TECH 4320


Welcome to the UT Tyler and to TECH 4320, Job Analysis Techniques. I am your instructor, Paul Roberts; and I look forward to meeting with you in our virtual classroom. This course is designed to provide you with opportunities to learn how to better equip tomorrow's work force through the application of Job Analysis Techniques..

I have developed this course in a modular format to assist you in organizing your time and efforts. Each module will describe a particular aspect of work force education and will provide resources for further investigation. Each module will specify reading, writing, and discussion requirements. Please press the NEXT button to continue on to the Introduction of this Course Syllabus. Read through each section carefully. If you have any questions, make a note of them and we will address them in our Discussions area. Please refer back to the information contained in this syllabus anytime you have a question regarding the basic course information. You can access a printable version of this syllabus by clicking the link "Printable Syllabus" located in the syllabus area. Adobe Reader Required for all .pdf files.

One final note; if you are unfamiliar with accessing the Internet or have questions regarding technical requirements, a list of basic technical requirements is also listed in this syllabus for your convenience. In addition, you can access the USER Manual under the TOOLS button within this course.



Is this your first time taking a Web-based online course? If so, you will find it dramatically different from your previous classes. There is no face-to-face contact with your instructor and fellow participants. You may feel that you are working alone. You may feel confused and anxious because you can't ask questions and receive immediate feedback. Relax! You are not alone, and any anxiety you feel will go away as you become familiar with this environment. You may even begin to prefer this environment because of the flexibility that it affords you in managing both your time and the learning materials.

I want to stress to both the experienced and inexperienced online course participants that the key to successful completion of this online course, or any online course, is organization. This syllabus outlines in detail my expectations of you as a participant, including required textbook, grading policies, assignments, projects, and a schedule of readings and assignment/project due dates. This course is NOT a self-paced course. Deadlines exist because the course is offered within the UT Tyler course schedule and so that you can complete the course successfully in a timely manner.

As mentioned in the Welcome section, the course has been designed in modules to assist you in organizing your efforts. There are ten instructional modules. Each instructional module requires that you read an assigned text, respond to discussion questions, prepare assignments, and perform other tasks such as supplemental readings and/or review of web sites in the subject area.

Your Instructor

Instructor: Paul B. Roberts, Ed.D.paulroberts.jpg
Office: BUS 141
Phone: 903-566-7334 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 903-566-7334 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting



Paul B. Roberts is the Associate Dean of the College of Business and Technology and an associate professor in the Department of Human Resource Development (HRD) and Technology.  He is director of the Technology Education Professional Development grant which delivers an induction and mentoring program to new secondary technology education teachers in the state of Texas. He also coordinates ongoing professional development activities through the grant. His research focuses on the demographics of HRD programs and program improvement. He earned his Ed.D from the department of Educational Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University. He joined UT Tyler in 1992 and has taught over 50 sections of this class.

Although he maintains a very busy teaching and administrative schedule, Dr. Roberts enjoys spending time playing golf, riding bikes and playing with his boys. He and his wife, Lisa, have three sons: Josh, Kyle and Jake.



Office Hours

I will not formally post office hours since this is an online course, I will schedule a some "office hours" in Blackboard Collaborate over the semester in case you have questions that are better handled in a virtual face-to-face environment.


Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing software package.


You will need to have a microphone for elluminate, you can also use a webcam if you would like.  I recommend a cheap headset like the one below, if you don't have one, Walmart, Best Buy... has them for $10-$15.  They work better than a microphone and speakers because you often get feedback from the in that setup.


Course Description

TECH 4320: Job Analysis Techniques
Provides a systematic procedure for identifying and analyzing tasks related to specific jobs.

Course includes topics such as: What is Job Analysis?(JA), Methods of collecting data, Uses of JA, How to conduct a JA, Legal aspects of JA, Future trends of JA





Course Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

1)  explain the background and progression of job analysis techniques as demonstrated by scoring above 70% on quiz #4.

 2)  collect information about jobs and develop an organized job analysis report as demonstrated in the completed job analysis and by scoring above 70% on quiz #1.

 3)  effectively utilize the Dictionary of Occupational Titles and O*NET to gain occupational information as demonstrated in the completed job analysis.

