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Industrial and Organisational Psychology

What did you study at the School of Industrial Psychology and Human Resources?

Dr Harris studied all her degrees including her D.Com Industrial and Organisational Psychology with us.


How many years did you study with us?

2013 - NMMU - D.Com Industrial and Organisational Psychology - Relationships Between Psychological Capital, Work Engagement And Organisational Citizenship Behaviour In South African Automotive Dealerships

2006 - University of Port Elizabeth - M. Com Industrial and Organisational Psychology - Employee perceptions of diversity management at a tertiary institution

2000 - University of Port Elizabeth - B.Com Honours Industrial and Organisational Psychology

1999 - University of Port Elizabeth - B.Com Industrial and Organisational Psychology (Majors included Industrial and Organisational Psychology and business management)


Where have you worked?

Dr Harris has always lectured at the NMMU, but started out on the Vista University, Missionvale campus.  Currently she is at NMMU on the Summerstrand South Campus.


Where are you currently working?

NMMU Summerstrand South Campus as a lecturer and have been at the university for over 15 years.


How did your studies prepare you for your workplace?

"The content of my studies prepared me for the knowledge I would need to prepare others for work in the field of IOP and HR.  That being said, more than anything my degrees have given me the opportunity to improve my communication skills, presentation skills, problem-solving, critical thinking, time management, conflict resolution, team work abilities, leadership and also creative skills.  Acquiring these skills, particularly at a postgraduate level, has prepared me well for the workplace."


What was the most valuable thing you have learnt while studying?

"Marks are important to show others that you have the necessary knowledge, but integrity, hard work, competence, commitment and a great attitude will get you far in life."


Do you have any advice for the current students?

"Be honest.  Believe in yourself.  Work hard.  Try your best to remain positive in spite of the challenges you are facing.  Have fun."