University of Baltimore

Personnel Assessment
APPL 645.185 Fall 2014

Instructor: Tom Mitchell, Ph.D. 837-5348

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                  Office hrs:  Tues/Wed 12-2 PM
              Classes meet:  
 5:30 PM to 8:PM; Room BC 001  


  Schedule of dates and assignments - Overview:    

Date Session  Chapters  Topic / Activity Due
Sept 2 1     1 Understanding Personnel Assessment
    2 Analyzing Organizations and Jobs

 Personnel Assessment & Job Analyses

Sept 9 2    3 Developing Predictive Hypotheses Status of Predictors  
Sept 16 3  10 Assessing via Tests Predictors: Cognitive & Non Cog PAP O*Net job
Sept 23 4  12 Assessing Via  Inventories and Interviews: Predictors: Personality / Leadership  
Sept 30 5  11 Assessing Via Ratings Criterion Measures  
Oct 7 6    5 Minimizing Error in Measurement    
Oct 14 7     *** Midterm **
Oct 21 8

   4 Knowing What's Legal
   9 Analyzing Bias and Assuring Fairness

Legal issues and bias  
Oct 28 9    6 Predicting Future Performance    
Nov 4 10    7 Using Multivariate Statistics   PAP Report
Nov 11 11    8 Making Judgments and Decisions    
Nov 18 12  13 Combining Multiple Assessments   DAP Draft
Nov 25 13   PAP Presentations  
Dec 2 14   PAP Presentations DAP Report
Dec 9 15     *** Final Exam ***

I. Course Description

APPL 645 Application of the technical material learned in Personnel Psychology related to assessment techniques used to select, promote and evaluate personnel. Hands
-on experience with these methods, including development of the most common ones. Assessment techniques discussed may include ability tests, personality and honesty tests, drug testing, work samples, interviews, training and evaluation forms and performance appraisals. Students go through the process of
developing surveys for attitude assessment.

II. Course Objectives: At the end of the course you should be able to:

III. Class format:

 IV Texts:

V. Course requirements for each student*:

 Syllabus Resources:

Session / location / Date / Chapters in texts

(1)     Sept 2        Chap 1 Understanding Personnel Assessment: Assumptions, Validation and Its Limitations, Theory and Practice (p. 3)

                            Chap 2 Analyzing Organizations and Jobs:  Organizational Need Analysis, Job Analysis, Methods of Job Analysis  (p. 21)

(2)    Sept 9       Chap 3 Developing Predictive Hypotheses:  Cognitive & Non Cognitive Abilities, Personality, Criteria (p 51)

                            Predictors: Cognitive & Non Cognitive Abilities

     Required reading for exam:

    Not required for exam:

(3)  Sept 16     Chap 10 Assessing via Tests: Paper & Pencil, Work Sample, Situational Judgment, Computer Adaptive (p. 235)

                        Predictors: Personality, Leadership

    Required reading for Exam:

  Not required reading for Exam:

    *** DUE: PAP project O*Net job choice ***

(4)    Sept 23   Chap 12 Assessing Via  Inventories and Interviews: Self-Report, Biodata, Unstructured 7 Structured Interviews (p. 284)

     Required reading for Exam:

      Not required reading for Exam:

(5)  Sept 30     Chap 11 Assessing Via Ratings:  Rating Formats, Rater Training, Evaluation Process  (p 258)

    Not required reading for Exam:

(6)  Oct 7         Chap 5 Minimizing Error in Measurement: Minimizing Error in Measurement: Measurement Theory, Reliability, Validity (p. 115)  

(7)   Oct 14         *** Midterm Exam ***

(8)  Oct 21     Chap 4 Knowing What's Legal (and What's Not):  Title VII, Uniform Guidelines, Affirmative Action, Negligent Hiring (p. 81)
                      Chap 9 Analyzing Bias and Assuring Fairness: Analyzing Bias and Assuring Fairness  (p. 206)

    Required reading for Exam:

    Not required reading for Exam:

(9) Oct 28     Chap 6 Predicting Future Performance: Criterion-Related Validation, Regression & Correlation  (p153)                     

(10)  Nov 4     Chap 7 Using Multivariate Statistics: Multiple Regression, Multiple Correlation, Validity Generalization (p. 173)

        *** PAP Report due ***

(11)  Nov 11     Chap 8 Making Judgments and Decisions: Making Judgments and Decisions (p 189)

    Required reading for Exam:

(12)  Nov 18     Chap 13 Combining Multiple Assessments: Combining Predictors, Individual Assessment, Assessment Centers (p. 313) 

     *** DAP Draft due ***

    Workshop: Item Writing

    Ibidun (Ibe) Layi-Ojo, M.S., SPHR, and Tommy Fiske, M.S  from Prometric will conduct a Content Validation Item Writing Workshop

     Required reading for Exam:

(13)    Nov 25  *** Class Presentations of Selection Procedure Proposals ***                       

(14)   Dec 2  *** Class Presentations of Selection Procedure Proposals ***

*** DAP Report due ***

 (15)  Dec 9 Final Exam

Additional Resources::

Tests and other Predictors:



WGCTA Watson Glaser Critical Thinking



Employee Reliability Inventory (ERI) ERI User Manual   ERI Sample Results    ERI Sample Results 2


Field Measures of Strength and Fitness for Firefighters (an assessment) Hender, Berry & Matic

Situational Judgment tests:

A Situational Judgment Test of Personal Initiative and its Relationship to Performance  Ronald Bledow and Michael Frese


Assessment Center