NS7122: Talent Acquisition


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NS7122: Talent Acquisition

Module Title Talent Acquisition
Module Code NS7122
Module Tutor David Biggs
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

Talent acquisition may be defined as the process of finding and acquiring suitable personnel for an organisation. Talent acquisition comes directly from the strategy of the business and seeks to improve the organisation through the recruitment and selection of new staff. The module examines all stages of the talent acquisition life cycle, from job analysis though to assessment and successful appointment of staff.  Students will develop and be assessed in practical techniques including: job analysis interviews; writing a job specification; and, the design and delivery of an assessment centre through to the reporting stage.  After completing this module, students will be able to critically evaluate the effectiveness of different assessment methods and consider contentious issues such as fairness, diversity and candidate reactions to assessment.  While taking this module students will also be trained in Test User Ability (TUA) and Test User Personality (TUP), thus gaining additional certification for a career in occupational psychology.

Indicative Syllabus

The syllabus covers both the theories of talent acquisition and their application in a range of practical exercises.


1.  Types of recruitment

  • Psychometrics, covering test construction, delivery, analysis and feedback
  • online assessments
  • assessment centres
  • situational judgment tasks

2.  Practical skills in assessment and selection

  • job analysis
  • stakeholder analysis
  • design of competency frameworks 

3.  Design and application of selection methods for a client group

  • choosing the appropriate selection methods
  • assessment centre design and planning
  • assessment of assessment centre exercises 

4.  New paradigms in talent acquisition

  • emotional intelligence
  • internet based selection
  • equality and legal issues
Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate skills of critical evaluation in applying theories of talent acquisition and selection;
  2. Make informed and justifiable decisions on the choice of selection methods with due regard for reliability, validity, fairness and equal opportunities;
  3. Design and implement selection methodologies and interpret the results.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 48
Independent Learning Hours: 252
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 30% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 3000 words
002: 70% Coursework: Individual, portfolio: 5000 words
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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