General Practice (Competency-Based)

General Practice (Competency-Based)

This specialization is designed for students interested in the practical application of I/O principles, skills, and knowledge to improve individual and organizational productivity in the workplace.

  • Gain an understanding of the roles within organizations and teams and examine what elements are needed to build synergy among individuals and create a healthy workforce.
  • Learn how to assess organizational issues, develop intervention plans, and evaluate the effectiveness of those interventions.
  • Develop the research and statistical skills needed to pursue careers in employee training and development, organizational development, organizational leadership and administration, human resource management, or I/O consulting.

The General Practice specialization prepares you enter the field as an I/O psychology practitioner in diverse roles and settings.

Progress at Your Own Pace

The competency-based option1 is designed for working professionals. Your progress is measured by the mastery or demonstration of skills, abilities, and knowledge in a particular area of study.

Each competency we include in your I/O psychology master’s path has been carefully designed by expert faculty with input from the competencies outlined by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology competencies, as well as from employers, with your education and career in mind.

Completion Requirements

  • 48 total quarter credits

Areas of Expertise and Competency Descriptions

The I/O psychology master’s program with a specialization in General Practice includes the following competencies grouped within the Areas of Expertise.

Foundations for Graduate Study in Psychology (PSYC 6002):

  • GS001 Field of Psychology: Describe alignment of professional goals for positive social change.
  • GS002 Academic Goals: Demonstrate skills to further academic goals.
  • GS003 Professional Goals: Demonstrate skills to further professional goals.

Capstone (IPSY 6393):

  • IU001 Research Strategies: Analyze the research strategies discussed in the literature that address contemporary issues or problems based on applied research in the field of psychology.
  • IU002 Issues or Problems in Psychology: Apply psychology to contemporary issues or problems in either the workplace, community, or world.
  • IU003 Literature Reviews: Synthesize literature related to the field of psychology that is focused on contemporary issues or problems in the workplace, community, or world.

Research Theory, Design and Methods (RSCH 6110):

  • RT001 Role of Theory: Explain the role of theory in research and social change.
  • RT002 Research Designs: Differentiate among types of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs.
  • RT003 Sampling and Data Collection Methods: Evaluate the strengths and limitations of data collection and sampling methods.
  • RT004 Research Theory, Design, and Methods: Explain the elements of research theory design and methods to analyze research related to the field of psychology.

Consulting for Organizational Development and Change (IPSY 6214):

  • OD001 Foundations of Consulting for Organizational Development and Change – Theories and Models: Evaluate behavioral science theories and models of organizational development and consultation to issues faced by organizations
  • OD002 Methods for Improving Performance: Evaluate methods for improving individual, group, practitioner, and organizational performance through consulting, coaching, ongoing learning, and change management within an organizational setting.
  • OD003 Consultation Practices and Intervention Planning: Evaluate consultation practices that apply to contracting, planning, assessment, intervention, and evaluation within different levels of an organization.
  • OD004 Strategies and Applications for Addressing Organizational Development and Change Challenges: Recommend strategies and methods using the phases of consultation to address organizational change challenges.
  • OD005  Organizational Development Future Trends and Professional Development: Analyze strategies for professional development based on personal skills, preferences, and career objectives.

Ethics, Values, and Legal Issues in I/O Psychology (IPSY 6706):

  • LI001 APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct: Apply APA Psychologists' ethical principles and code of conduct to professional situations in I/O Psychology
  • LI002 Ethical and Legal Decision-Making Process in I/O Psychology: Apply ethical and legal decision-making strategies to global, organizational, academic, and applied research settings.
  • LI003 Ethical and Legal Implications of Technology and Social Media Use: Analyze ethical and legal implications of using technology and social media in the practice of I/O psychology.
  • LI004 Ethical and Legal Implications of Corporate Social Responsibility: Evaluate the ethics and legal impact of corporate social responsibility on positive social change.