 4)  Students will be able to analyze jobs within an organization for the purpose of developing training or recommending other performance interventions. (ASTD Competency, 1998 & NAIT Standard 6.3.11) This will be demonstrated by scoring 75% or better on the Job Analysis Project.

 5)  explain the various uses of job analysis as demonstrated by scoring above 70% on quiz #3.

 6) articulate the role of a job analysis in the improvement of organizational performance by contributing to class discussion.



Course Competencies

  1. Computer-Based Skills – the student will complete the Job Analysis project in a word processing package that may include graphs, charts, spreadsheets, database manipulation.  Internet search skills will be required to access the O*NET, DOT online and Occupational Outlook Handbook.  Students will also present the completed project to the class and may utilize a presentation software package to illustrate the project.
  2. Communication Skills – the student will exhibit a mastery of both written and oral skills in completion and presentation of the project.
  3. Interpersonal Skills – the student will work in a group to identify problem statements for the data collection phase of the research project.
  4. Problem Solving (Critical Thinking) – the student will use conceptual thinking, quantitative/statistical skills, gathering and analyzing data, and creativity and innovation in the identification and completion of the research project
  5. Ethical Issues in Decision Making and Behavior- the student will understand and exhibit ethics through the data collection and presentation portions of this project.
  6. Personal Accountability for Achievement – the student will complete the project at the time designated by the instructor
  7. Competence in Technology Principles
  8. Competence in major field and grounding in other major technology major core areas – the student will complete the project as part of the requirements of the major
  9. Exposure to and appreciation for industrial experiences such as industrial tours, work-study options and cooperative education, senior seminars – Students will conduct interviews and observation in order to gather data for the project.



Course Outline

Module 1 – Introduction.
Objective: Introduction of instructor and participants, course materials; identification of participant needs.

Module 2 – What is Job Analysis?
Objective: Participants gain a basic understanding what a job analysis is and why we conduct a job analysis.

Module 3 – Methods of Collecting Data.
Objective: Participants will learn and apply the data collection methods commonly applied to job analysis.

Module 4 – Methods of Conducting a Job Analysis.
Objective: The forms and methods of conducting a job analysis will be presented.

Module 5 – E-portfolio overview .
Objective: All student in the Department of Human Resource Development and Technology will be required to present an electronic portfolio in their last semester prior to graduation. This process will be presented to assist students in gathering materials as required for this process.

Module 6 – Job Safety Analysis / Total Job Analysis.
Objective: Participants will gain an understanding of the concepts of and how to conduct a job safety analysis and a total job analysis

Module 7 – Methods of Job Analysis.
Objective: Participants will study various methods of job analysis in order to gain a greater understanding of job analysis.

Module 8 – Applications of Job Analysis.
Objective: Students will study the uses of job analysis and how to apply it to gain improved performance in the workplace.

Module 9 – Legal issues of Job Analysis.
Objective: Participants will gain an understanding of the legal aspects of job analysis.

Module 10 – The Future of Job Analysis.
Objective: Participant understanding of issues facing the application of job analysis in the future.


Grades and Grading

The work you will perform for this course is weighted as follows:

50 % Job Analysis Project                        

10 % Blackboard home page (module 1) and discussion board postings             

40 % Quizzes (4@ 10 pts ea)                                    


PLEASE NOTE: All assignments will be screened through "SafeAssignment"". This software compares your submissions to those from previous semesters.


There will be a 10% per class period penalty for all late work. Grades will be based upon the following scale:                        

A         90 - 100                        

B         80 - 89                        

C         70 - 79                        

D         60 - 69                        

F         < -  59




Job Analysis Project

The Job Analysis project is the major component of this class. Each of you will analyze a job of your choosing. We will work through this process as the course proceeds. This will include handing in components at times during the class for feedback and revision. I will provide you with a template for the project. Please use my template to ensure that you are using the most current information. Points will be deducted if you use a different template without prior permission.


There will be four quizzes in this class. The exams will be available from 8:00 AM until 10:00 PM on on scheduled days. They will be worth 12% each.


Reading Assignments


Discussion Board Assignments

Written Assignments

 Course Calendar



Due Dates for Each Assignment Type

Module Topics

Reading Assignment

Project/ Quizzes

Discussion Board Assignments


Jan 10-20


Course Syllabus




Feb 1


Jan 10-31

What is Job Analysis?

