Industrial Psychology
P233 (J699), Fall 1997
Tuesdays/Thursdays 7:30-8:45pm
Crestview 207

Instructor:   Dr. Patrick McCarthy
                             Office: Crestview 017
                              Phone: 941-2264
E-mail Address:
Internet Homepage Address:

Office Hours:   Mondays 7:00-7:30pm;
                             Tuesdays 11:00-12:00, & 7:00-7:30pm;
                             Thursdays 12:00-1:00pm;
                             or by appointment

Course Objective
This course will introduce you to the major aspects of industrial psychology.  You will learn how industrial psychologists study and apply psychological principles and research methods to a variety of personnel issues, and their relevance to settings and situations of particular interest to you. Course Overview
Industrial psychology, also known as personnel psychology, utilizes scientifically-based psychological principles and research methods to improve the effectiveness and fairness of human resources management decisions. Thus, industrial psychology is an applied field relevant to virtually all work settings (and many non-work settings).

Since every student brings different experiences to this class, you are a valuable resource for important contributions to this class. Sharing experiences, questions, and opinions often 'bring the material to life' and make it more interesting and relevant for everyone. Thus, your participation in class discussions, and your input and questions in other ways (including via e-mail) will be expected throughout the semester.

The readings and lectures will cover the fundamental concepts of this course. While the lectures will often overlap with the readings, we will also cover a significant amount of material in class that is not presented in the readings.

You will be expected to have read the assigned material for each class in advance and be prepared for a quiz at the start of class. Thus, you will get an initial exposure to the material from the readings, before we cover it in class. This is so that we can do more in class than merely lecture over material you otherwise would know little about. Instead, you will be better prepared to participate in class discussions, we will be able to focus more time on areas you find most interesting or difficult, and we will have greater flexibility to work with the material via in-class activities.

If you are not able to attend class on a particular day, you are still responsible for all material covered that day--including all announcements, assignments (and their deadlines), and lecture content. There will be no make-up opportunities for exams, quizzes, in-class exercises, or other assignments--even if you did not attend a particular class. Please be aware that since in-class exercises may not always be announced in advance, missing a class puts you at risk for receiving a zero on an exercise even if you were unaware that we were going to have the exercise that day.

Take-home assignments will be given throughout the semester as well. Some of these assignments will require you to use the internet. You will also need to use e-mail on occasion. If you have no prior experience with the internet or with e-mail, IUS offers "jumpstart" lessons for either that can teach you all you need to know in one brief session. You can also go to an IUS computer lab (such as Crestview 112) and ask the lab assistant to show you how to use either. They are usually very helpful in quickly bringing you up to speed (as long as you are polite in asking).

1. Average score on the quizzes, assignments, and exercises equals 25% of course grade
    (100 points possible)
    * Before calculating this average score, your lowest score on quizzes/assignments/exercises
       will be dropped
2. Exams 1-3 each equal 25% of course grade (100 points possible for each)
3. Your Final Exam score replaces your lowest previous exam score or your
    quiz/assignment/exercise average (whichever is lower); if your Final Exam score is lowest,
     then it will be dropped.
4. Course grade:   A = 370 pts,   A- = 360 pts
      B+ = 348 pts,   B = 332 pts,   B- = 320 pts
      C+ = 308 pts,   C = 292 pts,   C- = 280 pts
      D+ = 268 pts,   D = 252 pts,   D- = 240 pts
      F = below 240 pts

Because of the opportunity to drop your lowest scores, there will be no make-up exams, quizzes, or exercises. Also, assignments will not be accepted late (unless announced otherwise in class). As a result, if you miss an exam (and receive a score of zero), your final exam score will replace that zero. If you complete everything but simply have a bad day somewhere along the way, the final exam will be your opportunity to replace your lowest score.

On the other hand, suppose you work hard consistently throughout the semester and have earned enough points for the grade you want before December 11th. Do you still have to take the final? No, because you will have already shown that you have earned that grade.

Text:  Spector, Paul E. (1996). Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Research and Practice.
           New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

All course guidelines, including course schedule, topics, assignments, and grading criteria, are subject to change at the instructor's discretion.

If you need classroom accommodations or materials in an alternate format due to a disability, please see me after class or during office hours within the first three weeks of class.

Tentative Course Schedule

Thursday, December 11

Copyright 1997 Patrick M. McCarthy 
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Last updated: 28 August 1997
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