Resourcing and talent planning | Abertay University

Resourcing and talent planning


This module examines and evaluates the management issues related to the process of attracting, recruiting, retaining and managing the departure of staff from an organisation.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : the necessary knowledge and skills to examine how organisations plan effectively to meet their current and anticipated organisational skills needs.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Define the role of talent planning within the resourcing process;

2.  Apply appropriate recruitment and selection processes in different organisational contexts;

3.  Understand how to maximise employee retention.

Indicative Content

1 The Context of Employee Resourcing

Introduction; people and work; the labour market; changes in the world of work; a contingency approach to employee resourcing,; the use of competency in employee resourcing

2 Human Resource/Talent Planning

The meaning, purpose and importance of long and short term talent planning and succession planning; building long term organisational performance.

3 Job Analysis: Producing a Job Description

The meaning and importance of job analysis and role analysis; methods of conducting a job and role analysis and competency framework; job descriptions; person specifications.

4 Recruitment: Attracting the right people

The recruitment process: defining requirements; attracting applicants; sending and receiving information; making contacts. Recruitment methods: Advertising; the use of the internet and social media; Application forms and CVs; Internal and external recruitment.

5 Selection: Choosing the Right People

The selection process; sifting applications; shortlisting candidates; interviewing and other methods; Making an offer

6 Employee Retention

Employer branding; Induction; Retirement; Redundancy; Legal requirements.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching and learning during class contact will take two forms: lectures and tutorials. Lectures although tutor led will be participative, with students expected to engage with the tutor. The tutorials will be student led, working mainly in small groups on practical exercises, presentations, scenario based activities. Enquiry based learning will make up a minimum of 60% of student class time.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 13
Tutorial/Seminar 24
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 123

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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