PSYb1110 Personnel Psychology

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
doc. PhDr. Martin Vaculík, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ing. Mgr. Jakub Procházka, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Ludmila Dudášová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Tomáš Kratochvíl (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Marcela Leugnerová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Martin Vaculík, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
Wed 14. 10. 14:00–15:40 P52, Wed 11. 11. 14:00–15:40 P52, Wed 25. 11. 14:00–15:40 P52, Wed 9. 12. 14:00–15:40 P52, Wed 13. 1. 14:00–15:40 P52
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
PSYb1110/01: Wed 14. 10. 16:00–17:40 U23, Wed 11. 11. 16:00–17:40 U23, Wed 25. 11. 16:00–17:40 U23, Wed 9. 12. 16:00–17:40 U23, Wed 13. 1. 16:00–17:40 U23, L. Dudášová, T. Kratochvíl, M. Leugnerová, J. Procházka, M. Vaculík
PSYb1110/03: Wed 21. 10. 16:00–17:40 U23, Wed 4. 11. 16:00–17:40 U23, Wed 18. 11. 16:00–17:40 U23, Wed 2. 12. 16:00–17:40 U23, Wed 16. 12. 16:00–17:40 U23, Wed 6. 1. 16:00–17:40 U23, L. Dudášová, T. Kratochvíl, M. Leugnerová, J. Procházka, M. Vaculík
PSYb1110/04: Wed 21. 10. 18:00–19:40 U23, Wed 4. 11. 18:00–19:40 U23, Wed 18. 11. 18:00–19:40 U23, Wed 2. 12. 18:00–19:40 U23, Wed 16. 12. 18:00–19:40 U23, Wed 6. 1. 18:00–19:40 U23, L. Dudášová, T. Kratochvíl, M. Leugnerová, J. Procházka, M. Vaculík
Prerequisites (in Czech)
(! PSY111 Personnel Psychology ) && ( SEMESTR ( 5 ) || SEMESTR ( 6 ) || SEMESTR ( 7 ) || SEMESTR ( 8 ) || SEMESTR ( 9 ) || SEMESTR ( 10 ))
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
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Course objectives
The course focuses on psychological work with people and teams within an organization. The aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge and skills that will help them to increase the effectiveness of psychological work with employees from the moment of their first contact with a future employer till the end of their career in an organization. Students will learn how to select and retain employees effectively and how to enhance both individual and team performance.

The key part of the curriculum is to learn basic theories of personnel psychology, discuss their possible application, and train application of methods and procedures used in practice. Students also learn where and how to find up-to-date and valid information to broaden their knowledge, as well as to critically reflect on the information.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students will be able to:
a. define work psychology, describe core values of work psychology;
b. apply work psychology theory and knowledge;
c. understand how to critically evaluate theory and research in work psychology;

d. describe and apply criteria used for personnel selection;
e. outline and apply the personnel selection design and validation process;
f. describe and use different job analysis techniques;
g. list personnel selection methods and specify their advantages and disadvantages;
h. compare different methods of assessing work performance and name their advantages and disadvantages;
i. describe core approaches to motivation and explain how they could affect productivity at work;
j. evaluate different motivation systems;
k. explain how learning theories can be used to inform the training design;
l. identify potential barriers to the successful transfer of learning to the workplace and how these might be addressed;
m. evaluate different models of training evaluation;
n. explain factors that influence team performance;
  • 1. Work psychology: an initial orientation
  • 2. The foundation of personnel selection: Analysing job, competencies and selection effectiveness
  • 3. Personnel selection and assessment methods
  • 4. Assessing performance at work
  • 5. Approaches to work motivation
  • 6. Training and development
  • 7. Teams and teamwork
    required literature
  • ARNOLD, John and Ray RANDALL. Work psychology : understanding human behaviour in the workplace. 5th ed. New York: Financial Times Prentice Hall, 2010. xxix, 814. ISBN 9780273711216. info
  • VACULÍK, Martin. Assessment centrum: psychologie ve výběru a rozvoji lidí (Assessment center method: psychology of selection and personal development). Brno: NC Publishing, a.s., 2010. 202 pp. Gaia. ISBN 978-80-903858-8-7. info
    recommended literature
  • WOODS, Stephen A. and Michael A. WEST. The psychology of work and organizations. Andover: South-Western/Cengage Learning, 2010. xviii, 598. ISBN 9781408018866. info
Teaching methods
lectures, seminars, class discussion, team projects, reading, tests
Assessment methods
Team assignments: 20 points
Written tests: 40 points
Voluntary seminar presentations (extra points): 6 points
Seminars are voluntary.

Grades: A (60 – 55 points), B (54 – 49 points), C (48 – 43 points), D (42 – 38 points), E (37 – 33 points), F (32 and less points).
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019.
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