Textbook Pages xi-8

Notes in Bb




Jan 21-Feb 7

Methods of Collecting Data

Textbook Pages 8-22; 113-123

Notes in Bb

Quiz #1

Feb 6




Jan 28-May 6

Methods of Conducting a Job Analysis

Textbook -   Chapter 9

Notes in Bb

Job Analysis Project

April 17

Feb. 18


Feb 22-27

E-portfolio overview

Notes in Bb

Quiz #2

Feb 28



Feb 25-Mar 3

Job Safety Analysis / Total Job Analysis

Notes in Bb




Mar 1 – Apr 4

Methods of Job Analysis

Textbook Chapters  2-5

Notes in Bb

Quiz #3

March 26



Mar 28–Apr 13

Applications of Job Analysis

Textbook Chapters 7-8

Notes in Bb


April 10


Apr 7-25

Legal issues of Job Analysis

Textbook Chapter 6

Notes in Bb




Apr 14-May 9

The Future of Job Analysis

Textbook Chapter 10

Notes in Bb

Quiz #4

May 7-8

May 1

































Other dates:    Census date January 28

Last day to withdraw March 27


Academic Dishonesty Statement

Academic dishonesty, such as unauthorized collusion, plagiarism and cheating, as outlined in the Handbook of Operating Procedures, University of Texas at Tyler, will not be tolerated.  University regulations require the instructor to report all suspected cases of academic dishonesty to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action.  In the event disciplinary measures are imposed on the student, it becomes part of the students' official school records.  Also, please note that the handbook obligates you to report all observed cases of academic dishonesty to the instructor. For more information, go to:




All assignments and projects will be submitted through the assignments link in each module. Use the following process to prepare and submit assignments:

When assignments are received, I will open them in Microsoft Word for grading. This will enable me to make comments, ask questions, etc. I will then return your assignment through the Student Gradebook area. I will make an announcement when papers are returned to remind you to check the Student Gradebook. You must click on the grade to view my comments.

If you need more instructions on how to submit files through the assignment link in the modules, please read the Blackboard Student Manual located in the Tools area

Email and Course Discussion


To communicate by email with other participants or all participants, click the Communications button on the left. Click Send E-mail to send a message. You are able to send messages to All Users or Select Users in the course, including the instructor. In the Communications area, you are also able to view all the participants' email addresses, if they have chosen to make their email public. Click on Communications, then choose Roster, then type in the person's name you are trying to find, or choose all. This is also the method to view a student's home page if one has been created. If you need more instructions on how to send email messages with Blackboard, please read the student manual located in the Tools area of the course.

My email is

Questions or problems other than technical problems (see Technical Requirements in this syllabus) may be submitted to the email address above. I will try my best to answer emails on the same day I receive them. Generally speaking, I check my email in box several times a day during the workweek, less frequently on the weekend, and rarely after 6 p.m. any day. If my schedule will make me unavailable to answer emails for a day or two, I will put an announcement out so that you can plan accordingly. One caveat: technical problems in email systems may slow down responses!!


The Discussions feature in Blackboard is an online discussion forum in which students and faculty can communicate asynchronously (anytime) via message postings. When you click the Discussion Board link located in the Communications area, a listing of general subject categories will appear in a table format. Each general subject category is represented by a file folder icon. All threads (topics) pertinent to a general subject category will appear as links under that subject category folder. The instructor has control of what general subject categories are available for discussion in the course. At the instructor's discretion, students may or may not have the option of starting a new thread under the general subject categories and may or may not be able to edit their comments after they have been posted. Students can (and will be required to) respond to threads in the course discussion. To respond to a thread:

Your response will now appear in the table, along with your name as author and date/time of posting. Icons will appear to the right that allow either a response, or perhaps editing and deletion options. If the edit icon or the trash can (delete icon) doesn't appear, the student doesn't have editing or deletion privileges.

If your instructor chooses to assign you to a group, you will see Groups in the Communications area and a group icon that displays all threads assigned to the group. Only those that are assigned to that group will see and have access to this folder. This function allows the students to communicate and post information on any projects assigned to them.

Check the Discussion Board often. Since the discussion is asynchronous, other responses will be submitted after your post. Be sure to check the Discussions section each time you log into the course, to view any added material.

