Current Events

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Individual Differences & Measurement

Introductions: Making contact and introductions; locating resources; tech-check; clarifying course topics and expectations; introducing readings and first course assignments.

Assignment (1) Self-Assessment,

Readings & Resources: • Landy & Conte (2014). Chapters 2 & 3

Week Two

Job Analysis / Performance Measurement

Assignment (2) Select Paper Topic,

Readings & Resources: • Landy & Conte (2014). Chapters 4 & 5 • Allvin, M. (2008). New rules of work: exploring the boundary-less job. The individual in the changing working life. New York, N: Cambridge University Press. (pp.19-45).

Week Three 

Personnel Selection

Assignment (3) Term Paper Assignment,  Assignment (4) Position Statement I,

Readings & Resources: • Landy & Conte (2014). Chapters 6 & 11

Week Four

Job Attitudes, Motivation, & Justice

Assignment (5) Position Statement II,

 Readings & Resources: • Landy & Conte (2014). Chapters 8 & 9 • Schneider, B., Gunnarson, S., & Niles-Jolly, K. (2007). Creating the climate and culture of success. Organizational Dynamics.

You will have two options to choose from to fulfill your paper assignment.  A summary of each paper topic is described below.  CHOOSE ONE. You will be limited to 12 pages (double-spaced, APA format).

  1. Profession of Interest – Choose a profession of interest that you would like to learn more about. You must identify someone with this job title, conduct a job analysis interview, and gather information about relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the job.  Personal accounts and interviews will be incorporated to develop a well-rounded analysis of the job and its context in the organizational environment. You are expected to incorporate at least 10 academic sources and at least the popular press sources.
  2. Current Events – Choose a current-event topic relevant to those discussed in this course. You are expected to incorporate at least 10 academic sources and at least the popular press sources. These sources must link the topic to information discussed in lecture, in-class discussions, and/or text chapters.  References should come from credible newspaper, magazine, or website publications.

Suggested literary venues for this assignment can include:  Psychology Today, The New York Times, The Washington-Post, The Baton Rouge Advocate, The LSU Reveille, The Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicles of Higher Education,  http://www.cnn.com, http://www.alternet.org, http://www.thenation.org, etc.

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