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

Personnel Assessment
APPL 645.185 Fall 2017  3 credit hours

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

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             Office Phone:  410 837 5348

                  Office hrs:  Mon/Wed 12:30 -1:30 PM
              Classes meet:  
 5:30 PM to 8:PM; Room AC 401  


  Schedule of dates and assignments - Overview:    

Date Session  Chapters  Topic / Activity Due
 Aug 30 1     1 Understanding Personnel Assessment
    2 Analyzing Organizations and Jobs

 Personnel Assessment & Job Analyses

Sept 6 2    3 Developing Predictive Hypotheses Status of Predictors PAP O*Net job
Sept 13 3  10 Assessing via Tests Guest speakers:
Greg Kowalewski & Joe Ranzau
Predictors: Cognitive & Non Cog
Sept 20 4  11 Assessing Via  Inventories and Interviews Predictors: Personality / Leadership  
Sept 27 5  12 Assessing Via Ratings Criterion Measures
Guest: Kristi Grimes, Deloite
PAP draft (opt)
Oct 4 6    5 Minimizing Error in Measurement    
Oct 11 7     *** Midterm **
Oct 18 8

   4 Knowing What's Legal

  PAP Report Due
Oct 25 9      9 Analyzing Bias and Assuring Fairness Legal issues and bias
Guest: Regan Miller, OPM
Nov 1 10    6 Predicting Future Performance      
Nov 8 11   PTC Fall Event GWU
DAP Draft
Nov 15 12     7 Using Multivariate Statistics
8 Making Judgments and Decisions
  DAP Report 11/20
Nov 22 13   *** Thanksgiving ** no class  
Nov 29 14   13 Individual and Group Assessment   DAP Report
Dec 6 15   PAP Presentations  
   Dec 13


        ** 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 30        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)

         *** Announcement: PTCMW’s Fourth Annual Graduate Student Consulting Challenge Competition Sept 14 - 16  ****

(2)    September 6     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 13     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 

Guest speakers from Grant Thornton:  Greg Kowalewski, Senior Consultant and Joe Ranzau, Senior Manager

    Required reading for Exam:

  Not required reading for Exam:

 (4)    September 20   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 27     Chap 12 Assessing Via Ratings:  Rating Formats, Rater Training, Evaluation Process

Guest Speaker: Kristi Grimes, Deloitte Consulting

    Not required reading for Exam:

(6)        October 4   Chap 5 Minimizing Error in Measurement: Minimizing Error in Measurement: Measurement Theory, Reliability, Validity (p. 97)

(7)        October 11   *** Midterm Exam ***

(8)        October 18  Chap 4 Knowing What's Legal (and What's Not):  Title VII, Uniform Guidelines, Affirmative Action, Negligent Hiring (p. 67)

 *** PAP Report due ***      A

(9)    October 25 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)

Guest speaker: Regan Miller, Human Resources Specialist, Workforce Planning, U.S. Office of Personel Management

    Required reading for Exam:

    Not required reading for Exam:

(10)  November 1    Chap 6 Predicting Future Performance: Criterion-Related Validation, Regression & Correlation  (p,124)                         

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

Analyzing bias and differential validity (Cascio & Aguinis)

 Required reading for Exam:

(11)   November 8    *** Class attends PTC Fall event ***   *** DAP Draft due ***

(12)     November 15          Chap 8 Making Judgments and Decisions: Making Judgments and Decisions (p. 156)                      

  Required reading for Exam:

((13)     November 22      **** Class canceled Thanksgiving ****

(14)     November 29               Chap 13 Individual and Group Assessments (p 258)   

*** DAP Report due *** 

*** PAP Powerpoint Presentations due ***  

(15)    December 6        *** Class Presentations of Selection Procedure Proposals ***

 (16)    December 13     ***** 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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