96136 - Personnel Psychology

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Cesena
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology (cod. 5829)

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will: - know methods to assess personnel performance at different levels, in order to develop performance-focused interventions - be able to develop a project in personnel psychology for the organizational management.

Course contents

The course pursues the general objective to introduce the students to the organizational processes implicated in the heterogeneous activities of management of the personnel by their entry, permanence up to the different forms of separation.

The main topics concern the personnel psychology point of view concerning:

1) the role of the human resources function concerning the organizational strategy too;

2) essential elements on compensation;

3) computerized human resource information systems;

3) staff, turnover/absenteeism;

4) career management;

5) recruitment and personnel selection process.

The topics will be analyzed/presented in terms of inclusive, sustainable industrialization, multiculturality, innovation, and diversity management too, as indicated by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Readings will be suggested together with every activity, mainly as chapters of the handbook and papers from scientific or professional journals. However, the following items may be considered as relevant references:

Dessler G. (2018). Fundamentals of Human Resource Management IV edition. Pearson. (chapters that will be presented in lessons).

Breaugh, J., A. (2013). Employee recruitment. Annual Review of Psychology, 64, 389–416.

Slides of teacher.

Teaching methods

The course has been designed and is based on student's active participation so that students are requested to attend all the planned units of the course systematically. However, didactic methods that will be used to improve knowledge/competencies are lecture & questions, group work assignments and exercises, small group discussion, student oral presentation, the student paper, and student reading. Expert practitioners will be invited to present organizational cases.

Assessment methods

Summative assessment (useful for grading marks) will be adopted on the basis of two individual structured assignments, which are discussion papers (4/5 pages) based on an organizational case. They’ll regard the topics of the course. Everyone will account for 1/3 of the final mark.

The performance will be assessed against the following criteria:

- Conceptual clarity

- Correct use of theoretical issues

- Serious considerations and critical thinking

Teaching tools

- Overhead projector, PowerPoint, hand-pencil instruments
- Teaching material will be downloaded from the teacher's web page
- E-learning platform

Office hours

See the website of Marco Giovanni Mariani


Gender equality Decent work and economic growth Industry, innovation and infrastructure

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.