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For those looking for information about our graduate courses, we have listed course descriptions, required courses for IO Psychology graduate students, and a schedule of when courses are offered. None of our graduate courses are offered online or through distance education.

Course Descriptions

Industrial and Organizational Psychology support each other and have strong research and application emphases. The University uses the individual graduate committee system for tailoring each student’s program of study to her or his needs. The Department of Psychology requires nine semester hours of statistics and research methods for all psychology graduate students, a one-credit orientation and ethics course, and three courses chosen from some short lists of “distributional” topics. (Some of these distributional courses may also meet requirements within a student’s program area.) Many courses are also available covering advanced statistical methods, social and developmental psychology, ergonomics, organizational behavior, psychological scaling, etc.

Students are also expected to do individual study, thesis and dissertation research. Beyond that, the student and her or his committee determine a plan of study.

Psy 760 Psychometrics
Preq: ST 507 or equivalent and PSY 710 Regression
Introduction to classical and modern test theories and the nature of psychological constructs. Special emphasis on the scale development process including item writing, various statistical techniques, and the concepts of reliability and validity.

PSY 761 Advanced Psychometrics: Item Response Theory 
Preq: ST 507 or equivalent, PSY 710 Regression, and 12 hrs. of PSY
An overview of advanced psychological test and measure construction/evaluation using Item Response Theory (IRT). Course covers maximum likelihood-based estimation algorithms used for estimating item properties and persons' test scores; computer adaptive testing; assessment of item bias and differential item functioning; as well as use of relevant software.

PSY 762 Quasi-Experimental Evaluation Design
Preq: ST 507 or equivalent
An introduction to quasi-experimental design as applied to HRD program evaluation: (1) Methods of assessing informational needs, (2) recognition of internal and external validity threats, (3) design of quasi-experiments to minimize threats and (4) use of results by program decision makers.

PSY 763 Systems Theory and Applications In Human Resource Development
Preq: PSY 750 or equivalent
An introduction to the systems approach and general systems theory. (1) Concepts and terminology of general systems theory, (2) techniques currently used to access system requirements and (3) methods of analyzing system performance. Emphasis on application of systems techniques to the design and implementation of human resource development programs.

PSY 764 Survey of Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Preq: N/A
Issues surrounding the person, organization and job. Employee motivation and work attitudes, work analysis and design, recruitment, selection, training, and performance appraisal of employees, and organizational leadership and group/team processes. Emphasis on scientist-practitioner model throughout the course.

PSY 765 Vocational Psychology
Preq: ST 507 or equivalent
The study of the individual's vocational behavior and development through the years of choice and adjustment. An up-to-date review and synthesis of research and theory in the field of vocational psychology. Empirical studies and theoretical statements in the field appraised and evaluated to determine what behavioral laws apply to vocational phenomena.

PSY 766 Personnel Selection Research
Preq: Six hrs. of grad. ST, PSY 535
A survey of theoretical, methodological and research literature on personnel selection. Topics include organization, task and person analyses, validation strategies, utility and equal opportunity issues and selection strategies. Emphasis on research.

PSY 767 Training Research
Preq: Six hrs. of grad. PSY and six hrs. of grad. ST
A survey of conceptual and research literature on training. Topics include needs assessments, learning, transfer, maintenance, criterion and evaluation issues, as well as a review of research on specific training techniques. Emphasis on research methods and findings, not skill development in specific training techniques.

PSY 768 Organizational Psychology
Preq: Nine hrs. of PSY
A study of the application of behavioral science, particularly psychology and social psychology, to organizational and management problems.

PSY 769 Work Motivation
Preq: PSY 768
Theory and research in work motivation. An in-depth examination of motivation theory as it pertains to the study of individual behavior in work settings.

PSY 770 Organization Development and Change
Preq: PSY 768
A survey of theory and research in organization development. Attention directed to: (1) methods of diagnosing need for organizational change, (2) techniques currently used to implement and evaluate organizational change, (3) professional ethics and other issues dealing with client-consultant relationship. Emphasis on developmental approaches originating from psychology and allied fields.

PSY 714 Social Psychology: Small Groups Research
Preq: PSY 511
Surveys the literature and research pertaining to social psychological processes in and between groups. Course content includes basic principles of group formation, role differentiation, communication, influence, norms, social exchange, equity, cooperation/conflict, decision making and pro-social behavior. Environmental factors affecting group behavior also considered. In conjunction with each substantive topic, suitable methodologies for research are considered.

PSY 710 Leadership
Preq: N/A 
Seminar designed to prepare students to conduct independent research on issues related to organizational leadership. Through a survey of the leadership research literature, students are introduced to theories, research methods, and past research findings in the leadership domain. Both basic and applied (e.g., leadership development) research are addressed.

PSY 710 Counterproductive Work Behavior
Preq: N/A 
Seminar designed to prepare students to conduct independent research on unethical, deviant, counterproductive, or criminal behavior in the workplace. Students learn about relevant theories, research methods, and research findings through a survey of the research literature. Topics covered include employee theft, sabotage, violence, white collar crime, personality disorders, and destructive leadership.

