Module Specifications

Current Academic Year 2017 - 2018
This information is provisional and subject to change.

Module Title Talent Management
Module Code HR302
School DCUBS
Online Module Resources

Level 3 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims

The module provides a balance of academic theory and practical application with regard to the critical activity of employee resourcing in modern organisations.  It examines the practical utilisation and critical evaluation of the factors involved in employment resourcing including human resource planning, recruitment, selection, performance and reward management and the release of people from the organisation.  The module addresses the philosophy, practices and frameworks of employee resourcing and explains how these integrate with the wider area of human resource management in organisations.  The module also aims to develop thinking professionals who are able to make informed judgements with regard to the contingencies and contexts of modern work organisations.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the complex factors pertaining to both the strategic aspects and operational activities concerned with employee resourcing and how these activities integrate with other areas of HRM.

2. Exhibit professional knowledge of and competence in a range of employee resourcing techniques and methodologies incorporating planning, recruitment and selection, managing performance, rewarding and releasing people from the organisation.

3. Apply the methods of manpower forecasting within the framework of human resource planning.

4. Design suitable support documentation for the recruitment process, including job descriptions, person specifications, job application forms, recruitment advertisements and evaluate advertising media and other methods of recruitment.

5. Conduct selection, disciplinary and exit interviews and demonstrate an understanding of the processes involved in the interview situation.

6. Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative framework relating to employee resourcing and the impact on employee resourcing practice.

7. Evaluate current developments and academic research in employee resourcing and make appropriate recommendations to organisations when required.

8. Students will develop team-working, presentation and proficient research skills through the completion of a group-based research project

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 24
Tutorials 8
Laboratories 0
Seminars 0
Independent Learning Time 43

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to Employee Resourcing - The context of employee resourcing; employee resourcing activities and goals; future developments in employee resourcing.

Human Resource Planning - The labour market in Ireland.  HRP process and links to strategic planning; assessing current human resource needs; strategies for effective planning.

Recruitment and Selection - Advertisements; selecting advertising media; the use of external agencies; methods of selection; application forms; psychological testing; assessment centres; evaluating selection decisions.  Contracts of employment.  Legal considerations.  The induction process.

Employment Equality - Equality legislation.  Developing equal opportunities policies and implementing equality in practices.  Positive action.  Flexible working; work-life balance.  Deversity management.

Performance Management - Performance management and performance appraisal.

Reward Management - The nature of reward strategies; links with human resource strategies; motivation theories underlying the design of reward systems; the design of systems.  Fringe benefits.  Performance-related-pay.

HR and Technology -The contribution of information technology to employee resourcing and its application to employment administration; record keeping and the personnel database; querying and information retrieval; data protection; legal considerations.

Exiting the Organisation - Retirement; redundancy; dismissal; legal considerations; ethics and professionalism.

Continuous Assessment40% Examination Weight60%
Indicative Reading List

Essential Reading

Taylor, S. (2005), People Resourcing, 3rd edition, London: CIPD.

Pilbeam, A. and Corbridge, M. (2006), People Resourcing; Contemporary HRM in Practice, 3rd edition, London: Pearson Education.

Armstrong, M. (2006), A handbook of Human Resource Management Practice, 10th Edition, London: Kogan Page.

Highly Recommended

Gunningle, P., Heraty, N. and Morley, M. (2006), Human Resource Management in Ireland, 3rd edition, Dublin: Gill & Macmillan.

Bratton, J. and Gold, J. (2003), Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice, 3rd edition, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Marchington, M. and Wilkinson, A. (2005) Human Resource Management at Work: People Management and Development, 3rd edition, London: CIPD.

Roche, W., Monks K. and Walsh, J. (1998) Human Resource Strategies, Dublin: Oak Tree Press.

Torrigton, D., Hall, L. & Taylor, S. (2005), Human Resource Management, 6th edition, Essex Pearson Education.

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Timetable this semester: Timetable for HR302
Date of Last Revision16-JAN-12