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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Selection & Assessment
Module Code HR564
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Xuchang Zheng
Semester 2: Xuchang Zheng
Autumn: Xuchang Zheng
Module TeachersBrian Harney
Eileen Corrigan
Melrona Kirrane
Katie Ann Bridget Clarke
Michael Joseph Moran
Xuchang Zheng
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To give future managers and personnel specialists information needed to choose efficient tools for selection and assessment;train future personnel specialist and human resource specialist in the use, development and assessment of tests and other techniques used for selection and recruitment, internal and external. This module will enable students to discern the critical developments in the area of selection and assessment; to cull the fads from the methods of rigour. Tools are assessed for their validity, reliability and practical value. Students are made familiar with tests to evaluate these tools. Macro-developments and how to access information on such trends will also be detailed.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the key elements of the recruitment and selection process
2. Assess the validity, reliability and practical utility of key recruitment and selection techniques
3. Apply course concepts to address specific organisational recruitment needs in various contexts
4. Communicate recruitment and selection solutions in a professional and competent manner
5. Understand the implications of selection and assessment on the sustainable performance of the employee and employer

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial16Skills Workshop
Assignment Completion20Individual Essay Research and Writing
Assignment Completion35Group Project Report
Assignment Completion30Group Project Presentation Preparation
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

Ethical and Professional Issues in Selection Methodological Issues The Criterion Issue Job Analysis - a review of models Selection Tools and Techniques-from 'gut instinct' to assessment centres Staffing contemporary and flexible Organisations

Importance of recruitment and selection. Overview of key theoretical perspectives and contemporary trends including examination of evidence from Ireland and organisational case analysis.

War for talent
Critical review of literature surrounding the war for talent. Includes examination of its foundation, assumptions and questioning of its contemporary relevance

Human Resource Planning
Forecasting future demand for staff. Discussion of the merits and limitations of planning for organisations

Overview of key modes and channels of recruitment, including debate about how the internet has changed the recruitment and selection landscape

Selection Techniques 1
Discussion of the dominance of the classic trio- application forms, CVs and interviews, including evaluation of their validity and reliability

Selection Techniques 2
Overview of more sophisticated selection techniques including psychometric testing and assessment centres. Debate about the best means to evaluate techniques and their role in predicting future performance on the job.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ProjectConsultancy Project70%Sem 1 End
Loop QuizQuiz20%Sem 1 End
Practical/skills evaluationSkills Workshop10%n/a
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

  • Cooper,D.,Robertson,I.T. and Tinline,G: 2004, Recruitment and selection: a framework for success. Thomson Learning.SupplementaryHenemanIII,H.G.,RL. Heneman,T.A.Judge.(1997). Staffing Organizations Irwin. The IPD guide on international recruitment, selection and assessment. London : CIPD, 1999 Iles,P,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
GDHRMGrad Dip in Human Resource Management
MHRMMSc in Human Resource Management
Date of Last Revision24-MAY-10

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