2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021) 
    
    Jan 19, 2022  
2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021)

MS in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology (Competency Based)


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Tempo Learning® is Walden’s competency-based education modality, an alternative way of earning a Walden degree offered for some Walden programs. Instead of courses, the Walden Tempo Learning® program is comprised of competencies and rigorous assessments. Students progress through the Tempo Learning® model by successfully passing competency assessments. A student must successfully achieve or master all competency assessments to graduate from the program.

Students earn the same Walden degree whether they choose the course-based or the competency-based modality.

Specializations


Degree Requirements


  • 48 quarter credits
  • Foundation Competencies (3 cr.)
  • Core Competencies (15 cr.)
  • Research Competencies (10 cr.)
  • Specialization Competencies (15 cr.)
  • Capstone competencies (5 cr.)

Curriculum


Foundation Competencies (3 cr.)


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    • GS001 Field of Psychology
      Describe alignment of professional goals for positive social change.
    • GS002 Academic Goals
      Demonstrate skills to further academic goals.
    • GS003 Professional Goals
      Demonstrate skills to further professional goals.

Core Competencies (15 cr.)


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    • TT001 Historical Development and Contemporary Industrial and Organziational Psychology
      Analyze the historical development of industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology and how it has contributed to the contemporary practice of I/O psychology.
    • TT002 Industrial Psychology: Contemporary Themes, Models, and Theories and Their Application
      Evaluate and apply contemporary themes, models, and theories related to the practice of industrial psychology in workplace settings and organizations.
    • TT003 Organizational Psychology: Contemporary Themes, Models, and Theories and Their Application
      Evaluate and apply contemporary themes, models, and theories related to the practice of organizational psychology in workplace settings and organizations.
    • TT004 The Impact of Industrial and Organizational Psychology on Organizations
      Evaluate how I/O models, theories, principles, and practices impact individual, group, and organizational behavior.
    • TT005 Cross-Cultural and Ethical Practice in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
      Apply strategies, best practices, ethical guidelines, and laws to cross-cultural, ethical, and legal issues in the workplace.
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    • OD001 Foundations of Consulting for Organizational Development and Change: Theories and Models
      Evaluate behavioral science theories and models of organizational development and consultation to issues faced by organizations.
    • OD002 Methods for Improving Performance
      Evaluate methods for improving individual, group, practitioner, and organizational performance through consulting, coaching, ongoing learning, and change management within an organizational setting.
    • OD003 Consultation Practices and Intervention Planning
      Evaluate consultation practices that apply to contracting, planning, assessment, intervention, and evaluation within different levels of an organization.
    • OD004 Strategies and Applications for Addressing Organizational Development and Change Challenges
      Recommend strategies and methods using the phases of consultation to address organizational change challenges.
    • OD005 Organizational Development Future Trends and Professional Development
      Analyze strategies for professional development based on personal skills, preferences, and career objectives.
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    • OB001 Defining Organizational Behavior and Its Importance to the World of Work
      Apply individual differences, group and team dynamics, and organizational change and development theories to organizational settings and explain the benefits to organizations.
    • OB002 Leadership, Power, and Structural Dynamics of Organizational Behavior
      Evaluate impacts of globalization, organizational culture, leadership and power, diversity, and structural dynamics on employees and organizations.
    • OB003 Employee Behavior, Motivation, Personality, and Perceptions
      Analyze ethical methods for assessing employee behavior, values, attitudes, moods, emotions, motivation, job satisfaction, and personalities in organizations.
    • OB004 Strategies for Addressing Organizational Behavior Challenges
      Develop a method and/or process to address organizational behavior challenges related to resistance, conflict, competition, and change in organizations.
    • OB005 Organizational Behavior Professional Development and Social Change
      Apply organizational behavior skills and knowledge to professional development of industrial and organizational psychology practitioners.

Research Competencies (10 cr.)


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    • RT001 Philosophy of Science, Theory, and Social Change
      Analyze the roles of philosophy, theory, and social change in research.
    • RT002 Quantitative Research
      Assess quantitative research studies for quality and for alignment among critical research components.
    • RT003 Qualitative Research
      Assess qualitative research studies for quality and for alignment among critical research components.
    • RT004 Mixed Methods Research
      Assess mixed methods research (MMR) studies for quality and for alignment among critical research components.
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    • QR001 Preliminary Statistics
      Analyze data distributions.
    • QR002 Statistics to Compare Groups
      Synthesize quantitative data in comparing groups using SPSS software.
    • QR003 Statistics to Examine Relationships Among Variables
      Synthesize quantitative data to examine variable relationships using SPSS software.

Specialization Competencies (15 cr.)


These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.

Capstone Competencies (5 cr.)


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    • IU001 Research Strategies
      Analyze the research strategies that address contemporary issues or problems based on applied research in the field of psychology.
    • IU002 Issues or Problems in Psychology
      Apply psychology to contemporary issues or problems in either the workplace, community, or world.
    • IU003 Literature Reviews
      Synthesize literature related to the field of psychology that is focused on contemporary issues or problems in the workplace, community, or world.

Note on Curriculum


In an effort to ensure competencies are kept up to date and relevant to meet the learning outcomes of the program, the number and subject matter of individual competencies needed to satisfy program course requirements may change. However, program outcomes and the number and subject matter of courses will not be impacted. As a result, the required competencies listed in a student’s individual learning plan may differ from what is currently listed in the catalog.