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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Talent Management
Module Code HR302
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Jennifer Kennedy
Semester 2: Jennifer Kennedy
Autumn: Jennifer Kennedy
Module TeachersMargaret Heffernan
Jennifer Kennedy
Eugene Hickland
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Retaining talent and systemically developing them to fill future positions in the organisation is extremely important for organisational functioning but remains a significant challenge. The purpose of this module is to provide students with a balanced theoretical and practical understanding of talent management activities in a range of organisational contexts. This module will equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge required for talent recognition, management, retention and development. In this module, students will develop knowledge and skills to enable them to engage in a range of activities associated with talent management including the recruitment and selection of staff, the management and reward of performance, training and development and diversity management. Students are expected to attend lectures, engage in group work and participate in class discussions.

Learning Outcomes

1. Evaluate key talent management concepts, theories and techniques.
2. Understand the talent management process including planning for talent, recruitment, acquiring talent, developing talent, managing talent and retaining talent.
3. Utilise appropriate skills to undertake a range of day to day talent management functions relating to recruitment, selection, managing performance and reward, succession planning, managing diversity, absenteeism and employee release from the organisation.
4. Evaluate the ethical and legal obligations associated with talent management.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Weekly lecture - Outline of theories, concepts and models underpinning talent management
Independent Study30Reading and library work
Group work25Research for and preparation of group project
Group work12Research and preparation for mock selection interview
Directed learning34Revision and preparation for final examination
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to Talent Management
The context of talent management; talent management activities and goals; future developments in talent management

Talent Planning
The labour market in Ireland. Human Resource Planning 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.

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.

Developing Talent
Training and Development, Learning theories, Career Management

Retaining talent
Employee turnover, Employee absenteeism

Ethics and Professionalism
Ethical framework for judging HR practices; professional considerations when managing human resources.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Report(s)Group project30%Week 10
Oral ExaminationMock employment interview10%Once per semester
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Taylor, S.: 20, People Resourcing, 5th, CIPD, London,
  • Pilbeam, Stephen and Corbridge, M.: 2010, People Resourcing: Contemporary HRM in Practice, 4th, FT Prentice Hall, Essex,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
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BSBachelor of Business Studies
BSEBachelor of Business Studies (Exchange)
BSIBusiness Studies ( with INTRA )
EBBA in Global Business
EBCBA in Global Business (Canada)
EBFBA in Global Business (France)
EBGBA in Global Business (Germany)
EBSBA in Global Business (Spain)
EBTBA in Global Business (USA)
INTBBachelor Business Studies International
Date of Last Revision16-JAN-12

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