|07250144||Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences||Department: Human Resource Management|
|Minimum duration of study: 1 year||Total credits: 180||NQF level: 09|
The MCom Industrial Psychology is an accredited programme by the Board of Psychology with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). This magister programme entails course work in the first year (seven modules), and in the second year of study students need to complete their mini-dissertation and their internship. The course work is presented over four block weeks during the first year of study.
1. Relevant BComHons degree
2. A cumulative weighted average of at least 65% for the BComHons degree
3. At least 65% for the research component at honours level
The pass mark for both a dissertation and a mini-dissertation is 50%. The provisions regarding pass requirements for dissertations, contained in General Regulation G.12.2, apply mutatis mutandis to mini-dissertations. A pass mark of at least 50% is required in the examination of each module.
The research component of the degree contributes 50% toward the total requirements for the degree. The research component is represented by the Research in Practice module and the mini-dissertation. The degree programme requires that a mini-dissertation/research article must be submitted in a field of study chosen from the fields covered for the honours degree, provided that the Dean may, on the recommendation of the relevant head of department, approve the replacement of the required dissertation by the successful completion of a prescribed number of module credits and a mini-dissertation/research article. Information on modules, credits and syllabi is available, on request, from the relevant head of department.
A module in Research Methodology is compulsory in all programmes. The Dean may, on the recommendation of the relevant head of department, waive the prerequisites. In this case, the Research in Practice (IPS 806) will replace the Research Methodology module.
For examination purposes, a student must, in consultation with the supervisor, submit a sufficient number of bound copies of the mini-dissertation or research article, printed on good quality paper and of good letter quality to the postgraduate administrator at the relevant department. Permission to submit the mini-dissertation or research article in unbound form may be obtained from the supervisor concerned on condition that a copy of the final approved dissertation is presented to the examiners in bound format or electronic format.
In addition to the copies already mentioned, each successful student must submit a bound paper copy as well as two electronic copies of the approved dissertation to the Head: Student Administration in the format specified by the faculty and in accordance with the minimum standards set by the Department of Library Services, before 15 February for the Autumn graduation ceremonies and before 15 July for the Spring graduation ceremonies, failing which the degree will only be conferred during a subsequent series of graduation ceremonies.
The mini-dissertation contributes 50% toward the total requirements for the degree.
Dissertations/mini-dissertations, curricula and modules
Article for publication
The Dean may require, before or on submission of a dissertation/mini-dissertation, the submission of a draft article for publication to the supervisor. The draft article should be based on the research that the student has conducted for the dissertation/mini-dissertation and be approved by the supervisor concerned. The supervisor should then have the opportunity to take the paper through all the processes of revision and resubmission as may be necessary and/or appropriate in order to achieve publication.
Submission of dissertation/mini-dissertation
A dissertation/mini-dissertation is submitted to the Head: Student Administration/departmental Postgraduate Office, before the closing date for the various graduation ceremonies as announced annually.
For examination purposes, a student must, in consultation with the supervisor, submit a sufficient number of bound copies and/or e-copies of the dissertation/mini-dissertation, printed on good quality paper and of good letter quality, to the Head: Student Administration/departmental Postgraduate Office. Permission to submit the dissertation/mini-dissertation in unbound form may be obtained from the supervisor concerned on condition that a copy of the final approved dissertation/mini-dissertation is presented to the examiners in bound format or electronic format.
In addition to the copies already mentioned, each successful student must submit a bound paper copy as well as two electronic copies of the approved dissertation/mini-dissertation to the Head: Student Administration/departmental Postgraduate Office in the format specified by the faculty and in accordance with the minimum standards set by the Department of Library Services, before 15 February for the Autumn graduation ceremonies and before 15 July for the Spring graduation ceremonies, failing which the degree will only be conferred during a subsequent series of graduation ceremonies.
In order to be awarded the degree with distinction, a student must meet the following criteria:
Minimum credits: 180
Fairness in employment decision-making and selections. Know how to analyse jobs and work, and apply work force planning effectively.
Students will be exposed to the fundamental principles underlying human behaviour. The module is offered in three different parts:
Part 1: Professional Practice
Part 2: Work-Related Psychopathology
Part 3: Career Psychology
Obtain advance understanding in the use of psychological assessments within the field of industrial psychology; Test and apply psychological assessment in the work context pertaining to career advancement, personal advancement, recruitment and selection; Know how to utilise psychological assessment practices on an ethical manner within the scope of industrial psychology; Understand the use of Assessment Centres (AC) theory and practices within the context of the contemporary organisation.
The objective of IOP Professional Ethics module is to broaden your awareness and understanding on ethical principles in relation to the various roles that an IOP will perform and how to apply these standards in the workplace. All professions, including IOPs, are bound by ethical principles to ensure conformance to the standards of moral conduct of our professions and the clients that we serve.
The significance of this module lies on three levels. Firstly, this module will require students to get to grips with the psychology of change in individuals and groups. Secondly, it will require students to build their own mental model of a changing post-modern society and of the organisation as change territory in order to have a full understanding of the nature and dynamics of organisational change. The third level of significance lies in the module’s requirement to integrate this contextualised theory of change in a framework to effectively deal with the dynamics of change and change interventions in a contemporary organisation.
The outcomes are:
Part 1: Research Proposal & Design
Design a research project by formulating the framework of the study by means of a problem statement, literature review, development of research objectives/questions/hypotheses and stipulating the methodology.
Part 2: Qualitative and Quantitative research
Designing quantitative and qualitative research methodology by understanding and applying the relevant approaches, designs, paradigms, sampling procedures, data collection and data analyses methods. Understand what is implied with quality control measures in quantitative and qualitative research.
Part 3: Statistics and Computer- Based Data Analysis
Research component (Industrial Psychology mini-dissertation) can be done concurrently with other modules in first year with allowance to finish in second year of study.
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