Course Title: Motivation and Organisational Psychology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Motivation and Organisational Psychology

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Assocaite Professor Leila Karimi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Course Description

In this course, you will investigate the ways in which individuals and groups function in organisations and the impact of the organisational environment. You will also learn how to promote well-being and productivity within organisational settings by applying knowledge of both human behaviour and organisational systems. Theories and research of human motivation will also be examined. Applications of this include; motivational interviewing techniques and factors that motivate individuals to commit to and persist with behavioural change. Change can also be a major issue within organisations, particularly with respect to getting employees on board with organisational changes. You will explore mechanisms to help employees to accept and contribute to change processes. You will also explore principles underlying effective employee recruitment. Empirically validated strategies for goal-setting and achievement, drawing on positive psychology and other evidence-based models, will also be addressed and applied to topics including psychological wellbeing, health and goal achievement in both personal and work contexts.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP154 Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology):

  • PLO 1: Understand appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied evidence based knowledge and undertake life long learning to improve personal and professional practice
  • PLO 3: Applied knowledge to diagnose and solve problems in a wide range of diverse situation, with an ability to work independently or with others and incorporate the analysis of evidence based scientific literature to solve psychological problems
  • PLO 4: Engage in dialogue with a diverse range of people and communicate in a broad range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral) to meet the circumstances of the situation and the capabilities of the audience
  • PLO 6: Develop collaborative partnerships with colleagues, other professionals and the community that build on the capacity of others and develop open and flexible relationships that adapt to evolving needs and aspirations

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the factors (both personal and organisational) that contribute to optimal function of employees within organisations.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the factors that contribute to optimal change management within organisations.
  3. Integrate theoretical and empirical research in explaining the role of motivation in human behaviour.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of how cognitive biases can impact on motivation and how to minimise their impact.
  5. Apply empirical evidence related to motivation and organisational function to real-world organisational problems.

Overview of Learning Activities

Delivery of this course will involve blended learning, activities including both real-time, interactive tutorials as well as purely online elements. Lectures will be pre-recorded. There will also be other video-based and multi-media learning content, online learning exercises and participation in discussion forums. During lectures, you will acquire theoretical and evidence-based frameworks of psychological knowledge and tutorials will help you to apply this theory and evidence-base to real-world problems. Prior to tutorials, you will be required to complete preparatory reading to contribute to these sessions with discussion, problem-solving, critical appraisal and other activities. The assessment associated with this course will include formative and summative elements, incorporating a variety of assessment modes. There will be a group assessment task which will involve a project proposal and final group presentation.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include articles and book chapters as well as TED talks and other video-based material. All learning materials will be available via the course Canvas site.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Online quiz

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Tutorial participation activities

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Group Assignment. Oral Presentation and Written Report.

Weighting 45%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 5