Course: Job Analysis and Work Evaluation
REHB 659
Fall Semester

Professor: Joseph E. Havranek, Ed.D.
(419) 372-7300 - office (419) 353-3302 - home

Office Hours: Tuesday, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. and by appointment
405 Education Building

Course Description:

Primary emphasis is on analysis of the current trends and methodologies involved in job analysis and work evaluation with persons with developmental, emotional, physical, and/or psychiatric disabilities. These principles will be adapted to a variety of work-related issues.

Course Objectives:

1. To review and develop a thorough understanding of current issues and techniques involved in job analysis and work evaluation.

2. To develop an understanding of and the ability to apply job analysis and work evaluation research in academic and field settings.

3. To obtain practice in job analysis experience by completing a job analysis.

4. To develop job analysis skills to the extent that the student would be able to conduct job analysis activities in an entry level position at a vocational rehabilitation agency.

5. To provide knowledge of methodology and utilization of formal and informal vocational assessment techniques.

6. To identify the role of assistive technology and job accommodations in the rehabilitation process.

7. To identify the impact of multicultural variables and assess their impact on rehabilitation services issues.

8. To integrate job analysis and work evaluation procedures into disability management systems and employee assistance programs.

9. To apply job analysis principles to implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Course Content:

Students will be responsible for assigned textbook and handout readings, class participation through attendance at lectures and class discussions, completion and presentation of an individual project, mid-term examination, and a final examination.

Methods of Evaluation:

Class Participation 10%
Individual Project 30%
Mid-Term Examination 30%
Final Examination 30%

Individual Project:

Each student will arrange for and conduct a functional job analysis of a job approved by the instructor. The results will be written up in a short report of one to two pages and presented to the class in an oral report of five to ten minutes duration. These papers are due at the beginning of class on week 10. Please make two copies.

Codes of Conduct & Academic Honesty Policy:

The instructor and students in this course will adhere to the University’s general Codes of Conduct defined the BGSU Student Handbook. Specifically, the Code of Academic Conduct (Academic Honesty Policy) requires that students do not cheat, fabricate, plagiarize or facilitate academic dishonesty. For details, refer to:

• BGSU Student Handbook (
• The Academic Charter, B.II.H (
• Student Disciplinary Programs (

Disability Policy:

In accordance with the University policy, if the student has a documented disability and requires accommodations to obtain equal access in this course, he or she should contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester and make this need known. Students with disabilities must verify their eligibility through the Office of Disability Services for Students, at 413 South Hall or: (419) 372-8495 – phone; (419) 372-8496 – fax; (419) 372-0582 – TDD. (

Religious Holidays

It is the policy of the University to make every reasonable effort allowing students to observe their religious holidays without academic penalty. In such cases, it is the obligation of the student to provide the instructor with reasonable notice of the dates of religious holidays on which he or she will be absent. Absence from classes or examinations for religious reasons does not relieve the student of responsibility for completing required work missed. Following the necessary notification, the student should consult with the instructor to determine what appropriate alternative opportunity will be provided, allowing the student to fully complete his or her academic responsibilities. (As stated in The Academic Charter, B-II.G-4.b at: (

Cell Phones, Pagers, and Personal Digital Assistants:

The use of cell phones, pagers, and personal digital assistants (PDAs) is not allowed in class. Cell phones, pagers, and PDAs must be turned off and put out of sight during class.

Text Required for Course:

Havranek, J. E., Grimes, J. B., Field, T. F., & Sink, J. M. (2005). Vocational Assessment: Evaluating Employment Potential: 4th Edition. Athens, GA: Elliott & Fitzpatrick.

Readings Package available from University Bookstore.

Terminal Objectives:

As a result of this course the student will be able to address the reasons for, proper manner of, correct attitude toward, documentation regarding, formats to assist, tools to use, and results to be obtained through effective job analysis and work evaluation as interpreted in multicultural settings.

Late Work Policy:

Any assignment not completed on the due date without express written permission of the professor will result in a one letter grade penalty for each class sessions that the work is delinquent.


Week Topics Assignment Due

1 Introduction Readings
The Impact of Diversity on Rehabilitation Services

2 Occupational Terminology and Resources
Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) Havranek, et al., Chapter 3
Worker Traits Readings
Occupational Information Network (O*NET)

3 Job Analysis Techniques
Work Adjustment
Vehicle Modification Havranek, et al., Chapter 6

4 Universal Design
Functional Job Analysis
Concepts Definitions Havranek, et al., Chapters 1 & 5

5 Vocational Diagnosis and Assessment of Residual Employability
Rehabilitation Services
Adult Day Programs Havranek, et al., Chapter 4

6 Vocational Evaluation Techniques Readings
Cultural Issues in Testing

7 Tests and Measurements Readings
Role of Assistive Technology and Job Accommodations Havranek, et al., Chapter 7
Rehabilitation Engineering
Review for Exam

8 Mid-Term Exam None

9 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990: The Role of Job Analysis Havranek, et al., Chapter 2
Independent Living

10 Student Presentations of Job Analysis Job Analysis Write-Up

11 Student Presentations of Job Analysis Job Analysis Write-Up
Multicultural Issues in Vocational Planning

12 Supported Employment
Disability Compensation Systems
Rehabilitation Act of 1992
Family Medical Leave ACT (FMLA)
Workforce Investment Act
Veterans Benefits Readings
Bring Job Analysis Information to Class
Job Descriptions

13 Disability Management: Programs and Services Havranek, et al., Chapter 8

14 Work Transition Readings
Employee Assistance Programs
Placement Practices

15 Interviewing and Hiring in a Multicultural Milieu
National Council on Disability
National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
Skill-Biased Technological Change Readings
Course Review and Summary

16 Final Exam Due by 6:00 p.m. Merry Christmas!

Required Readings assigned from the Readings Package are indicated by week in the package.

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