1. Look for reliable, valid journal articles that discuss research and use scientific language; find ONE journal article that interests you based on a topic or chapter covered in our course during the semester (review course outline in syllabus and table of contents in textbook for possible topics and chapters).
    1. For each annotated bibliography assignment, students are required to find an industrial/organizational related, peer-reviewed, scientific journal article (newspaper or magazine articles are not acceptable) through the library electronic databases that interests you based on a particular topic or chapter covered. The journal article should report primary or original research (i.e., research that has not been previously formally published). The journal article should include the distinct sections that reflect the stages of the research process of an empirical study (i.e., the article will consist of the following sections: introduction, method, results, and discussion). Please note that strict adherence to all requirements must be followed for the assignment to be scored. In addition to the requirements above, please follow the instructions below to obtain full credit. 

The journal article you use for each annotated bibliography must not be one in use by another current student in the course/section. Per the rubric below, there will be a penalty if you submit and use another current student’s article that is currently in the Annotated Bibliography Database. Due to the requirement of students submitting and using a unique, matchless journal article for each assignment, please complete the following steps before writing each annotated bibliography:

Ø  Step 1: In a timely manner, search the library’s electronic databases and identify at least two I/O related, peer-reviewed, scientific journal articles based on empirical studies that interests you.

Ø  Step 2: In a timely manner, search the Annotated Bibliography Database by the titles of your identified journal articles to verify you will be submitting and using a unique, matchless journal article.

Ø  Step 3: After verifying your identified journal articles are unique and matchless, pick and submit your preferred ONE journal article to the Annotated Bibliography Database. This will be the official journal article you will use to write your annotated bibliography.

  1. Write your annotated bibliography. As you write your annotated bibliography, include both a summary of each journal article’s empirical study AND an evaluation of the validity and usefulness of each journal article’s empirical study.  Summary and evaluation should be in full sentences. Your annotated bibliography should be at least 4 pages EXCLUDING the title page, with your evaluation section comprising of AT LEAST 2 and half pages of the aforementioned 4 pages.
    1. Summarize the content of the empirical study by addressing the following elements of the study (do not directly quote or copy/paste from the article; please paraphrase):

                                               i.     The purposes/objectives of the study.

                                             ii.     The research methods used; data collection procedures used for the study (e.g. survey, archival, meta-analysis, experiment, naturalistic observation, interview).

                                           iii.     Major demographic characteristics of the sample pointed out/ emphasized by the researchers (e.g. number of men vs women; ethnic make-up of the sample, age, education, etc…) for the study. If meta-analysis, general characteristics/descriptions of the articles included in the analysis.

                                            iv.     Sample sizes for the study. If meta-analysis, number of articles included in the analysis.

                                             v.     Instruments/measures used during the data collection procedures for the study. Please succinctly provide an overall general description of the instruments/measures (e.g., Five surveys with a total of 20 questions were administered; urine samples were collected for five consecutive days). If meta-analysis, search engines/databases used to select relevant articles.

                                            vi.     Major, specific statistical analyses run, conducted, and/or carried out by the researchers of the study to analyze data, test the hypotheses, and/or answer the research questions (review Statistical Analyses presentation in Moodle). Do not simply allude to this information only in the results and/or only in the evaluation. Do not simply allude to the software used (i.e., SPSS) to analyze the data. If meta-analysis, inclusion and/or exclusion criteria.

                                          vii.     Results/findings for the study. Please succinctly summarize; no need to present specific statistics.

  1. Evaluate the validity and usefulness of the empirical study

                                               i.     Strengths and/or weaknesses/biases identified by you regarding the following elements of the study:

Ø  research methods

Ø  participants

Ø  sample size

Ø  instruments/measures used during the data collection procedures used for the study.

                                             ii.     Any special, unique, or interesting features about the study.

                                           iii.     Overall significance and implications of the results identified by you. Please discuss the overall significance and implications by describing the relevance of the topic to employers and employees in the workplace.

  1. Use APA citation format to cite your reference (i.e., your preferred ONE journal article used to write your annotated bibliography). According to the 7th edition APA Publication Manual, in-text citations are not required in an annotated bibliography if you are summarizing and evaluating only one article. Please refer to the APA formatting resources in our Moodle classroom. 

Possible Topics/ Objectives

Course Learning Outcomes/Objectives:

The following are the learning outcomes/objectives for Psychology 110: Introduction to Psychology:

1.     Discuss the field of I/O psychology and identify, evaluate, and apply the basic research methods used in I/O psychology

2.     Describe the uses of job analysis and apply the steps of a jobs analysis

3.     Discuss the legal process involving employment law and the classes of people that are protected by federal law and evaluate the legality of an employment practice

4.     Discuss the prevailing recruitment strategies and interview techniques 

5.     Describe and compare standard employee tests

6.     Evaluate the different selection techniques and hiring decisions 

7.     Evaluate employee performance

8.     Design and evaluate training systems 

9.     Discuss and apply the theories of employee motivation

10.  Discuss and apply the theories of employee satisfaction and commitment 

11.  Describe and compare the types of organizational communication and discuss and apply different communication skills to increase effective organizational communication

12.  Discuss, evaluate, and apply the theories of leadership

13.  Explain the composition of groups, why individuals join groups, what factors affect group performance, and what factors cause group conflict

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