Course Title: Cross Cultural and Organisational Psychology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Cross Cultural and Organisational Psychology

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1405

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Spring2010,
Spring2011,
Spring2012,
Spring2013,
Spring2014,
Spring2015,
Spring2016

BESC1405

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Spring2017

BESC1406

City Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006

BESC1412

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Spring2010,
Spring2011,
Spring2012,
Spring2015

BESC1413

City Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006

Course Coordinator: Dr Merv Jackson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7367

Course Coordinator Email: merv.jackson@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.008


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

OR

 

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to: www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he

 


Course Description

The aim of this course is to develop your psychological knowledge in the areas of cross cultural psychology, organizational psychology and professional issues. You will explore the basic concepts of cross-cultural psychology, the problem of measurement biases, the question of universality of ’normal’ behaviours and rates of mental disorder across cultures. The role of acculturation stress and its impact on migrants’ settlement experience is explored. Organizational psychology, which explores the theories and concepts of how organizations operate effectively is also addressed. You will investigate the ways in which individuals and groups function in organizations and the impact of the organisational environment. The dynamics of working in a multicultural society are also considered.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP 154 Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology):

  • PLO 1:  Understand appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied evidence based knowledge and undertake lifelong learning to improve personal and professional practice 
  • 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.


At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Apply basic psychological principles to the areas of cross cultural and organizational psychology;
  2. Analyse and compare the applicability of psychological theories to various cultural groups;
  3. Analyse and compare the applicability of psychological theories to various organizational settings


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning is attained through attendance at lectures, tutorials, relevant preparatory and wider reading and completion of assessment tasks. These activities will draw on your previous knowledge of introductory psychology material, communication skills and academic research techniques. Lectures will provide a combination of didactic teaching and class discussion. Non-attendance will severely limit your chances of completing successful assignment work and may jeopardise the gaining of essential educational experiences.

Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from peers and staff.

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 72 per semester


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Material chosen may be digitally available to you. Lecture material will be delivered via Lectopia, Discussion Board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate workshops. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

 

Assessment Tasks

 

Early Assessment Task: Learning Goals

Weighting 20%

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

Assessment Task 2: Tutorial Tasks  

Weighting 20%

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

Assessment Task 3: Essay  

Weighting 20%

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

Assessment 4: Exam  

Weighting 40% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, & 3.