Organisational Psychology Section

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Course Convenor:
Ines Meyer Room 4.35 Leslie Commerce Building Email:

Lecturer Module 1: Organisational Architecture
Kevin O’Donoghue Room 4.32 Leslie Commerce Building Email:

Lecturer Module 2: Resourcing
Elmarie Bessinger No office on campus Email:

Fazeela Felton Room 4.34 Leslie Commerce Building) Email:

Lecture times:
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday from 09:00 to 09:45

Lecture venue:
Computer Science LT 2A

Course duration:
25 July – 19 October 2012


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BUS2015S Prescribed Textbooks
Module 1: Organisational Architecture
Jones, G. (2010). Organizational theory, design and change (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson. ISBN13: 9780138157111

Module 2: Recruitment & Selection
Phillips, J.S. & Gully, J.M. (2012). Strategic staffing (2nd ed., international edition). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson. ISBN13: 9780132763592 It is essential that you obtain a copy of both the above books for this course.

BUS2015S Course Overview
The aim of this course is to create an effective learning environment which will facilitate your understanding of two aspects of organisational psychology: organisational design and recruitment and selection. In module one you will be introduced to the concept of organisational design in a changing global environment. We will draw on examples from both local and global sources to reflect diverse topics and best practice faced by managers working in organisations around the world. The second module, recruitment and selection, covers topics related to staff selection, including an examination of the recruitment and selection process, competency-based recruitment and selection, the assessment of job applicants, and ethical dilemmas in recruitment and selection. We will discuss different recruitment sources (internal and external), the use of psychometric testing, and the legal framework that governs recruitment and selection in South Africa. Recent research regarding recruitment and selection will be applied to highlight current issues relevant to the South African labour market.

The structure of the course is as follows: Module 1: Organisational Architecture Week 1: 3) Week 2: Week 3: Week 4: Week 5: Week 6: Organisational purpose and the changing global environment (Chapters 1 and Basic design challenges (Chapters 4 and 5) Organisational structure and strategy (Chapters 6 and 8) Organisational culture and work design (Chapter 7) Organisational design and technology (Chapter 9) Organisational size and transformation (Chapter 11)

Module 2: Recruitment & Selection
Week 7: Strategic staffing and business staffing strategies (Chapters 1 and 2) Week 8: Legal context, job analysis and competency modelling (Chapters 4 and provided reader) Week 9: Staff forecasting and planning: The workforce planning process (Chapter 5) Week 10: Sourcing: Identifying recruits and measurement (Chapter 6) Week 11: Assessing internal and external candidates: The firm’s internal assessment goals (Chapters 9 and 10) Week 12: Choosing and hiring candidates, and orienting and socialising new employees (Chapters 11 and 12) BUS2015S2012 C:\Users\01371999\Documents\Ines\Teaching\2012\BUS2015S\BUS2015S_Course outline_2012_2.doc 2 of 7

BUS2015S Learning Outcomes and Content
Learning goals:
By the end of this course students should have acquired the following undergraduate academic skills:    The ability to apply theoretical concepts discussed during the course to a practical case and to assess their applicability to the case. The ability to present a defensible argument in tutorial discussions and written...
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