85382 - Orientation Course/1

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Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing the orientation course, the student will know the main psychosocial perspectives on organizational behavior and will gain an understanding of the scientist-practitioner model for the development of psychologists’ professional competences

Course contents

The Orientation course 1 (Prof. Guido Sarchielli) was designed in close connection with the Orientation Course 2 (Prof. Luca Pietrantoni). It is therefore the first part of an "integrated course" that comprehensively includes the following main contents:

Introduction to EMJMD WOP-P : topics, methodologies, professional perspectives. European context and WOP Psychology. Scientist-Practitioner Model; Evidence based psychology, Professionalisation and competences in WOP Psychology. Ethics and deontological issues in WOP Psychology. Social behaviour in the organization.

Please note: The Orientation course 1 will be held from September 25th to October 30th, 2017


Basic readings for Orientation course 1 are as follows.

[However, note that other useful readings for assignment preparation will be provided during the course. All documents and papers will be available on the e-learning platform https://elearning-cds.unibo.it/ ]

Bartram D. & Roe R.A. (2005). Definition and assessment of competences in the context of the European diploma in Psychology, European Psychologist, 10, 93-102.

Briner R.B., Rousseau D.M. (2011) Evidence-Based I–O Psychology: Not There Yet, Industrial and Organizational Psychology,4, 3–22.

Cascio W.F. & Aguinis H. (2008). Research in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from 1963 to 2007: Changes, Choices, and Trends, Journal of Applied Psychology, 293, 5, 1062–1081

EFPA (1995/2005). Metacode of Ethics (available: www.efpa.eu/ethics )

Roe, R.A. (2002).What makes a competent psychologist? The European Psychologist, 7 (3), 192-203.

Teaching methods

Brief lectures, in-class exercises, case study, assignment of individual or small group tasks, scientific paper analysis.

Teaching materials will be uploaded on the e-learning platform. Students are strongly encouraged to consult these resources for an active learning. Students are expected to come to class prepared, on time, ready to discuss and ask questions and personally interested in learning.

Assessment methods

The grading scale is from 0 to 30, 18 being the minimum passing grade. The weight for each part of the portfolio for the final grade is the following:

  1. First part (Orientation course 1) mainly on Scientist-Practitioner Model and Professionalisation (prof. Guido Sarchielli): up to 15 points

  2. Second part (Orientation course 2) mainly on European context and social behaviors in organizations (prof. Luca Pietrantoni): up to 15 points


The first learning outcome of the Orientation course 1 (first part, prof. Guido Sarchielli) is to acquire in-depth knowledge of State of the art in WOP psychology, Scientist-Practitioner Model and Evidence-based Psychology, Competences and professionalization; Professional ethics. It will be assessed by means of two Short Papers (2400 words each) agreed with the teacher.

The second learning outcome of the course (second part, Orientation course 2, prof. Luca Pietrantoni) is the ability to analyze and interpret social behavior in organizations and to increase knowledge of the european context. It will be provided in the e-learning platform.

The final grade will be influenced by two aspects: turning the papers/assignment in on time and assignments outside of length. With respect to punctuality, the first day late will result in a 10% grade deduction. From then on each day late will result in an additional 15% reduction (e.g., two days late will result in a 15% reduction). Assignments out of length range will be evaluated by the professor in question and will result in a 10% grade reduction.

Attendance rules

You are expected to attend every class. You are allowed one unexcused absence without penalty.

Each additional unexcused absence will be penalized as follows: An unexcused absence = 2-point subtraction from final grade. (For example, if you have an 27 final average with 2 unexcusedabsences your final grade will be 23). Four or more unexcused absences will result in automatic failure for the course.

An absence is excused if: You are under a doctor’s care (documentation required); You are granted a leave of absence for reasonable cause by an academic dean (documentation required).

Short Papers Evaluation Criteria: a) Contents suitability; b) Consistency at theoretical and practical level; c)Empirical evidences and references pertinence; d) structure and format accuracy.




Teaching tools

Overhead projector, powerpoint, hand-pencil psycho-social instrument, internet

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Guido Sarchielli