Assignment 1 – Task Analysis (10 points)
For this assignment, you will conduct a task analysis, which is part of a needs assessment. In order to do this, you will need to identify one person who is currently employed to interview him/her about his/her job and organization. You can interview someone else or you can use yourself as the subject matter expert (SME). Please provide the name of the person you interviewed and their job title in your report.
Below are more detailed instructions for the task analysis.
A. Development of Task Statements
Task statements are developed through interviews with subject matter experts. These task statements should reflect activities, not skills or knowledge. Be careful that the statements are neither too broad nor too specific. The statements should be written so that the incumbent is understood to be the subject of the statement (e.g., the pronoun “I” should be implied; “(I) number all card boxes”). Each statement should begin with an action verb that is stated in the present tense. Below are some examples of task statements for the job of personnel analyst.
- Prepare job descriptions for secretarial jobs.
- Check file folders for disposition of medical and dental records.
- Initiate requests for identification cards from terminated personnel.
- Describe company policies to newly hired employees.
B. Determine Relevant Tasks
This step typically involves surveying a number of SMEs. Because you are only required to interview one SME, you will need to have that person (or yourself if you are the SME) evaluate each task as to its importance. For each task, you will have the SME evaluate how important it is and how frequently it is performed. You will have to create a survey with all of the tasks on it and scales for importance and frequency (there is an example on page 112 in your text). Another example is provided here:
Example: Using the rating scales given below, rate each task as to (a) how frequently you perform it and (b) how important it is for workers in a job like yours to be able to perform this task.
Frequency of Performance
1 = Not performed at all
2 = Seldom
3 = Occasionally
4 = Frequently
5 = Almost all of the time
Importance for Employees
1 = Not Important
2 = Somewhat important
3 = Moderately important
4 = Very important
5 = Extremely important
Job Tasks Frequency Importance
- Prepare job descriptions for secretarial jobs. ( ) ( )
- Check file folders for disposition of medical and dental records. ( ) ( )
- Initiate requests for identification cards from
terminated personnel. ( ) ( )
C. Develop KSAs
Identify knowledge, skills, and abilities that enable individuals to perform the tasks that you and your SME have developed.
D. Link Relevant KSAs to Tasks
Now you need to determine which KSAs are important for which tasks. You must meet with your SME to identify the KSAs that are required for each task.
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