Month: January 2016

Assessing and retaining talent at Apple



Great article by George Couros

Welcome to Business Psychology

During the course of the next semester you will be introduced to a wide range of topics, case studies, theories and exercises designed to enhance you understanding of business psychology and prepare you for the world of work. It is said that ‘Psychology is about people….it is about why people do the things they do.’ (Davey 2004:1).  Work psychology applies psychological knowledge to the workplace.  It focuses on ways people respond to working in the vast and ever changing organisational environments that operate today: from being self-employed to working part-time in a small team, to negotiating careers within vast multinational organisations or to managing the complex edifices that deliver our public services.
Work Psychology is of considerable value to the organisation in contributing to the performance and productivity of the workplace.  This is often achieved through applications such as reducing sickness and absence in the workplace, developing employee appraisal programmes, providing occupational counselling, and delivering training. The research that we will in over the next semester will prepare you for leadership and provide you with a better understanding of the psychological importance of an individuals career to their sense of well being.
During the course you will be expected to read, write and comment upon recent research in the business world. As a result you will need to do the following as you are going to become writers on this topic.
Things to do:
1. Set up and create a wordpress blog. You will using this as an online portfolio and blog. It is expected to be professional and as such must look and contain appropriate content.
2. Collect two books from the resource centre. Leaders eat last by Simon Sinek, Work Psychology by Lisa Matthewman. These are two key texts that we will refer to continuously.
4. Add the Harvard Business Review, NPR and TED talks group to your Facebook and twitter feed. (you will need a twitter page to help increase you knowledge eon the topic and increase your crowdsourcing ability).
The learning in this course is continual/ cumulative. As a result you must do the reading and posting online as requested. 
  • Each week you will read an important article that is different to that of your peers and write a brief review of the main learning points. You will also be required to comment on the posts of your peers. This is mandatory and the rubric will be provided in week two of the course. There will be a summative grade attached to this.
  • You will have to read one book and write a review.
  • You will prepare and present a TED style talk on a topic of your choice. You will be assessed on the content, passion, and presentation style. The aim is to develop your leadership and presentation skill.
  • One EE style essay (on a topic of  your choosing-must be different to the presentation topic)
  • Semester Exam: Stimulus response exam
  • In pairs, deliver one 30-40 minute interactive lesson/presentation on a whole chapter of the textbook. As a result we will have read the entire book in one semester. Some chapters are shorter, longer, more exciting than others. You must use your common-sense when delivering the content, keep the lesson focused on the most relevant and useful points.Your allocated chapters can be found below:
Mark: Ch.3 Personality and Ind. Differences.
Ano: Ch. 4 Perceptions and Attitudes at work
Parker: Chapter 5 Motivations and work satisfaction
Alyssa: Chapter 6. The group at work 
Matthew: Ch. 8. Leadership
Claudia: Chapter 9 Career management
Kevin: Chapter 10 Organisational Change
Isabel: Health at work
We will confirm these dates next week.
The first lesson of each week will begin with a group lesson/presentation. The following lesson will build upon the previous class content in a session facilitated by me, and your homework will be to review, reflect and comment upon the homework reading. By the end of this semester you will be up to date with the recent trends in business psychology.