University of Baltimore Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences

Job Analysis APPL 651.185

Fall 2012

Instructor:        Tom Mitchell, Ph.D.
Phone:             (410) 837-5348


            Class meets:     Thursdays 8:15 - 10:45 PM
            Classroom:      Academic Center, Room AC 205
            Office:             Academic Center, Room 209D
            Office Hours:   Mondays & Wednesdays 1-2PM; Wednesdays 4- 5 PM                           


Course Catalog Description:  

 Survey of job analysis methodology and issues, using experiential projects. Includes tools used in conducting a job analysis: data gathering techniques, legal and technical standards and the Occupational Information Network. Emphasis is on variation in approach dependent on subsequent application of the results. 

Course objectives:   

This course is intended to provide you with a hands-on approach to learn more about job analysis, and its purposes in human resource system such as selection, training, compensations, and performance appraisals.  

Learning Outcomes 

By taking this course, students will be able to (1) plan and conduct a basic job analysis, determining which types of data (KSAOs) are necessary for developing selection, performance appraisal, and compensation systems, (2) collect and analyze job analysis data to identify individual differences and position requirements that should be addressed in selection, performance appraisal, training, and compensation systems, (3) present the findings from data analysis, and (4) complete a report prepared for the organization.

Texts required:

Brannick, M. T., Levine, E. L., & Morgeson, F. P. (2007). Job and Work Analysis: Methods, research, and applications for human resources management. 2nd ed.,  Sage pub. ISBN13: 978-1-4129-3746-7  See: Brannick et al:

Web Sources:

Class format: Lecture, class discussions and group problem solving activities.
Course requirements:

1. Demonstration of an understanding of assigned readings
2. successful completion of two exams
3. Completion of job analysis project

Grade determination:   Exams (50%) + Job Analysis(50%) = 100%

Mid term and final exams (25% each)   

Range of letter grades for each report: A, B+, B, C+, C, F

                     Schedule of Assignments:

Week 1: August 29       Chapter 1 Introduction

Exercises Review Questions

Week 2: September 5      Chapter 9 Doing a Job Analysis Study

Exercises Review Questions Research Questions

 Rwg calculator (Peter Leeds)

Kappa in SPSS to compute agreement for categorical data

Descriptives and SEM for SPSS SMEs as case


Week 3: September 12     Chapter  2 Work Oriented Methods

Exercises Review Questions Research Questions

Week 4: September 19        Chapter  2 Work Oriented Methods (con't)

Week 5: September 26        Chapter 3 Worker Oriented Methods    

  Exercises Review Questions  Research Questions

  • Job Char Model (JCM) power point  (JCM) J.R Hackman & Oldham
  • Job Diagnostic Survey (JDS)  SUMMARY OF JDS (Datner's)


        Field Trip to the Baltimore Museum of Industry Baltimore Museum of Industry

       Meet at the Museum at 11AM

    Week 6:  October 3        Chapter 3 Worker Oriented Methods (con't)

        Article: (handout)
    Sackett, P. R., & Laczo, R. M. (2003).  Chapter 2: Job and work analysis. Handbook of Psychology, v. 12. Borman, Ilgen, Klimoski, Eds.. 21-37.

    Week 7:   October 10         Chapter 4 Hybrid Methods

    Exercises Review Questions Research Questions

    Week 8:  October 17        *** Midterm Exam ***   

     Week 9:   October  24     Chapter 5 Management and Teams  

     Exercises Review Questions Research Questions

    Week 10: October 31     Chapter 6 Job Analysis and the Law

    Exercises Review Questions Research Questions

     Week 11: November 7 
    Chapter 7 Job Description, Performance Appraisal, Job Evaluation and Job Design

    Exercises Review Questions Research Questions

    Week 12:  November 14   Chapter 8 Staffing and Training  Exercises Review Questions Research Questions

                                    ***Job Analysis DRAFT Reports due (if you wish to submit one) ***

             November  21 **** Thanksgiving Break **** NO CLASS

    Week 13:  November 28   Chapter 10 The Future of Job Analysis Exercises Review Questions Research Questions

                                    ***Job Analysis REPORT due  ***

    Week 14:  December 5        Presentation of Job Analysis Projects

        ***Please prepare a short PowerPoint presentation (15 minutes) ***

    Week 15: December 12          ***Final Exam ***      

    Internet resources: (From Brannick et al.)

      O*NET Resource Center
    This is the main O*NET web site that provides access to all things O*NET, including the the online O*NET database and the questionnaires used to collect data.

      O*NET (Department of Labor site)
    This is the main Department of Labor (DOL) web site that provides an overview of O*NET and provides links to a variety of O*NET applications. The DOL is the government sponsor of O*NET.

      Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT)
    For those of you simply cannot do without the classic Dictionary of Occupational Titles, the Office of Administrative Law Judges have you covered. They have put online all the DOT job titles (although not in as convenient form as O*NET). Enjoy!

      Standard Occupational Classification (SOC)
    O*NET data is collected on the occupations contained in the Standard Occupational Classification. In case you're wondering what the SOC is, the Bureau of Labor Statistics is your best buddy.

      Job Analysis Discussion List
    This is an email based discussion list run by R.J. Harvey in which questions are emailed to a list of subscribers. Although this list is not very active, when questions are posted, responses are typically swift and comprehensive.

      OPM Job Analysis Methodology
    Ever wonder how the Office of Personnel Management conducts a job analysis? Wonder no more. Their process is online, complete with sample worksheets.

      Position Analysis Questionnaire (PAQ)
    The PAQ is one of the classic job analysis systems. They are alive and online.

    To calculate ICC with SPSS:


    Ghorpade, J. V. (1988). Job Analysis: A handbook for the human resources director. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall.
        ISBN 0-13-510256-0. Langsdale Library: HF 55H9.J6; G48.