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Industrial/Organizational Psychology: An Applied Approach (8th Ed., 2016) by M.G. Aamodt; ISBN: 978-1-305-11842-3
In addition to the text, there are a number of readings that can be downloaded from this web page. These readings are listed at the end of the syllabus.
The format for the classes in this course will be primarily lecture and discussion, with a number of in-class activities. Your final grade will be the percentage of possible points that you accumulate out of the total possible points on three examinations, three quizzes based upon outside readings, and four class projects. Each quiz will be worth 10 points toward you final grade. No make up tests will be given without prior permission and a very good excuse. The tests will be based on the textbook, the outside readings, and class lectures. The third test will be given during final examination week, but it is not a comprehensive final exam.
(A = 93-100%)
(A- = 90-92%)
(B+ = 88-89%)
(B = 83-87%)
(C = 73-77%)
(D = 63-67%)
(F = anything < 60%)
Your learning will be assessed by the quality of the written work that you hand in and your performance on a series of three examinations. Every course that you take is designed to help you acquire knowledge and skills. The departmental learning goals & competencies assessed in this course include the following:
1) Effectively and ethically apply the scientific method to studying the mind, the brain,
2) Understand the basic theoretical approaches and classic empirical findings of
3) Effectively communicate with clear, grammatically-correct writing.
Goal #1 will be assessed via the job analysis project
Goal # 2 listed above will be assessed via the tests & quizzes.
Goal# 3 will be assessed via all of the projects in the class
Employee Recruiting &
Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6; Outside
Readings #1, 2, 3, 4
Career Choice and Career Development
Holland's Occupational Preference Inventory (Project #1)
#1 (Approximate Date: Monday, October 5)
a Job Analysis (Project #2)
Chapter 7; Outside Readings #5 & 6
Evaluation Criteria (Project #3)
Designing and Evaluating Training
(Approximate Date: Monday, October 26)
The Physical Design of
readings #7, 8, 9
The Work Environment: Health,
Safety, & Job Stress
Outside Readings#10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Employee Motivation and Job
Chapters 9 & 10; Outside
Readings #15, 16, 17, 18
What Motivates You (Project #4)
#3 (During Scheduled Final Exam Time)
will engage in a wide variety of in-class activities designed to make
you more familiar with the concepts you are studying in the text. There
will be four projects that will count toward your final grade.
Three of these assignments will result in a brief written paper (a few
pages), and one is a project that involves “field
work” and a somewhat longer paper. The details of these
assignments will be presented to you in class, but a general
description of each is listed below.
Project #1 - Holland's Vocational Preference Inventory (15 points)
Dr. John L. Holland has created a very influential instrument for helping individuals to explore what occupations might be good for them to pursue. His instrument is known as The Vocational Preference Inventory (VPI). In your first class project, you will be doing a self-assessment of your occupational interests by using a shortened version of Holland's VPI, something he calls The Self-Directed Search. After analyzing your vocational interests, you will write a reflective essay in which you discuss your reactions to the results of your self-directed search.
Project #2 - Job Analysis (20 points)
Project #3 - The Problem of Criteria in Performance Evaluation (10 Points)
more difficult than it might first appear to
develop valid criteria for evaluating the performance of
employees. Your assignment in this project is to develop criteria
for evaluating the effectiveness of sales representatives for a major
toy company. The sales reps are responsible for establishing and
servicing accounts with retailers who will carry the company's toys on
its shelves. The job entails getting the retailers to purchase
toys from the company for sale to the public. The sales reps are
responsible for finding new clients as well as for keeping the old ones
satisfied. The sales reps are assigned to territories by the
company, with the more senior employees getting the choice of the most
desirable territories. Territories can differ greatly in terms of
such things as geographic area covered, population base, and average
number and size of retail stores in the territory.
assignment will be evaluated according to how
well you get around the criteria problems we have discussed, such as
contamination and the problem of using "hard" vs. "soft"
criteria. In your proposal, be very specific about exactly what
measurements would be used, when they will be taken, how often they
will be taken, and so on. Be sure to defend your decision.
The length of your memo should be no more than 2 or 3 pages.
Project #4 – Understanding What Motivates you (10 points)
There are many different incentives to get employees to work hard. Some of these incentives are intrinsic motivators, which are qualities of the work itself that make work tasks absorbing, enjoyable, and satisfying. Other incentives are extrinsic in nature, in that they are outcomes of the work such as money and status that enable an individual to acquire other things that are important to him or her. In this project, you will be presented with a ling list of possible motivators. From this, you will select a shorter list of things that you think will be most important to you on the job that you get after college. You will then do an analysis of this selected list and write a reflective essay about the types of work incentives are most relevant to you.
put copies of the Powerpoint slides that I used in class on the
web. To see copies of the PPT slides that were
used in the lectures for this course, click on the picture of the