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SAMPLE SYLLABUS

THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN - DEARBORN

DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
Course: Psychology 431: Organizational Entry

Instructor: Dr. Marie Waung

Office: 4061 CASL Building

Phone: 313-593-5143

E-mail: mwaung@umd.umich.edu
The course will examine the psychological aspects of the organizational entry process. The focus will be on staffing decisions as they impact job candidate and employee attitudes and behavior. Topics to be covered include recruitment, selection, orientation, socialization, and training. Prior to covering the aforementioned topics, research methods techniques and basic employment law will be taught.
The course is aimed at providing students with a broader perspective of human behavior in organizations and should help students to integrate knowledge obtained from other Industrial-Organizational (I/O) psychology and Management courses.


Course Format: The class will be conducted entirely on-line using lectures stored on CD-Rom, e-mail, and a course web page on which students will receive announcements and updates, participate in class discussions, and complete assignments. Ability to use a computer modem from home or access to a computer lab is essential. Students must obtain a campus account, x.500 account, and uniquename from the ITS Accounts Office in 1150 CW (Computer Wing) prior to beginning the course.
Text: Heneman, H. G., III, Judge, T. A., & Heneman, R. L. (2002). Staffing Organizations, fourth edition. Middleton, Wisconsin: Irwin-McGraw-Hill.
Lecture: Lectures will emphasize key points. In addition, some material will be presented in more detail than the book, and some material not covered by the book will be presented. You will be responsible for material presented in lecture and assigned readings.
Course Requirements: Your final course grade will be based on 3 exams, a journal article review, and class participation via the course web page.
1) Exams. There will be three 100-point exams given throughout the term. Exams will consist of multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions. Each exam will cover only the material presented since the previous exam. In other words, each exam is non-cumulative.
2) Journal Review. The journal review will be worth 40 points. You will select, review, and critique a journal article. The topic of the article should relate to the field of Industrial/Organizational psychology in general and organizational entry in particular. The journal articles may not come from the list of assigned readings. A list of acceptable journals will be provided, along with instructions for reviewing the articles.
3) Web Assignments and Class Discussions. Students will complete assignments and participate in discussions on the course web page. Assignment and discussion participation combined will be worth 60 points.

Final Grades: Grades will be based on the percentage of points earned out of 400 total points.

Below is an approximate grade distribution.


Percentage Final Grade

94 and above A

90-93 A-

87-89 B+


84-86 B

80-83 B-


77-79 C+

74-76 C


70-73 C-

67-69 D+


64-66 D

60-63 D-


59 and below E

The University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students need to register with Disability Resource Services (DRS) every semester they are taking classes.


Plagiarism, cheating, or any other honor code violation will result in failure of the course.

Week Topic Readings

1 Staffing Strategies and HR Planning Chapter 1

2 Research Methods Overview Lecture only

3 Employment Laws and Regulations Chapter 3


Exam 1
4 and 5

Recruitment Chapters 5

Organizational Image

Characteristics of the Recruitment Message

Realism in Recruitment

Job Choice Process

6 and 7


Validation Chapters 4

Job Analysis/Performance Criteria

Validity Generalization
Course Pack readings for Exam 2 (See Xanedu course pack):
Estell, L. (2002). Military Intelligence. Incentive, 176. 12-16.
Gatewood, R. D., & Lautenschlager, G. J. (1993). Corporate image, recruitment image, and initial job choice decisions. Academy of Management Journal, 36, 414-427.
Bretz, R. D., & Judge, T. A. (1998). Realistic job previews: A test of the adverse self-selection hypothesis. Journal of Applied Psychology, 83, 330-337.
Palmer, H. & Valet, W. (2001). Job analysis: targeting needed skills. Employment Relations Today, 85-92.
Exam 2

8 and 9


Selection Chapters 7-9

Reliability and validity

Application blanks; references; biodata;

knowledge, skill, and ability testing;

personality inventories; integrity tests

structured interviews; job knowledge test;

work samples
10 and 11

Orientation and Socialization Text pp. 603-607

Informational Orientation Programs

Coping Orientation Programs

Dynamics of Organizational Socialization

Socialization as an Active Process
12 and 13 Training

Training Needs Assessment

Training Design

Transfer of Training

Evaluation of Training
Course Pack readings for Exam 3 (See Xanedu course pack):
Mahaffey, C. (1999). The first 30 days: The most critical time to influence employee success. Employment Relations Today, 53-60.
Wanous, J. P. & Reichers, A. E. (2000). New employee orientation. Human Resource Management Review, 10, 435-451.
Anakwe, U. P., & Greenhaus, J. H. (1999). Effective socialization of employees: Socialization content perspective. Journal of Managerial Issues, 11, 315-329.
Fritz, J. M. H., Arnett, R. C., & Conkel, M. (1999). Organizational ethical standards and organizational commitment. Journal of Business Ethics, 20, 289-299.

Hakim, D. (2001). Ford Motor workers get on the job training in religious tolerance. New York Times.


Rossett, A. (1999). Knowledge management meets analysis. Training & Development, 53, 62-68.
Salas, E., & Cannon-bowers, J. A. (2001). The science of training: A decade of progress. Annual Review of Psychology, 52, 471-499.

Journal Article Review due.
Exam 3


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