Leadership and Leader Development (IPSY 6755):

  • LL001 Leader Development - Leadership Characteristics, Styles, and Theories: Create a leader development plan that addresses and incorporates leadership characteristics, styles, and theories.
  • LL002 Leadership Practices for Inspiring Individuals, Teams, and Organizations: Apply leadership concepts, theories, and strategies to individuals and teams within the context of organizational change.
  • LL003 Leadership Coaching - Opportunities and Challenges: Create a coaching plan to improve leader competencies related to leading a diverse workforce, effecting positive social change, and overcoming leadership dysfunctions.
  • LL004 Future of Leadership: Analyze the influence of current leadership trends on the practice of leadership and leader development in the future.

Psychology of Organizational Behavior  (IPSY 6480):

  • OB001 Defining Organizational Behavior and its Importance to the World of Work: Apply individual differences, group and team dynamics, and organizational change and development theories to organizational settings and explain the benefits to organizations.
  • OB002 Leadership, Power, and Structural Dynamics of Organizational Behavior: Evaluate impacts of globalization, organizational culture, leadership and power, diversity, and structural dynamics on employees and organizations.
  • OB003 Employee Behavior, Motivation, Personality, and Perceptions: Analyze ethical methods for assessing employee behavior, values, attitudes, moods, emotions, motivation, job satisfaction, and personalities in organizations.
  • OB004 Strategies for Addressing Organizational Behavior Challenges: Develop a method and/or process to address organizational behavior challenges related to resistance, conflict, competition, and change in organizations.
  • OB005  Organizational Behavior Professional Development and Social Change: Apply organizational behavior skills and knowledge to professional development of industrial and organizational psychology practitioners.

Personnel Psychology in the Workplace (IPSY 6754):

  • WO001 Use of Psychology in Human Resources: Evaluate the effective use of key I/O psychological principles to human resources functions, including selection, placement, training, performance appraisal, career development, and talent management.
  • WO002 Conduct Work Related Analyses: Conduct appropriate analysis to support development of valid and reliable selection criteria, training requirements, and performance elements through job analysis, needs analysis, and task analysis.
  • WO003 Development of Human Resource Mechanisms: Design performance appraisal processes, training programs, selection procedures, and talent management programs.
  • WO004 Legal and Ethical Issues in Personnel Psychology: Evaluate the relevance of ethical standards, federal laws, and state requirements to selection, placement, training, and performance appraisal, including Title VII, ADA, and ADEA.

Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis (RSCH 6210):

  • QR001 Preliminary Statistics: Analyze data distributions.
  • QR002 Statistics to compare groups: Synthesize quantitative data in comparing groups using SPSS software.
  • QR003  Statistics to examine relationships among variables:  Synthesize quantitative data to examine variable relationships using SPSS software.

Themes and Theories in Industrial Organizational Psychology (IPSY 6200):

  • TT001 Historical Development and Contemporary Industrial Organizational Psychology: Analyze the historical development of Industrial Organizational (I/O) psychology and how it has contributed to the contemporary practice of I/O psychology.
  • TT002 Industrial Psychology - Contemporary Themes, Models, and Theories and their Application: Evaluate and apply contemporary themes, models, and theories related to the practice of Industrial psychology in workplace settings and organizations.
  • TT003 Organizational Psychology - Contemporary Themes, Models, and Theories and their Application: Evaluate and apply contemporary themes, models, and theories related to the practice of organizational psychology in workplace settings and organizations.
  • TT004 The Impact of Industrial Organizational Psychology on Organizations: Evaluate how I/O models, theories, principles, and practices impact individual, group, and organizational behavior.
  • TT005  Cross-Cultural and Ethical Practice in Industrial Organizational Psychology: Apply strategies, best practices, ethical guidelines, and laws to cross-cultural, ethical, and legal issues in the workplace.

1If you start the MS in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology program with General Psychology specialization before February 3, 2020, please note that not all curriculum may be available when you start your program, and the earliest you can complete the program is February 3, 2020.

In an effort to ensure competencies are kept up to date and relevant to meet the learning outcomes of the program, the number and subject matter of individual competencies needed to satisfy program course requirements may change. However, program outcomes and the number and subject matter of courses will not be impacted. As a result, the required competencies listed in a student’s individual learning plan may differ from what is currently listed on this page.

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