AOS230 Organizational Psychology

Credits (ECTS):5

Course responsible:Nicolay Andre Melsæter Worren

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Norsk

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:125 hours.

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block.

About this course

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.
  • Lectures on campus. During the lectures, demonstrations, group tasks and small experiments will be conducted to apply theory on practical problems. Active participation is expected.
  • None in particular other than contact with the teacher.
  • Examination 3.5 hours, counts 100%.

  • An external examiner will review the syllabus and the exam.
  • 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.

    Students who have completed the compulsory assignment earlier do not have to redo it.

  • Lecturer for the course is Frida Karine Feyer. She can be contacted via e-mail: or
  • Approx. 40 hours.
  • 5 ECTS overlap with AOS230F.

    5 ECTS overlap with AOS229-B.

  • Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway ("generell studiekompetanse")