PSYC5514 Assessment and Selection

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
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.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of the major concepts relevant to the science and practice of employee selection and (2) critically evaluate and select assessment instruments; and for that instrument, administer the instrument, interpret results, and provide feedback on the results to employers and potential employees.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class practicals; (2) in-class test; (3) case-study assignment; and (4) attendance. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the attendance component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Serena Wee
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (53580) or the Doctor of Philosophy/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)
PSYC5714 Assessment and Selection for Psychologists
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials: 36 hours (12 x 3 hours). Attendance to lectures is compulsory.
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