Industrial Psychology
(INP 3004)

Instructor: Dr. Stephen J. Vodanovich

Phone: 474-2944; e-mail:
Office: Bldg. 41, Room 220


Text: Muchinsky, P. M., & Culbertson, S. S. (2015). Psychology Applied to Work (11th edition).


Useful I-O Sites:

Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Academy of Management

Human Factors & Ergonomics Society

Center for Creative Leadership

Society for Human Resource Management

Occupational Safety & Health Network

International Public Management Association for Human Resources

~ Primary Learning Objectives ~


Students will be able to:

1) Summarize the important historical events and people in the field of industrial psychology.

2)  Describe the various types of research designs used in the field as well as the basic statistical and psychometric methods that are crucial for the development

     of psychological tests (e.g., mean, standard deviation, reliability, validity).

3) Explain and evaluate the various selection measures used in the Industrial Psychology (e.g., interviews, biodata, ability tests, assessment centers, work samples)

4) Explain the theories related to understanding (and improving) organizational issues such as satisfaction, motivation, and leadership and the strengths and weaknesses of each..


5) Demonstrate how the theories and research in industrial-organizational psychology can be applied to help solve real-world problems.


6)  Describe the approaches available for training and assessing the performance of employees and the pros and cons of each.

7) Discuss the complex issues facing industrial psychology today (e.g., privacy concerns, globalization, technology use) and how these issues affect

     workers, organizations, and society.


Approximate Timeline








Historical Background of I-O


I-O History







Research Methods [Research Process, Levels of measurement, Basic statistics, Normal curve, Correlation]







Standards for Decision Making [Work/Job Analysis, Sources of Information, Task & KSA  Statements, Criteria, Job Evaluation, Performance Criteria]







Predictors: Psychological Assessments

[Reliability & Validity, Types of Assessment Devices]




1, 2, 3, 4







Test # 1 


Personnel Decisions

[Recruitment, Decision-Making Strategies]









Personnel Decision Slides


Study Guide Test # 1




Organizational Learning [Training Needs Assessment, Techniques, Evaluation Methods, Management Development]






Performance Management [Functions/Uses, Types of Data,
Sources of Information, Legal Issues]

Performance Management Slides

Study Guide for Test # 2





5, 6, 7


Test # 2







Affect, Attitudes and & Behavior at Work [Job Satisfaction, Organizational Justice, Commitment]


Organizational Attitude Slides





Motivation [e.g., Expectancy Theory, Goal Setting Theory, Self-Regualtion Theory, Work Design Theory]






Leadership [Basic approaches/theories]


Leadership Slides







Workplace Psychological Health


Health Slides

Study Guide for Test # 3






10, 11, 12, 13

Test # 3



Note: Information beyond that which is included in your text will be covered during class lectures. You will

be responsible for this material since it will be covered on the tests. So, if you miss a class session, it is advisable to

contact other students to learn about the nature of the material that you missed.


It is your responsibility to arrive to class on time in order to avoid disruption to the lecture and other students. If

you do arrive late for some reason, please enter the classroom quietly and take the nearest seat that is available

to you. Also, please turn cell phones off (or on "vibrate") while class is in session.


It is in your best interest to not miss any of the exams. Make-up examinations will only be granted with approval

of the instructor. If you cannot take an exam on the scheduled date, you need to submit a written notice

(e-mail is fine), with any supporting justification (e.g., a doctor's note), before the exam date if possible. 

Your statement, and possibly a meeting with the instructor, will be used to decide whether a make-up test

is allowable.

~ Extra Credit Oppoortunity ~

Psychology Research Pool (PRP) Participation


This course is included in the Psychology Research Pool (PRP) at UWF, meaning you may also earn ArgoPoints for this class by completing research activities. ArgoPoints are research participation credits that will be translated into course credit at the end of the semester. These activities are designed to enhance your understanding of current psychological research. Sign up for an account for the PRP system at


There are 2 options for earning ArgoPoints through the PRP:


Option 1 Participating in research studies. You can earn ArgoPoints by being a participant in a research study through the PRP. You can find a list of current studies on the PRP webpage at Studies may be in a laboratory setting on campus or may be research completed online. You will earn 1 ArgoPoint for every half hour of participation, and 1 additional point for participating in laboratory studies or for completing multi-session studies. For each ArgoPoint you earn, you will receive 1 point of research credit in this course. You can earn a maximum of 3 ArgoPoints for this course from the PPP.  Any extra points that you earn will be added to your final average across three tests.


Option 2:  Reading Psychological Research. If you do not want to participate in a study or you cannot participate in a study (e.g., no time slots fit your schedule, you do not fit the participant criteria, etc.), you can also earn ArgoPoints by reading and summarizing an empirical journal article. Each study will have ONE paper associated with the study. You can read that study instead of participating in the study. If you participate in the study, you cannot also do the paper associated with THAT study. You can find a list of approved articles as well as instructions on how to complete and submit article summaries by emailing the PRP Coordinator. All articles must be turned in to the PRP Coordinator,, (NOT your professor) by 5 pm on the day of the deadline as listed below.


You may choose to earn ArgoPoints by completing only Option 1, only Option 2, or any combination of both Options 1 and 2. You can track your ArgoPoints online at All PRP related questions should be sent to the PRP Coordinator at


The deadline for the participation is as follows:

C Term:
Study Participation: July 27th at 5 PM
Alternative Assignment: July 15th at 5 PM


Additional rules of the PRP:

    • You cannot use the credits for more than one course.
    • Sometimes a study will offer a choice of monetary incentive. You cannot choose both.
    • If your article summary shows signs of plagiarism (e.g., language comes directly from the article, or the summary has also been submitted by another student, etc.), the incident will be reported to Student Affairs.


Grading Criteria: 3 tests worth 33.3% each


Grading scale
90 & above
59 and below