Course Title: Motivation and Organisational Psychology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Motivation and Organisational Psychology

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Lauren Saling

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3801

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.07.016D-1

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Course Description

In this course, you will develop your knowledge of organisational psychology, motivation and professional issues. Organisational psychology explores the theories and concepts of how organisations operate effectively. You will investigate the ways in which individuals and groups function in organisations and the impact of the organisational environment. The dynamics of working in a multicultural society are also considered. Theories and research into human motivation is also examined. Topics covered will include drives and instincts, volitional behaviour, self-control, self-regulation and the interactions between motivation, emotion, learning and behaviour change. Empirically supported strategies for goal-setting and achievement, drawing from cognitive-behavioural, positive psychology and other evidence-based models, will also be addressed and applied to topics in psychological wellbeing, health, education and business.

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. Analyse and compare the applicability of psychological theories to various organisational settings
  2. Critically assess the contributions and limitations of various theories of human motivation
  3. Apply motivational theory to understand human behaviour and performance across a range of mental health, health, education and workplace contexts and topics
  4. Devise and evaluate behavioural/performance plans using evidence-based strategies for goal-setting and achievement
  5. Administer and interpret psychometric instruments that measure motivation and emotion

Overview of Learning Activities

Activities associated with this course will take a blended approach to learning, involving face-to-face and online interactions. Face-to-face interactions will consist of lectures and tutorials, which will be supplemented by online learning materials and interactions including lecture video recordings, 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 associated with environmental factors, 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 and engagement with structured online learning materials 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. Assessments will be spread throughout the semester and include an early assessment, written assignment and major project assignment. Assignments may be prescribed as individual or group tasks and are designed to encourage you to demonstrate a critical analysis and application of the core principles presented in the course. Feedback on your progress will be provided throughout the semester from the teaching team and your peers.

Teacher Guided Hours: 48

Learner Directed Hours: 72

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 including recommended textbooks. Material chosen may be digitally available to you. Lecture material will also be delivered via Echo and other recordings. 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, including Canvas.

A Library Subject Guide is available at

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task: Infographic

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 1: Tutorial participation tasks

Weighting 15%

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

Assessment Task 2: Written task

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 4

Assessment 3: Project task

Weighting 40%

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