessibility.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

PSYC 678: Group Decision Making

This course is designed to help the student develop an understanding of decision-making behavior and processes that occur in organizations. It will present students with an overall understanding of individual and group dynamics in organizations, and the processes that support group work and decision making from management and executive points of view.

PSYC 679: Survey Design and Development

This course provides an overview of surveys used for purposes such as needs analysis, market research, program evaluation, assessing employee attitudes or opinions and strategic planning. The course includes instruction and practical application on how to : translate client and stakeholder concerns into questions answerable through surveys; develop survey objectives; develop survey research questions; make decisions on survey design; develop survey questions; develop a sampling strategy; pilot test and evaluate a survey; identify and report the precision of survey-based estimates; analyze and interpret survey data; and report findings to clients and stakeholders.

PSYC 681: Human Performance Technology

This course introduces the student to the literature, tools, and techniques of performance technology. The performance technologist analyzes and solves human productivity and efficiency problems in the workplace. Students will examine major theories, models, methods and techniques of analyzing and solving individual and organizational performance problems that call for solutions and interventions that go beyond training. Students learn and apply performance analysis and improvement strategies such as feedback and incentive systems, professional development plans, and workplace and job design. This highly participatory seminar is a natural complement to graduate courses in instructional design and instructional technology.

Prerequisite: Completion of PSYC 672 Introduction to Data Analytic Procedures in I/O Psychology course.

PSYC 682: Change Management

This course is an integrated approach to large-scale change in organizations. Change is analyzed from three levels: top management, where leadership and vision are critical, middle management, where implementation is the focus, and lower levels where receptivity and upward influence are the emphases. Cases will provide opportunities to develop diagnostics skills and intervention plans, while experiential learning and a team project is used to develop a tool box of specific intervention technique and skills.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

PSYC 683: Advanced Statistics

This course is designed to provide knowledge base of higher-level statistics in research and practice. The course assumes that the learner has a solid knowledge base of the theory behind and SPSS application of basic inferential statistics. The procedures covered will provide the student with a portfolio of references and examples to guide them through future analytic questions in the applied setting.

Prerequisite: Completion of PSYC 672 Introduction to Data Analytic Procedures in IO Psychology course.

PSYC 684: Program Evaluation for I/O Psychology

This course introduces the student to the literature, theories and approaches to evaluating organizational programs, policies and procedures. Students will acquire a broad perspective on types of program evaluation, including formative and summative evaluation, process evaluation, monitoring of outputs and outcomes, impact assessment, and cost analysis. Students gain practical experience through exercises and assignments involving the design and development of a program evaluation plan. Topics such as experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental study designs are introduced in the context of a variety of settings, including schools, welfare agencies, mental health organizations, criminal justice settings, environmental programs, nonprofit organizations, and corporations.

Prerequisite: Completion of PSYC 672 Introduction to Data Analytic Procedures in I/O Psychology course.

PSYC 687: Job Analysis

This graduate level course is an elective which will reinforce students’ previous exposure to Job Analysis. In many ways, Job Analysis (JA) is the building block of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. JA contributes to performance measurement, selection system development and other core Human Resources functions. In the course, the theoretical underpinnings of JA will be reviewed. A significant component of the class will be performance of Job Analyses by students individually and collaboratively. In addition, the JA information will be applied to the development of performance management and employee selection system.

PSYC 689: Strategic Planning

This course introduces students to the theories, tools, and processes for strategic planning. The course is highly applied and will provide students the opportunity to plan, conduct, and finalize a strategic plan for an actual organization. This will include preparing interview/focus group protocols, researching industry trends, reviewing historical documents, and conducting interviews/focus groups with an actual client and their leadership team. The final project for this class will be a presentation of the strategic plan to the organization’s leadership.

EDUC 602: Instructional Systems Development I
Online (Fall, Spring & Summer) and On-Campus in Catonsville (Fall & Spring)

This course includes the elements of analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation. An emphasis is placed on micro-level design issues including analysis, design and evaluation. Learners work through the ISD process to assemble a training or education project that is ready for implementation. A design plan and lesson plan is constructed to allow learners real-world experience in the ISD process. The online section of this course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.

Prerequisite: Consent of the ISD department.

EDUC 671: Principles in Training and Development
Online (Fall & Spring) and On-Campus in Catonsville (Summer only)

This course examines key principles relevant to training and development. They include: the role of training in an organization, adult learning theory, needs assessment, training methodology, organizational support, resources and constraints, evaluation of training, and managing the training function. Issues that influence training implementation, such as ethics and interpretation, are also addressed. The online section of this course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 and consent of ISD department.

Practicum in I/O Psychology (3 credit hours), Required

Capstone Experience

This course serves as the capstone experience for M.P.S.: I/O Psychology graduate students and provides those students with practical experience in the field. UMBC faculty and staff will help place students in relevant, supervised internships. Alternatively, for students currently working in I/O, faculty and staff will help students find or design an enriching internship experience within their own company. In addition to the work experience, students will complete a portfolio of their work-products and will culminate the course with an in-depth written analysis of the experience and a formal presentation. The course, taken during the student’s final semester requires a minimum of 9 on site work hours per week.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.




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