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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Serena Wee
Unit rules
Enrolment in
53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology
or 01880/54580 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology
or 73550 Master of Business Psychology
or 41650 Master of Commerce (Advanced)
or 42610 Master of Professional Accounting (Advanced)
or 41680 Master of Commerce
or 41660 Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials: 36 hours (12 x 3 hours). Attendance to lectures is compulsory.
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.