Personnel Psychology
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-PSMWOH11
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Psychology;
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dr. E.H. Bijleveld
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dr. B.J.C. Claessens
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dr. B.J.C. Claessens
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Contactperson for the course
dr. B.J.C. Claessens
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dr. B.J.C. Claessens
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Academic year2020
SEM1  (01/09/2020 to 24/01/2021)
Starting block
Course mode
Please note: if you do not yet have a master's registration, you are not yet registered for the tests for this course.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
The aim of this course is to provide master students with: 
  1. Knowledge and insight into the main topics within the field of personnel psychology, both theoretically and practically.
  2. An overview of the application of personnel psychology knowledge into the field of Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development of work organizations.
  3. Advanced professional analysis and judgment skills with respect to the relevance, applicability and effectiveness of personnel psychology theory, methods and instruments within personnel psychology
  4. Reflection on personnel psychology in relation to their own professional (future) work, knowledge and skills.
Personnel psychology in the Master Work, Organisation and Health (WOH) focuses on individuals interacting with their work and their organisation and the person-organisation fit. Psychological aspects of Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development are highlighted.
Based on the input, throughput and output model of personnel in work organisations, the following human resources (HR) topics are discussed: recruitment and selection, introduction and socialisation of new personnel, competences, (sustainable) employability, employee development, performance management, international HRM, and strategic HRM.
Questions like ‘what is the role of Human Resource Management in the realization of organisational goals, including motivated, vital, and well-performing staff?’ and ‘what is the theoretical background of HR practices such as personnel selection?’ are addressed. Also, specific themes such as talent management programs and sustainability at work are discussed.
The main goal of this course is to give a complete and theory-based overview of personnel psychology topics and themes, with a clear link to HR practices.

Presumed foreknowledge
Only for students of the master specialisation Work, Organisation & Health.
Test information
Exam with multiple choice (60%) and open ended questions (40%).
Please note: Due to possible unexpected events or measures involving the corona-crisis, (parts of) this course may be adapted / changed / or skipped.
Required materials
Course guide
Literature (book chapters and articles) will be announced in the course manual.

Instructional modes

Attendance is not mandatory yet recommended.

Test weight1
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM2

Exam with multiple choice (60%) and open ended questions (40%).