Resourcing and Talent Management


This module focuses on the effective mobilisation of a workforce and how organisations can only function if they are able to assemble together individuals and teams of people with the necessary skills, attitudes and experience to meet their objectives. The module concentrates not only on the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention, dismissal but also on the strategic aspects to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and talent management within a global context.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with :with the skills and knowledge required to undertake core resourcing and talent management activities and to develop students understanding of how effective organisations develop a strategic approach to the attraction and retention of staff, analysing their key employment markets and gaining understanding of their dynamics so as to enable them to compete more effectively, both now and in the future

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Analyse and evaluate the major features of national and international employment market from which organisations source staff and ways in which these markets evolve and change;

2.  Play a leading role in the development and evaluation of resourcing and talent management strategies, diversity management and flexible working initiatives;

3.  Manage recruitment, selection and induction and staff retention activities effectively, efficiently, lawfully and professionally;

4.  Undertake and evaluate long and short-term talent planning and succession planning activities with a view to building long-term organisational performance;

5.  Manage retirement, redundancy and dismissal practices fairly, efficiently and in accordance with the expectations of the law, ethical and professional practice.

Indicative Content

1 Introduction: The theoretical background

Employment Markets and Regulations. Resourcing Strategy. The Future of Work

2 Types of resourcing and talent management strategies

resourcing and Talent Management. Work Flexibility. Fairness and Diversity. Resourcing Strategy.

3 Recruitment, Selection and Induction

Job Analysis and Job Design. Recruitment Advertising. Alternative Recruitment Methods. Employer Branding. Selection; The Classic Trio. Advanced Methods of Employee Selection. The New Employee.

4 Talent and Succession Planning

Human Resource Planning. Succession Planning.

5 Employee Turnover as the basis for developing staff retention

Measuring and Analysing Employee Turnover. Improving Employee Retention

6 The management of retirement, redundancy and dismissal practices

Retirement. Dismissals. Redundancy.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Class contact will alternate between lecture, tutorial and seminar-style work, with lectures providing key input on concepts and contexts, and tutorial and seminar-style work involving students in group activities, presentations and case study analysis and discussion. Assessment units are designed to develop students' analytical and research skills, give opportunity for the application of tools and concepts, and address learning outcomes as specified. Business Simulation and Innovation and Global Growth Event are an integral part of postgraduate study at Dundee Business School. Students, in multi-disciplinary teams, will take part in a series of intensive interactive organisation facing full-day workshops which focus on 'live case' or ‘simulated’ problems. These two practice based events help students gain an understanding of how business decisions affect the overall outcome and ultimate success or failure of a business.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 14
Tutorial/Seminar 14
Supervised Practical Activity 14
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 118

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.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.