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School of Psychology
PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND TECHNIQUES
Course unit
ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY AND DESIGN 
PSP3050417, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND TECHNIQUES
PS1842, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY AND DESIGN 
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge PIETRO LUIGI GIACOMON

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SECS-P/10 Business Organisation 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method distance e-learning

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 07/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Syllabus
Prerequisites: There are not prerequisites required strictly.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide the knowledge to understand companies from an organisational point of view with a focus on organisations’ design and operating systems.
Moreover, the course aims to deepen the role and recognition of people in organisations.
Therefore the goal of the course is to provide the skills to recognise different organisation types in different contexts.
Examination methods: The examination is written and it is divided in open and closed questions. The maximum duration of the exam is 90 minutes.

The examination consists of 2 parts:
- 4 questions with open answers connected to the interpretation of the subjects provided during the course. Each question is divided in two parts: the evaluation considers if each part is correct and complete.
Through this part you can reach up to 20 points.

- 20 questions with closed answers (multiple choice) directly related to the content of the textbooks; each question has 3 possible answers (just one is correct)
Through this part you can reach up to 10 points.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation considers the understanding of the course arguments with particular attention to the correct use of organisational language and business organisation concepts comprehension.
Look at “Examination methods” box, too.
Course unit contents: The 1° part explores the three main “dimensions” of organisations (stakeholders, the different environments in which the organisation is involved and stakeholder relations).

In the 2° part the different types of organisations and microstructures’ design are deepened.

The 3° part presents some human resources management aspects related to the organisational issue.

Therefore during the course the following subjects are deepened:

1. Organisational issue’s origin
2. Organisation stakeholders
3. The organisation and its environments (with an in-depth analysis about the labour market and the recruiting process)
4. Organisation relationships (with an in-depth analysis about the psychological contract)
5. Organisation design
6. Simple organisations
7. Hierarchical – functional organisations
8. Divisional organisations
9. Inter-organisation relationships
10.How to organise people’s tasks and manage their performance
11.How to evaluate and recognise people
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is entirely online with video-lessons and other supporting material: slides, case studies, articles, links to the textbooks (for examination exercises).
Forum will be activated in order to encourage student participation, share their experiences and facilitate contents’ learning.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lectures material (video-lessons, slide, articles, links, forum) will be uploaded on Moodle learning platform used for the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Costa Giovanni, Gubitta Paolo, Pittino Daniel, Organizzazione aziendale, Mercati, gerarchie e convenzioni. Milano: McGraw-Hill, 2014. Tutti i capitoli sono obbligatori; terza edizione del testo Cerca nel catalogo
  • Costa Giovanni, Gianecchini Martina, Risorse umane. Persone, relazioni e valore.. Milano: McGraw-Hill, 2013. Capitoli obbligatori: 5 - 6 - 8 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14; terza edizione del testo Cerca nel catalogo