ULMS Electronic Module Catalogue

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Title Psychological Assessment at Work
Code ULMS884
Coordinator Prof SA Woods
Work, Organisation and Management
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 7 FHEQ First Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):


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Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on an optional basis:


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   10



Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 115


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
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Penalty for late
Individual assignment Standard UoL penalty applies Anonymously assessed There is a resit opportunity  -3000 words    100       


In order to meet the needs of Stage 1 of the BPS Qualification in Occupational Psychology, this module aims to development knowledge, critical understanding and practical skills in the area of psychological assessment at work. The module content aims to equip students with both theoretical and practical insight into the crucial role that assessment plays in organisations, from the point of pre-selection and recruitment, through to appraisal, performance management, learning and development and organisational change. Further, the module aims to provide students with the evidence-based knowledge and practical skills necessary to conduct an effective job analysis. The module will also cover a wide range of selection methods (for example, screening tools, employment interviews, psychometric testing, situational judgement tests, work sample tests, and assessment centres) and the evidence base for each of these. By critically examining the constructs of validity, reliability, utility and performance criteria, students will be able to make informed decisions regarding the suitability of different selection methods in specific contexts. Students will also gain an appreciation for the importance of diversity and fairness in selection and assessment design as well as the importance of considering candidate perceptions and experiences in ethical decision making. The module will be delivered via a series of lectures, seminars and a practical skills workshop. Assessment will comprise an individual assignment.

In order to consolidate the learning undertaken in this module, students will be provided with an opportunity to complete BPS-accredited Certificates in Occupational Test User Ability and Personality which will take place during the summer. However, the Test User course does not have any bearing on the credits or assessment associated with this module.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to recognise and critique the strategic importance of assessment in organisations and the role that assessment processes play in pre-selection and recruitment, appraisal, promotion, training and talent management, through to the eventual impact on the wider organisation.

(LO2) Students will be able to understand and appraise key psychological and psychometric theories and models that inform best practice in assessment including individual differences in personality and cognitive ability, practical skills in psychometric test construction and the use of online testing and assessment.

(LO3) Students will be able to interpret methods of job analysis and apply practical skills in capability profiling and competency analysis.

(LO4) Students will be able to understand and critically evaluate different selection and assessment methods available to organisations using the concepts of reliability, validity, utility and performance criteria.

(LO5) Students will be able to understand the importance of fairness, diversity and candidate perspectives in the selection and design of assessment methods.

(S1) Teamwork. Students will be required to work together as a team to deliver group presentations on the module.

(S2) Ethical awareness. Students will be exposed to the BPS ethics framework and the responsibilities that employers have for equal opportunity, diversity and fairness in selection and assessment processes.

(S3) Problem solving. Students will be exposed to case studies and organisational problems and will develop solutions using module content.

(S4) Communication skills. Students will be expected to communicate effectively with their teammates and module facilitators in the development and delivery of their group presentation.

(S5) Numeracy. Students will develop quantitative skills by using psychometric data to examine the concepts of validity and reliability.

(S6) Digital literacy. Students will be required to develop a engaging presentations through the use of various digital technologies and multi-media.

(S7) Commercial awareness. Students will gain an understanding of how psychometric and diagnostic tools are developed and used for commercial purposes, and will develop skills in test construction and pitching consultancy services to business.

(S8) International awareness. Students will be exposed to different cultural perspectives, norms and values by considering module content from a globalised international perspective.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Hybrid delivery, with social distancing on campus.

Online asynchronous learning materials x 20 hours
Recorded lectures, and assigned activities will introduce key topics and concepts which will be explored and applied further in seminars.
Directed online learning must be completed before the respective seminar session.

Face-to-face seminars x 10 hours
Seminars will be designed to support the lecture content by providing students with the opportunity to critically discuss models, concepts and theories, and apply them to practical examples such as case studies. Some will incorporate workshop-type activities.

Synchronous online tutorials x 5 hours
Weekly online tutorials will enable discussion, Q&A and exploration of key topics and content.

Self-directed learning x 115 hours
Students will use self-directed learning hours to engage in the following activities: individual assignment preparation, key and recommended reading, consolidatio n of lecture topics, wider self-directed reading, use of online resources (e.g., videos) to support learning.



The module will introduce new subject matter not yet considered in the programme, and will cover the following indicative topics:

The strategic role of assessment for organisations and its impact on individuals;

The role of job analysis in selection and assessment – capability profiling and competency analysis;

Selection methods such as screening tools, employment interviews, psychometric testing, situational judgement tests, work sample tests, and assessment centres;

Standards for selecting assessment methods – validity, reliability, utility and performance criteria;

Individual differences – psychological theories of personality and cognitive ability;

Psychometric test construction and administration;

The consideration of diversity, fairness and candidate reactions in selection and assessment;

Psychological assessment in the context of appraisal and performance management;

Practitioner insights; key consider ations for the application of theory and methods in professional practice.

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at readinglists.liverpool.ac.uk. Click here to access the reading lists for this module.