APSY615-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Organisational Development

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


This course focuses on a number of work related attitudes (e.g., organisational commitment, group cohesion, job satisfaction etc), theories that attempt to explain how these attitudes are related to organisational problems, the instruments that have been developed for their measurement, and how organisational development can change organisational attitudes and deal with problems. Organisational problems such as absenteeism, turnover, and safety, are a particular focus.

Learning Outcomes

Students that complete this course will understand:
1. How to apply theory in order to understanding issues that may be causing specific organisational problems.
2. How to identify appropriate measures and interpret the data they produce for specific problems.
3. How to use data to develop a change plan.
4. Key issues which influence the change process.
5. Variables which can be measured to evaluate change outcomes


Subject to approval of the Head of Department

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 13:00 - (23/4-28/5)
Psychology - Sociology 437 (20/2-19/3)
17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Christopher Burt

Guest Lecturer

Associate Professor Melrona Kirrane

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Fields, Dail L; Taking the measure of work : a guide to validated scales for organizational research and diagnosis; Sage, 2002.

Recommended Reading

Burt, Christopher D.B; New employee safety: Risk factors and management strategies; Springer, 2015.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,022.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 30

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing on the department and colleges page.

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