Bachelor of Commerce in Industrial and Organisational Psychology – Every Details.


Unisa Undergraduate & Honours Qualifications – Bachelor of Commerce in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Qualification stream: Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Qualification code: 98308 – IOP
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 101096
APS/AS: 21


Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, printer and the internet.

Purpose Statement:

The primary purpose of the qualification is to provide qualifiers with graduate-level knowledge, specific skills, applied competence and the necessary attitudes in the fields associated with commerce and industry that prepare them to be lifelong learners, employable workers/entrepreneurs and contributors to society and the business community.

The second purpose of the qualification is to provide South Africa (and other countries) with functional managers at the middle management level in all sectors of the economy. A further purpose of the qualification is to provide graduates with a self-sustaining understanding of the process whereby productive resources are mobilized and utilized with a view to being gainfully employed in serving the material needs of society in a globalized world.

This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who Can Register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2023 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please Note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.

How to Choose Your Modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits/modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits/modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and/or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

Curriculum for This Qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

 ➡ Once you have selected your modules, proceed to calculate your student fees.

First level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
ECS1501 – Economics IA
ECS1601 – Economics IB Pre-requisite:ECS1501
FAC1502 – Financial Accounting Principles, Concepts and Procedures
IOP1501 – Psychological Processes in Work Context
IOP1503 – Environmental Psychology
IOP1504 – Workforce Diversity
IOP1601 – Personality in Work Context Pre-requisite:IOP1501
MNB1501 – Business Management IA
MNB1601 – Business Management IB Pre-requisite:MNB1501 (except for qualification code 90017)
SUS1501 – Sustainability and Greed

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
IOP2601 – Organisational Research Methodology
IOP2602 – Organisational Psychology Pre-requisite:IOP1601
IOP2603 – Ergonomics Pre-requisite:IOP1601
IOP2604 – Psychological Adjustment in the Work Context Pre-requisite:IOP1601
IOP2605 – Human Capacity Development Pre-requisite:IOP1601
IOP2606 – Individual Differences and Work Performance Pre-requisite:IOP2602
IOP2607 – Workgroup Dynamics and Diversity Pre-requisite:IOP1601
LLW2601 – Individual Labour Law
MNG2601 – General Management
MNM2605 – Consumer Behaviour Pre-requisite:MNM1601 or MNM1502 or MNM1501 or MNM1502 or MNM1503 or MNM1504 or MNM1505 or MNM1506 or MNM1507 or MNB1501

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
HRM3703 – HR Information Systems and Technology
HRM3706 – Performance Management
IOP3701 – Industrial Psychological Testing and Assessment Pre-requisite:IOP2601 & IOP2602
IOP3702 – Personnel Psychology: Organisational Entry Pre-requisite:IOP2601 & IOP2602
IOP3703 – Career Psychology
IOP3704 – Employment Relations Pre-requisite:IOP2601 & IOP2602
IOP3705 – Organisational Development and Change Pre-requisite:IOP2601 & IOP2602
IOP3706 – Personnel Psychology: Employee Retention Pre-requisite:IOP2601 & IOP2602
IOP3707 – Psychology of Leadership Pre-requisite:IOP2601 & IOP2602
MNG3701 – Strategic Planning IIIA Pre-requisite:MNG2601 (Not applicable to BTEXP, BTSMN, 98222 & 98235)

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