University of Baltimore
University of Baltimore: Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences

SYLLABUS for
Personnel Assessment
APPL 645.185 Fall 2018 (4424) 3 credit hours

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

                        Email:  TMITCHELL@ubalt.edu
               Home Page:  
http://home.ubalt.edu/tmitch
             Office Phone:  410 837 5348

             Office Hours:  Mon/Wed 12:30 -1:30 PM
              Classes meet:  
Wednesdays  5:30 PM to 8:PM; Room BC 003  

       WEB BOARD FOR CLASS IS:  Sakai

  Schedule of dates and assignments - Overview:    

 

 

 

 

Date

Session

 Chapters

 Topic / Activity

Due

 

 

 

 

Aug 29

1

    1 Understanding Personnel Assessment
    2 Analyzing Organizations and Jobs

Personnel Assessment & Job Analyses

 

Sept 5

2

   3 Developing Predictive Hypotheses

Status of Predictors

 

Sept 12

3

 10 Assessing via Tests

Predictors: Cognitive & Non Cog

PAP O*Net job

Sept 19

4

 11 Assessing Via  Inventories and Interviews

Predictors: Personality / Leadership

Sept 26

5

 12 Assessing Via Ratings

Criterion Measures

PAP draft (opt)

Oct 3

6

   5 Minimizing Error in Measurement

Oct 10

7

 

*** Midterm **

 

Oct 17

8

   4 Knowing What's Legal

PAP Report Due

Oct 24

9

     9 Analyzing Bias and Assuring Fairness

Legal issues and bias

Oct 31

10

   6 Predicting Future Performance  

DAP Draft

Nov 7

11

   7 Using Multivariate Statistics

 

Nov 14

12

8 Making Judgments and Decisions

DAP Report

Nov 21

 

*** Thanksgiving ** no class

Nov 28

13

 13 Individual and Group Assessment

 

Dec 5

14

 

 Review for Final Exam (optional)

 

Dec 12

15

 

** Final Exam ***

 


 

I. Catalog  Description for APPL 645 Personnel Assessment

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. Lab fee required. Prerequisite: APPL 644 or permission of instructor. This course is open only to the following majors: Applied Psychology or Certificate in Professional Counseling Studies. Other majors may take this course with departmental permission only

 

 

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:

Assignment/exam GRADE

TOTAL % (AVG)

A

90-100

B

80-89

C

70-80

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

Note: Although class attendance is not required, it is strongly encouraged and will be recorded


 Syllabus Resources:


Session /  Date / Chapters in texts


(1)     August 29        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. 16)     


(2)    September 5     Chap 3 Developing Predictive Hypotheses:  Cognitive & Non Cognitive Abilities, Personality, Criteria (p 44)

                            Predictors: Cognitive & Non Cognitive Abilities

     Required reading for exam:

    Not required for exam:


(3)  September 12     Chap 10 Assessing via Tests: Paper & Pencil, Work Sample, Situational Judgment, Computer Adaptive (p. 195)

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

Predictors: Personality, Leadership 

    Required reading for Exam:

  Not required reading for Exam:


 (4)    September 19   Chap 11 Assessing Via  Inventories and Interviews: Self-Report, Biodata, Unstructured 7 Structured Interviews

     Required reading for Exam:

      Not required reading for Exam:


(5)  September 26     Chap 12 Assessing Via Ratings:  Rating Formats, Rater Training, Evaluation Process

    Not required reading for Exam:


(6)        October 3   Chap 5 Minimizing Error in Measurement: Minimizing Error in Measurement: Measurement Theory, Reliability, Validity (p. 97)


(7)        October 10   *** Midterm Exam ***


(8)        October 17  Chap 4 Knowing What's Legal (and What's Not):  Title VII, Uniform Guidelines, Affirmative Action, Negligent Hiring (p. 67)

                 *** PAP Report due ***     


(9)    October 24 Chap 9 Analyzing Bias and Assuring Fairness: Analyzing Bias and Assuring Fairness  (p. 172)

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

    Required reading for Exam:

Analyzing bias and differential validity (Cascio & Aguinis)

Not required reading for Exam:


(10)  October 31    Chap 6 Predicting Future Performance: Criterion-Related Validation, Regression & Correlation  (p,124)                      

  Not required reading for exam

*** DAP Draft due ***


November 5 (monday) PTC/MW special event: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Talent Connection & Networking Event

2:00 - 4:00 PM: Special Presentation by Dave Dorsey, Liberty Munson, and Seymour Adler


(11)   November 7  Chap 7 Using Multivariate Statistics: Multiple Regression, Multiple Correlation, Validity Generalization (p. 140)  

Required reading for Exam:

  


(12)     November 14          Chap 8 Making Judgments and Decisions: Making Judgments and Decisions (p. 156)      

*** DAP Report due ***                

  Required reading for Exam:


November 21 **** Class canceled Thanksgiving ****


(13)     November 28               Chap 13 Individual and Group Assessments (p 258)   


(14)    December 5          *** Review for Final Exam (optional attendance) ***


 (14)    December 12         ***** Final Exam ***


Additional Resources:

Tests and other Predictors:

Cognitive

GMA:

WGCTA Watson Glaser Critical Thinking

Personality:

Integrity:

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

Non-Cognitive

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

Biodata

Assessment Center