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Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior / Applied Psychology

The accelerated program in organizational behavior/ applied psychology prepares students for a wide variety of careers in social services, management, human resources, training and development. This major also provides students with a strong foundation for entering a graduate program.

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Kay Burky, organizational behavior/applied psychology major and a senior vice president, didn’t want to look back and regret paths not taken. She made a decision and found that it was the right one, and one that really paid off. Read Kay’s story (as well as watch her in this video) and learn how Albright College’s Accelerated Degree Programs can help you achieve your goals.

What is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes, and how they are affected and/or affect an individual’s or group’s physical state, mental state and external environment. Its goal is to describe, understand, predict and modify behavior.

Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience—from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged. In every conceivable setting, from scientific research centers to mental health care services, “the understanding of behavior” is the enterprise of psychologists.

Course Descriptions

APS 900 Introduction to Organizational Behavior

This course is designed to familiarize students with prominent social psychological theories in areas such as attribution, conformity and persuasion. Particular emphasis will be placed on application of these theories, particularly to students’ everyday lives. We will investigate how people form impressions, how people infer the causes of their behavior, how people’s attitudes relate to their behavior, what causes prejudice, and how people influence one another. We will also critically examine the factors that make aggression and altruistic behavior more likely. The pervasive influence of situational factors will be a consistent theme in the class.

APS 905 Management Concepts

This course will cover the basics of management principles with a behavioral emphasis. Topics will focus on recruiting, staffing, motivating, conflict/coordination/control, systems design and operation, and training and development.

APS 911 Introduction to Human Resource Management

This course will focus on basic principles of human resource management. Topics will include personnel issues, hiring practices, interviewing and counseling.

APS 914 Abnormal Psychology

The content of this course focuses on a biopsychological approach to the classification, etiology, and treatment of abnormal behavior patterns in adults. In addition, research and treatment strategies are explored within the context of clinical, counseling, school and forensic psychology settings. Emphasis is on adult psychopathology including anxiety disorders, affective disorders, schizophrenic disorders, personality disorders, and substance abuse disorders.

APS 916 Topics in Psychology

This course introduces students to selected content areas in psychology. Content areas will be examined from both a historical and current perspective. Students will also be trained in the use of library, web-enhanced support in psychology and scientific writing techniques.

APS 920 Adult Development

This course will focus on selected aspects of adult development as they relate to different modes of learning. Specific emphases will be placed on these areas as they relate to training and development in the workplace.

APS 925 Quantitative Analysis

This course will provide the student with basic statistical skills. The primary emphasis will be on descriptive along with some parametric techniques. Students will also be trained in a current computer statistical package (SPSS).

APS 930 Research Methodology

This course will focus on applied research methodology and design as it relates to the workplace. Students will be introduced to descriptive, correlational and experimental techniques.

APS 935 Applied Research Project I

This course will focus on developing an applied research project for the workplace. Students will develop a written proposal and make a formal technology-based presentation to the class.

APS 936 Program Evaluation

This course addresses the need for on-going assessment of program effectiveness – from defining the goals of the program, planning, carefully collecting information about aspects of a program, decision making to enhance program effectiveness, to determining program changes or termination. Students will learn to avoid over-reliance on any one form of assessment; to include subjective, interview, questionnaire, and quantified outcome measures. Examples will be drawn from for-profit as well as not-for-profit (including educational) enterprises.

APS 938 Learning and Motivation

This course introduces students to the study of motivational theories and to basic and applied learning principles. Learning perspectives emphasized include classical and operant conditioning, observational learning, and Gestalt paradigms. Specific applications of motivation and learning theories and principles in education, business, therapy, and everyday life are explored.

APS 940 Ethical Issues

This course will focus on the social responsibility of the firm, the ethical behavior of the individual and the interaction between the two. In addition to developing a framework for moral/ethical reasoning in an organizational context, several topical areas will also be covered (e.g. ethical issues in employee relations such as the employee's right to privacy).

APS 950 Group Dynamics and Processes

This course will focus on how the social environment affects behavior and decision making processes. This course will also provide some framework for the course on Human Diversity/Cross-Cultural Issues.

APS 955 Human Diversity/Cross Cultural Issues

This course will focus on issues such as managing diversity, affirmative action, expatriate preparation and motivation, and cultural sensitivity.

APS 960 Professional Development Seminar

This course will focus on the role of applied behavioral science on society. The role of the psychologist in the workplace will be explored. Students will develop a professional portfolio.

APS 965 Applied Research Project II

This course will focus on implementing and completing the applied research project that was proposed in Applied Research Project I. Each student will have a faculty mentor who will supervise the project to completion.