UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

PSYC5514 Assessment and Selection

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit covers the application of psychological theory and methods for the purpose of ensuring that the particular individuals hired by an organisation are likely to be successful employees. Basic concepts used to assess the quality of selection instruments are covered (e.g. validity, reliability, adverse impact, test bias and utility). In addition, the contemporary scientific evidence about various approaches to personnel selection (e.g. cognitive ability tests, employment interviews, personality questionnaires, assessment centres, etc.) are covered. Unit content is addressed from the perspective of scholarly research as well as applied practice. Throughout the semester, students are continuously exposed to empirical research and scholarly investigation as it applies to selection and assessment, as well as the practicalities of developing and running a selection process. The unit is designed to further students' knowledge of selection and assessment at an advanced level and to give practical exposure to running selection and assessment processes.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand the major forms of psychometric instruments used in the selection of employees; (2) select appropriate tests for different job specifications, administer, interpret and feed the results back to potential employees; and (3) understand the mechanics of employee assessment and know how to demonstrate different forms of validity as well as utility of the test.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) three in-class practicals (these practicals are linked); (2) in-class test; and (3) case-study assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Patrick Dunlop
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (coursework and dissertation) (53580) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (01880/54580) or the Master of Business Psychology (73550) or the Master of Commerce (Advanced) (coursework) (41650) or the Master of Professional Accounting (Advanced) (coursework) (42610) or the Master of Commerce (coursework) (41680) or the Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations (coursework) (41660)
Contact hours lectures/tutorials: 36 hours (13 x 3 hours). Attendance to lectures is compulsory.
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/PSYC5514/SEM-1/2017
Note Students enrolled in an APAC accredited program must hold provisional registration as a psychologist. It is the students' responsibility to ensure registration eligibility. Enrolled students are also responsible for maintaining provisional registration for the duration of their enrolment in the program.

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