Syllabus for IOP-610



Psychological Factors in Selecting and Growing Organizational Talent is a graduate level course that covers the trajectory of the hiring process, from writing an effective job recruitment advertisement to recruitment strategies, interviewing, and selection, with an emphasis on the psychological factors that play a role in these stages. The course further addresses employee management issues that arise after hiring, such as placement, appraisal, satisfaction and productivity, retention, and human factors considerations.



After completing this course, you should be able to:

CO1        Apply principles of employee selection to the hiring process.

CO2        Evaluate the use of selection tools in meeting organizational and human capital objectives.

CO3        Summarize the role of multiculturalism and diversity in the hiring process.

CO4        Interpret the principles of hiring within the context of current news items.

CO5        Assess the needs of an organization with regard to employee recruitment and selection.

CO6        Consider the factors related to employee growth beyond the hiring process.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook(s)

ISBN-13: 978-0-7879-9648-2

        ISBN-13: 978-0470986462

ISBN-13: 978-1433805615

Note: Several of the assignments will require you to perform research and find outside sources of information. The EBSCOhost and ProQuest research databases are available to students through the myEdison portal. To access them, locate the My Resources block within the portal. Under the Educational tab you will find links to EBSCOhost and ProQuest. You can also access online databases through the New Jersey State Library, but you must first sign up for a free library card. Sign up at


Psychological Factors in Selecting and Growing Organizational Talent is a three-credit online course consisting of eight (8) modules.  Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities.  Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and complete a final paper. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in eight (8) graded discussion forums within modules. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. There is also an ungraded but required introduction forum in Module 1.

Consult the Evaluation Rubrics folder for a grading rubric for discussion forums.

News Forums

You are required to participate in five (5) graded news forums within modules. For each of the news forums, you will select and discuss a recent news clip, short video, article, commentary, blog posting, etc. related to a specific topic associated with the module.

Consult the Evaluation Rubrics folder for a grading rubric for news forums.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete six (6) written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. All written assignments should be formatted using APA style.

To view a grading rubric for each of the written assignments, click on the assignment link in Moodle within each individual module.

Final Paper

You are required to complete a final paper of 8 to 10 pages (2000-2500 words) formatted in APA style. Details on the final paper can be found in the Final Paper overview.

To view a grading rubric for the final paper, click on the assignment link in Moodle.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:


















Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


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Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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