Course Title: Motivation and Organisational Psychology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Motivation and Organisational Psychology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023


RMIT University Vietnam


173H School of Health and Biomed


Viet1 2024,
Viet2 2024


RMIT Vietnam Hanoi Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Viet2 2024

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Leila Karimi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses

Successful completion of:


Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage.

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. 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

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the factors (both personal and organisational) that contribute to optimal function of employees within organisations.
  2. Investigate 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. Apply effective communication skills and teamwork.
  5. Apply empirical evidence related to motivation and organisational function to real-world organisational problems.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Online Quiz
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Project proposal/plan
Weighting 35%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Group Assignment. Oral Presentation and Written Report
Weighting 45%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.