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.

Resources

Community and Social Service Occupations (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Occupational Outlook: Psychologists (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Psychology Graduate Programs (Career Development Center)

Albright College Faculty

  • Wendy Bartkus, M.S.
    Organizational Behavior/Applied Psychology Program Coordinator
    Accelerated Degree Program - B.S., DeSales University
    M.S., Chestnut Hill College
    tel: 610-866-5595
    email: wbartkus@albright.edu
  • Laura Gelety, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, Accelerated Degree Program - B.S., The Pennsylvania State University; M.S., Ph.D., Lehigh University
  • Lindsay Phillips, Psy.D.
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, Accelerated Degree Program - B.A., Albright College; M.E., Temple University; Psy.D., Chestnut Hill College
  • Lisa Hain, Assistant Professor of Psychology
    B.A. Pennsylvania State University; M.S. Millersville University; Psy.D. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Course Descriptions

APS 916 Topics in Psychology

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

APS 900 Organizational Behavior

This course focuses on providing a framework to the area of organizational behavior/applied psychology. This framework will include historical and theoretical perspectives. In addition, students will be trained in the use of library resources, e-mail and the Internet.

APS 920 Adult Development

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

APS 938 Learning & Motivation

This course introduces students to the study of motivational theories and 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 950 Group Dynamics

This course focuses on how the social environment affects behavior and the decision-making process. The course also provides some framework for the course on Human Diversity/Cross-Cultural Issues.

APS 905 Management Concepts

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

APS 914 Abnormal Psychology

This course focuses on a biopsychosocial 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 940 Ethics

This course focuses 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 911 Human Resource Management

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

APS 925 Quantitative Methods

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

APS 930 Research Methods

This course focuses on applied research methodology and design as it relates to the workplace. Students will be introduced to descriptive, correlation and experimental techniques.
Prerequisite: APSY925

APS 936 Program Evaluation

This course addresses the need for on-going assessment of program effectiveness – from defining the goals of the program to planning, carefully collecting information about aspects of a program, decision making to enhance program effectiveness, and 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.
Prerequisite: APSY930

APS 935 Applied Project I

This course focuses 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.
Prerequisite: APSY936

SYN 397 Cross-Cultural Diversity

The primary purpose of this synthesis course is to examine human diversity from an academic, interdisciplinary, interpersonal, and intrapersonal view. Students will seek to understand the importance of diversity and the role it plays in the human experience from business management, to health care, to human resources, and to human behavior through the interdisciplinary lenses of psychological and sociological perspectives, yielding a more holistic understanding of a complicated topic. The contributions of academic research and personal reflection in these disciplines will be applied as students analyze and critically examine the combinations in which each of us is different and similar to others. Cultural competence will be attained by comparing and contrasting approaches to understanding differences and similarities between various groups and also the individuals within the groups, such as it applies to ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nation of origin, gender, and health (both physical and mental). Throughout the course students will reflect upon– through writing projects, in-class discussions, online discussion posts, oral presentations — their personal understanding of diversity as it applies to both individuals (psychology) and groups (sociology). Comprehending the interdisciplinarity of diversity is core to this course. As such, it serves as a capstone to the requirements of a liberal arts education.

APS 960 Professional Issues

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 Project II

This course focuses 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.
Prerequisite: APSY935

Learning Outcomes

The Psychology Department follows the student learning outcomes from the American Psychological Association.

  1. Theory and Content of Psychology — Students will demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Research Methods in Psychology — Students will comprehend and have the ability to implement basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation.
  3. Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology — Students will gain appreciation for and engage in critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and, when possible, employ the scientific approach to problem solving related to behavior and mental processes.
  4. Application of Psychology — Students will know and be able to apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues through community service experiences and student internships.
  5. Values in Psychology — Students will value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.(APA Guideline, Goal 5)
  6. Information and Technological Literacy — (A) Students will exhibit competence in information science assessed according to the ACRL Psychology Information Literacy Standards and (B) have the ability to utilize computers and relevant software programs necessary to function in an entry level professional position or in a graduate school program.
  7. Communication Skills — Students will demonstrate competence in effective interpersonal communication including written, verbal, and non verbal forms. They will recognize, respect, and adjust to other people’s ways of communicating, learning, and doing things.
  8. Sociocultural and International Awareness — Students will recognize, understand and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity, realizing it is impossible to fully understand a person without understanding her or his culture, ethnic identity, gender identity and other important sociocultural factors.
  9. Personal Development — Students will develop insight into the behaviors and mental processes of themselves and others and be able to apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
  10. Career Planning and Development — Students will emerge from this program with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.​