If you need more instructions on how to read and post messages in the Discussion Board, please read the Blackboard Student Manual located in the Tools area of the course



Completion Time

You should expect to spend as much time on an online course as you do in a face-to-face course. As a rough guide, you should plan to spend six to ten hours per week on this course. The actual amount of time will vary from individual to individual. This estimate includes the time you spend in reading, discussions, and assignments.

You will have access to all course materials from the start of the course to the end. You may look and study ahead, or go back and review, at any time during the course. All assignments have set due dates. Due dates are as of midnight central standard time on that date.




The textbook required for this course:

Brannick, M.T., Levine, E.L. & Morgeson, F.P.(2007). Job and Work Analysis: Methods, Research, and Applications for Human Resource Management. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc. ISBN 978-1-4129-3746-7

Class participants may purchase these texts, new or used, from the UT Tyler Bookstore, or any other sources.



Accessing Library Resources

Students enrolled in this course can utilize the University library. You can access the Robert R. Muntz Library at the University of Texas at Tyler. Follow the links, and then complete the instructions at those sites for accessing information from a distant site.




Course Evaluation

An end of semester evaluation specifically for this course will be made available for you to complete in the last week of instruction. This evaluation will be reported anonymously. Your comments and recommendations will be considered seriously as the course is updated. Your input throughout the semester contributes to my commitment to continually improve the quality and relevance of this course.



Other Information

By nature, I'm always experimenting with new technologies and techniques for presenting information. Your input and assistance will greatly help me make this a valuable experience, please feel free to give your input, realizing that I cannot and will not implement all recommendations.




University Policies


Students Rights and Responsibilities

To know and understand the policies that affect your rights and responsibilities as a student at UT Tyler, please follow this link:

Grade Replacement/Forgiveness

If you are repeating this course for a grade replacement, you must file an intent to receive grade forgiveness with the registrar by the 12th day of class. Failure to do so will result in both the original and repeated grade being used to calculate your overall grade point average. Undergraduates will receive grade forgiveness (grade replacement) for only three course repeats; graduates, for two course repeats during his/her career at UT Tyler.

State-Mandated Course Drop Policy

Texas law prohibits a student who began college for the first time in Fall 2007 or thereafter from dropping more than six courses during their entire undergraduate career. This includes courses dropped at another 2-year or 4-year Texas public college or university. For purposes of this rule, a dropped course is any course that is dropped after the 12th day of class (See Schedule of Classes for the specific date).

Exceptions to the 6-drop rule may be found in the catalog. Petitions for exemptions must be submitted to the Registrar's Office and must be accompanied by documentation of the extenuating circumstance. Please contact the Registrar's Office if you have any questions.

Disability Services

In accordance with federal law, a student requesting accommodation must provide documentation of his/her disability to the Disability Support Services counselor. If you have a disability, including a learning disability, for which you request an accommodation, please contact Ida MacDonald in the Disability Support Services office in UC 282, or call (903) 566-7079 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (903) 566-7079 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Student Absence due to Religious Observance

Students who anticipate being absent from class due to a religious observance are requested to inform the instructor of such absences by the second class meeting of the semester.

Student Absence for University-Sponsored Events and Activities

If you intend to be absent for a university-sponsored event or activity, you (or the event sponsor) must notify the instructor at least two weeks prior to the date of the planned absence. At that time the instructor will set a date and time when make-up assignments will be completed.

Social Security and FERPA Statement:

It is the policy of The University of Texas at Tyler to protect the confidential nature of social security numbers. The University has changed its computer programming so that all students have an identification number. The electronic transmission of grades (e.g., via e-mail) risks violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act; grades will not be transmitted electronically.

Emergency Exits and Evacuation:

Everyone is required to exit the building when a fire alarm goes off. Follow your instructor's directions regarding the appropriate exit. If you require assistance during an evacuation, inform your instructor in the first week of class. Do Not re-enter the building unless given permission by University Police, Fire department, or Fire Prevention Services.



Getting Started

Please refer back to the information contained in this syllabus anytime you have a question regarding the basic course information. Please begin this course by first, taking the brief quiz over the syllabus, then start by clicking on the Module button in the left-hand navigation bar, then choose Module 1. Good luck and have a good semester.


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