PSY 710 Advanced Covariate Modeling
Preq: PSY 763

Required Courses for IO Psychology Graduate Students

Applies to all students entering the program on or after Fall 2012*

Required Statistics/Methods Courses

ST 511 – Experimental Stat for Bio Sciences I
ST 512 – Experimental Stat for Bio Sciences II

Required IO Courses 

Psy 710 – Advanced Covariance Modeling – Drewes
Psy 714 – Social Psychology: Small Groups Research **
Psy 760 – Psychometrics – Meade
Psy 761 – Advanced Psychometrics: Item Response Theory – Meade
Psy 763 – Structural Equation Modeling (Alternate title 'Systems Theory and Applications in Human Resource Development') – Drewes 
Psy 764 – Industrial Psychology – Wilson
Psy 766 – Selection Research Methods – Meade
Psy 767 – Training Research – Craig
Psy 768 – Organizational Psychology – Pond
Psy 769 – Work Motivation – Pond
Psy 846 – Professional Development in I/O Psychology – Thompson

Elective IO Courses

Block A – 2 Courses Required
Psy 710 – Leadership Research – Craig
Psy 710 – Counterproductive Work Behavior – Craig
Psy 755 – Cross-Cultural Research and Development 
Psy 770 – Organization Development and Change – Pond
Psy 846 – Job Analysis – Wilson

Block B – Not required
Psy 846 – Practicum In Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Leadership Development – Craig
Psy 846 – Practicum In Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Criterion Development – Wilson

*Students entering the program prior to Fall 2012 should adhere to one of the following: 
IO Graduation Requirements for Students Entering Prior to 2005
IO Graduation Requirements for Students Entering During the Years 2006-2007
IO Graduation Requirements for Students Entering During the Years 2008-2011

** Due to a retirement, the Department of Psychology is not currently offering Psy 714 (Small Groups) on a regular basis. This requirement is therefore suspended indefinitely, until a Psy 714 instructor is identified. In the meantime, students, in consultation with their advisor, should select a Free Elective to take the place of Psy 714 on their plan of work.

Schedule of Required Courses

For students entering Fall 2012 or later.

If you enter the program in the Fall of an Even Numbered Year:

1st Fall Even Numbered Years
1st Spring
ST 511 - Stat for Bio Science I ST 512 - Stat for Bio Science II
Psy 764 - Industrial Psy (Wilson) Psy 768 - Org Psy (Pond)
MS Req MS Req, 1 HR Thesis Research
2nd Fall
2nd Spring
Psy 760 - Psychometrics (Meade) Psy 761 - IRT (Meade)
Psy 769 - Motivation (Pond) Psy 763 - SEM (Drewes)
Psy 695 - MS Research Hours (3 hours) Psy 695 - MS Research Hours (3 hours)
3rd Fall
3rd Spring
Psy 767 - Training (Craig) Psy 710 - Adv. Cov Modeling (Drewes)
Psy 846 - Prof. Development (Thompson) Psy 714 - Small groups (Smith)*
IO elective Psy 766 - Selection (Meade)
4th Fall
4th Spring
Doctoral Preliminary Exam** IO elective
Free Elective Free elective
Psy 895 – Doctoral Dissertation Research Hours (3 hours) Psy 895 – Doctoral Dissertation Research Hours (3 hours)

If you enter the program in the Fall of an Odd Numbered Year:

1st Fall Odd Numbered Years
1st Spring
ST 511 - Stat for Bio Science I ST 512 - Stat for Bio Science II
Psy 764 - Industrial Psy (Wilson) Psy 768 - Org Psy (Pond)
MS Req MS Req, 1 HR Thesis Research
2nd Fall
2nd Spring
Psy 767 - Training (Craig) Psy 714 - Small groups (Smith)*
Psy 846 - Prof. Development (Thompson) Psy 766 - Selection (Meade)
Psy 695 - MS Research Hours (3 hours) Psy 695 - MS Research Hours (3 hours)
3rd Fall
3rd Spring
Psy 760 - Psychometrics (Meade) Psy 761 - IRT (Meade)
Psy 769 - Motivation (Pond) Psy 763 - SEM (Drewes)
IO elective
4th Fall
4th Spring
Doctoral Preliminary Exam** Psy 710 - Adv. Cov Modeling (Drewes)
Free Elective IO elective
Psy 895 – Doctoral Dissertation Research Hours (3 hours) Psy 895 – Doctoral Dissertation Research Hours (3 hours)

MS Reqs and IO Electives

MS Req indicates a distributional psychology course.
The department requires 9 hours of distributional courses, split across Groups A and B. 
The IO program requirement Psy 764 counts towards Group B.
Therefore, two additional distributional courses are required for the MS, at least one of which must be from Group A.

Group A: Group B:
PSY 500 - Visual Perception PSY 511 - Advanced Social Psy
PSY 508 - Cognitive Processes PSY 584 - Advanced Developmental Psy
PSY 502-  Physiological Psy PSY 591 - History & Systems
PSY 744 - Human Information Processing Psy 764 - Survey of I/O Psy

For an full explanation of the distributional courses see page 20 of:
http://www4.ncsu.edu/~mershon/FDF/Documents/Grad_Handbook_2005.pdf

 

Two IO Elective courses are required for the Ph.D. degree. For details, see the Requirements Page.

 

Free Electives may consist of graded, graduate-level courses of your choosing from inside or outside the Department of Psychology. “Graded” courses refer to those evaluated on an A, B, C, etc. scale.

* Due to a retirement, the Department of Psychology is not currently offering Psy 714 (Small Groups) on a regular basis. This requirement is therefore suspended indefinitely, until a Psy 714 instructor is identified. In the meantime, students, in consultation with their advisor, should select a Free Elective to take the place of Psy 714 on their plan of work.

**If they wish, students may register for 3 hours of Psy 890 during the semester in which they take their doctoral preliminary exams. It should be noted that these hours do not count toward the minimum credit hours needed to fulfill a Ph.D. Plan of Work in psychology at NC State.