PSY2407 – Introduction to Personnel Psychology

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Course content

Personnel psychology is increasingly gaining importance in managing human resources in organizations. This course provides an overview of topics occurring in the life cycle of an employment relationship from being hired to leaving the organization.

The course covers topics such as recruiting and selecting employees, managing their performance and rewards, developing employees’ skills and competencies as well as their careers and managing diversity of employees in an organization.

The course combines an individual perspective, for example in building one’s career, and an organizational perspective, for example in developing the competencies of the workforce.

Learning outcome


You should be able to:

  • Describe the main theories in the field of personnel psychology
  • Understand research results presented in a scientific context


You should be able to:

  • Analyse research results against a theoretical background
  • Analyse practical situations against a theoretical background
  • Apply theoretical knowledge for solving problems
  • Apply theoretical knowledge for making decisions

General competence

You should be able to:

  • Apply selected personnel psychology theories in the field
  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of their application


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

If there are more applicants than available places, the students
that has this course as an obligatory course in their education plan will be preferred. Read more here (only in Norwegian)


Lectures and seminars

  • Obligatory activity in the lecture: Blog posts related to the required reading. A minimum of 6 group tasks must be handed in.
  • Obligatory activity in the seminar: Case studies and final presentation in the seminar. A minimum of 3 group assignments must be handed in.

Compulsory tuition activities are valid for the 2 next semesters after approval date.

More information about obligatory activities .

Information regarding change of seminar group

Absence from compulsory tuition activities

If you are ill or have another valid reason for being absent from compulsory tuition activities, your absence may be approved or the compulsory activity may be postponed.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Students will be evaluated on the basis of a home exam at the end of the course.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

You can ask for an explanation of your grade in this course.

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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