Psychology 654

PSYC 654: Performance Appraisal

Prerequisite: Psychology 651 or permission of instructor

Credit Hours: (3)

Covers major methods of appraising employee performance and utilizing these appraisals to improve employee productivity.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The course will survey the current techniques and literature dealing with the appraisal of employee performance. Objective
criteria such as productivity and absenteeism, and subjective rating scales including Behaviorally Anchored Rating Scales,
Forced Choice Scales, Goal Setting, and Critical Incidents will be discussed. Legal issues, performance appraisal interviews, and uses of performance appraisal will also be covered.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Course will include formal lecture, discussion, and hands-on projects.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of the theory and application of performance appraisal.


Assessment Measures

Graded assignments may include essay exams, several performance appraisal projects, and in-class projects.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

5/94 Updated and put Alastair V. E. Harris in new format

Revised: March 10, 1999

Revised: 12/8/04 (Prerequisite change.)

Revised: 5/7/09 (Prerequisite change.)