University of Baltimore

Personnel Assessment
APPL 645.185 Fall 2016

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 235  


  Schedule of dates and assignments - Overview:    

Date Session  Chapters  Topic / Activity Due
 Aug 31 1     1 Understanding Personnel Assessment
    2 Analyzing Organizations and Jobs

 Personnel Assessment & Job Analyses

Sept 7 2    3 Developing Predictive Hypotheses Status of Predictors  
Sept 14 3  10 Assessing via Tests Predictors: Cognitive & Non Cog PAP O*Net job
Sept 21 4  12 Assessing Via  Inventories and Interviews: Predictors: Personality / Leadership  
Sept 28 5  11 Assessing Via Ratings Criterion Measures  
Oct 5 6    5 Minimizing Error in Measurement    
Oct 12 7     *** Midterm **
Oct 19 8

   4 Knowing What's Legal

  PAP Report Due
Oct 26 9      9 Analyzing Bias and Assuring Fairness Legal issues and bias  
Nov 2 10    6 Predicting Future Performance     DAP Draft
Nov 9 11    7 Using Multivariate Statistics Statistics  
Nov 16 12    8 Making Judgments and Decisions   DAP Report
   13 Combining Multiple Assessments    
Nov 30 13    PAP Presentations  
Dec 7 14   PAP Presentations  
   Dec 14


    *** 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. Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course you should be able to:

III. Class format:

 IV Texts:

V. Course requirements and % of grade for each component:

        GRADE CALCULATOR to estimate your final grade (download Excel file)

 Syllabus Resources:

Session /  Date / Chapters in texts

NOTE: Consider PTCMW 2015 Graduate Student Consulting Competition sponsored by pdri Sept 10 - 12

(1)     August 31        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)    September 7      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)  September 14     Chap 10 Assessing via Tests: Paper & Pencil, Work Sample, Situational Judgment, Computer Adaptive (p. 235)

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

Predictors: Personality, Leadership

    Required reading for Exam:

  Not required reading for Exam:

 (4)    September 21   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)  September 28     Chap 11 Assessing Via Ratings:  Rating Formats, Rater Training, Evaluation Process  (p 258)

    Not required reading for Exam:

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

(7)        October 12   *** Midterm Exam ***

(8)        October 19  Chap 4 Knowing What's Legal (and What's Not):  Title VII, Uniform Guidelines, Affirmative Action, Negligent Hiring (p. 81)

 *** PAP Report due ***

(9)    October 26 Chap 9 Analyzing Bias and Assuring Fairness: Analyzing Bias and Assuring Fairness  (p. 206)

    Please be prepared to ask any question about  the DAP project. (look at your DAP data please)

    Required reading for Exam:

    Not required reading for Exam:

(10)  November 2    Chap 6 Predicting Future Performance: Criterion-Related Validation, Regression & Correlation  (p153)    

                            *** DAP Draft due ***

(11)   November 9    Chap 7 Using Multivariate Statistics: Multiple Regression, Multiple Correlation, Validity Generalization (p. 173)

(12)     November 16  Chap 8 Making Judgments and Decisions: Making Judgments and Decisions (p 189)                      

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

*** DAP Report due ***

Required reading for Exam:

(13)     November 30  ** Class Presentations of Selection Procedure Proposals ***                         

(14)    December 7        *** Class Presentations of Selection Procedure Proposals ***

 (15)    December 14     ***** 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


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