Course code AOS230

AOS230 Organizational Psychology

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Course responsible: Nicolay Andre Melsæter Worren
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Introduction to work and organizational psychology. Topics that are covered include motivation and reward systems, learning in organizations, problem solving and decision processes, personality and leadership, attitudes and organizational culture, working environment, social networks, and groups and teams. 
Learning outcome:


  • Be aware of the most important theories within organizational psychology
  • Understand how empirical research is used to test and support theories in psychology
  • Understand how psychological theories may be applied to improve productivity and well-being in organizations. 


  • Be able to differentiate between key assumptions related to different psychological theories and approaches. 
  • Be able to evaluate typical challenges in organizations (e.g., related to motivation, learning, or decision making) in light of psychological theories and principles
  • Be able to identify which psychological theories and methods that may be utilised to address typical challenges in organizations. 

Other learning intentions

  • Increased awareness of the importance of psychological processes related to work life. 
  • Increased motivation to learn more about the subject. 
Learning activities:
Digital lectures, seminars and group work. There will also be small experiments and studies where the students are expected to use theory on practical problems. Active participation is expecte.
Teaching support:
None in particular other than contact with the teacher.

Textbook or courseback (to be announced at start of course). 

If a Norwegian textbook is used, international students may use an English textbook with similar topic coverage given consent of the lecturer. The same holds for articles in a courseback (most of which will be in English; but substitutes may be found for the Norwegian language articles).

AOS130 Introduction to Organisation Theory, or equivalent course.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
This course has a compulsory assignment, where the students are going to participate in a research project. The activity takes about 30 minutes and will be done online. The purpose of the activity will be described in one of the lectures.
Digital home examination, 3.5 hours, counts 100%.
Nominal workload:
150 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway ("generell studiekompetanse")
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Approx. 40 hours.
An external examiner will review the syllabus and the exam.
Allowed examination aids: C3 Alle typer kalkulatorer, alle andre hjelpemidler - inkludert digitale
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / F