FALL 2010

PSY 376

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Laurence E. Heglar, PhD
Monday - Thursday
15:00 - 18:00
By Appointment

Course Description:

Introduction to the main concepts in psychology applicable to "industry" and "employment". Emphasized are psychololgical principles as they relate to management, labor and public relations as well as perspectives for technology, education and leisure time.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
Basic Text:
Spector, Paul E., Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Research and Practice, 5th ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2008. ISBN 0470129182.

Additional Readings: There will be readings and notes in addition to the Basic Text in this course. Students should download readings and notes from the Course Syllabus web page at Click on the course title.

Use of the Internet: Students are expected to use the internet during this course. The following resources are being made available:
Course syllabus: This syllabus is online at This is in case you lose your paper copy, and you will need this syllabus to visit selected websites and to download selected readings.
Supportive web sites: As part of your assignment on certain days, you should use the link on the Course Syllabus to peruse the selected web site pertaining to the day's topic.

Schedule of Topics and Assignments

Note: This syllabus is subject to change. Your instructor will inform you of changes in class.

Sept. 7 Industrial Psychology in Context:
History and Goals
Text: Ch. 1: Introduction
First day class notes
They're Micromanaging Your Every Move .doc file
Study Questions Ch. 1
Sept. 8 Research Methods
Basic Concepts of Research Design
Text: Ch. 2
Class notes on Research Methods
Sept. 9 Research Methods
Measurement and Statistics
Text: Ch. 2
Sept. 10 Research Methods
Article Evaluation
Article Evaluation Instructions
Study Questions Ch. 2
Sept. 13 Job Analysis Text: Ch. 3
Study Questions Ch. 3
Sept. 14 Performance Appraisal Text: Ch. 4
Sept. 15 Performance Appraisal Text: Ch. 4
Study Questions Ch. 4
Sept. 16 Midterm Exam
Sept. 20 Assessment Methods for Selection and Placement Text: Ch. 5
Personality Tests do not Predict Job Performance
Personality Testing and Legal Issues
Sept. 21 Assessment Methods for Selection and Placement Text: Ch. 5
Study Questions Ch. 5
Sept. 22 Selecting Employees Text: Ch. 6
Sept. 23 Selecting Employees Text: Ch. 6
Study Questions Ch. 6
Sept 27 Training Text: Ch. 7
Study Questions Ch. 7
Sept. 28 Productive and Counterproductive Employee Behavior Text: Ch. 10
Sept. 29 Productive and Counterproductive Employee Behavior Text: Ch. 10
Study Questions Ch. 10
Sept. 30 Final Exam

Methodology and Grading:

Midterm Examination (essay) = 40%
Final Examination (essay) = 40%
Internet Exercises = 10%
Participation = 10%
Total = 100%

Grading Table

Grade       Schiller Grade

94 - 100    A    Sobresaliente
90 - 93      A-   Sobresaliente bajo
87 - 89      B+   Notable alto
84 - 86      B    Notable
80 - 83      B-   Notable bajo
77 - 79      C+   Aprovechado alto
70 - 76      C    Aprovechado
65 - 69      C-   Aprovechado bajo
60 - 64      D   Aprobado
59 - 0        F    Suspenso

Students should be prepared to attend and participate in all classes at Schiller International University.
Each unexcused absence will result in a penalty applied to the Final Grade; the penalty is the loss of a half of a grade point for each unexcused absence. (e.g., A to A-, A- to B+, B+ to B, B to B-, B- to C+ etc.).

Parental, friend or sweetheart visits, missed transportation connections, mild colds, headaches or hangovers, unofficial trips away from the Campus, etc. are not an acceptable pretext for missing class.
It is assumed that students will have a copy of the textbook on the first day of class. Further materials may be assigned by the instructor. These materials will either be handed out in class or may be found on the syllabus web page for downloading.

Plagiarism is the representation of another's words, ideas, programs, formulas, opinions or other products of work as one's own either overtly or by failing to attribute them to the true source, from the internet or otherwise, and is subject to disciplinary action as described under violations to the Syracuse University code of Student Conduct.

Websites about, or related to, Industrial Psychology ( I/O )

Textbook Web Site (http://
Paul Spector's Web site (the author of your text) contains updated information to supplement the textbook as well as links to many I/0-related sites. The author's own class notes are included.

Academy of Management (AOM) (
Contains information about this I/0-related association and the field itself.

American Psychological Association (APA) (
Contains information about the association, lots of psychology links, and abstractsof articles in APA journals.

Association for Psychological Science (APS) (
Another major psychological association focused mainly on science.

Human Resources - Employment Statistics (
Mostly selection oriented information and links.

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) (
Contains information about the association and its publications.

International Association of Appplied Psychology (IAAP) Organizational Psychology Division (
Contains information and links about the field in Europe.

Occupational Information Network, O*NET (
Contains information and links about the field in Europe.

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) (
Contents of TIP and lots of information about the field and about graduate programs.

A student-run resource for information about the I/O field.

The Institute of Work Psychology (IWP) (
The University of Scheffield has set up this new site for researchers, students, academics, managers, consultants and journalists interested in the intersection of psychology and work. It provides general information on the university's IWP; publications and reports about work psychology and data on past research at the institute. Research projects posted on the site incllude job control, strain and performance; psychological aging in the working population and work design for modern manufacturing systems.

The Job Stress Network (
This site, run by the Center for Social Epidemiology, a nonprofit foundation, offers the latest information on research on job strain and preventing work-related stress and injury.