Resourcing and Talent Management

Module description

In this module we introduce some of the most significant areas of human resource management responsibility. Anyone seeking to develop a career in HR, in the UK or globally will find it to be both interesting and essential to their professional development. It will also be of interest to anyone with an interest in the management of people or who anticipates building a generalist management career.

Our focus is on how organisations achieve the most fundamental HRM aim of mobilising a workforce. In order to function effectively all employers need to ensure that at all times they have the right people in the right jobs. Increasingly they are also drawing on other sources of skills and expertise accessed from a wider network of people with whom they maintain some form of contractual relationship. It is with the business of staffing an organisation effectively that this module is concerned.

Full module specification

Module title:Resourcing and Talent Management
Module code:BEMM042
Module level:M
Academic year:2016/7
Module lecturers:
  • Dr William Harvey - Lecturer
Module credit:15
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Module aims

Our aim is to help you to develop the skills and knowledge you will need to manage staffing and talent management activities on behalf of an employer to the highest standards. We also aim to introduce you to the most significant contemporary debates in this field and to developments that are likely to shape its future evolution.

On successful completion of the module you will be well placed to manage and to develop organisational policy in the fields of human resource planning, succession planning, recruitment and selection, induction, employee retention, employer branding and basic performance management. You will also be introduced to the ways that organisations seek to build reputations as employers and to position themselves strategically in the labour market in relation to their competitors.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. meet the learning outcomes contained in the CIPD's advanced diploma syllabus for Resourcing and Talent Management
  • 2. analyse and critically evaluate contemporary debates and developments in the following areas of HRM: human resource planning / succession planning, recruitment selection, job analysis and design, induction / socialisation, employee retention, individual performance management, retirement and redundancy and resourcing strategy

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. engage critically with the published literature on resourcing and talent management
  • 4. explain the contribution made by resourcing and talent management activities to the achievement of wider organisational objectives

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. demonstrate that you are able to develop and argue an original case and justify your views effectively
  • 6. give managers and colleagues appropriate and timely advice about resourcing and talent management issues

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities30Lectures, group discussions and case studies
Preparatory Reading30Reading prior to taught sessions
Reflection and further reading30Guided reading and completion of online exercises
Assignment Preparation60Researching and writing your assignment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In-class discussion exercises15 hours1-6In class tutor feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Major Essay502000 words1-6Written tutor feedback
Group Poster and Pitch (in pairs)201x A4 poster and a 90 second pitch1-6Written tutor feedback
Group film301x 10 minute film1-6Written tutor feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Essay, Poster and Pitch and Group FilmEssay, Poster and Pitch and Group Film1-6January

Re-assessment notes

Students who fail to pass their assignments will be required to re-work them and resubmit at a later date. 

Syllabus plan

Over 15 two-hour sessions we will introduce and discuss a wide range of topic areas relating to the staffing of organisations, a particular emphasis being placed on contemporary developments and debates in the field. In our sessions we will focus on the following:

• human resource planning and job design
• recruitment and selection
• induction and socialization
• employee retention
• training and development
• reputation
• communication
• retirement and redundancy
• managing individual performance
• reward management strategy and practice
• strategic aspects of resourcing and talent management
• global talent
• problematic talent
• replacing talent

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Özbilgin, M.F., Groutsis, D., & Harvey, W.S. (2014), International Human Resource Management. Cambridge: University Press.

Taylor, S. (2014) Resourcing and Talent Management. 6th Edition. London: CIPD

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

You will have access to an online searchable and resources database, with links to several eBooks available on through the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE). Within this environment, you will also be supported through online discussion forums and activities. 

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

As an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development you will also have access to the entirety of the Institute's website, including all published research reports, archived articles from 'People Management', fact sheets, discussion papers and briefings.  

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