Business and management studies

Talent Management

Module code: 781N1
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework

In this module you will trace the historical development of people working in HR as well as academic interests in talent management. It also reviews debates around the concept.

It then looks at a range of HR resourcing activities as part of a larger general study. These include both practical aspects of recruitment and selection, employee retention and dismissal along with strategic aspects in the context of international employment markets and global competition.

The module adopts a critical and comparative perspective in discussing key issues related to talent management.

You should end up with the knowledge and skills to carry out activities including HR planning, job design, recruitment, selection, induction, retention, succession planning and dismissal to a high standard.

Possible lecture topics include:

  • Employment Markets and Regulations
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • The New Employee
  • Flexibility
  • Employer Branding
  • Human Resource Planning and Succession Planning
  • Dismissal, Redundancy and Grievances
  • Managing Diversity
  • Talent Management Strategies

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of, analyse and evaluate the major features of national and international employment markets from which organisations source staff and ways in which these markets evolve or change.
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the key issues involved in the development and evaluation of resourcing and talent management strategies, diversity management, and flexible working initiatives, and the potential to play a leading role in these areas by applying relevant knowledge to complex practical situations.
  • Critically assess the concepts and practices in the effective management of recruitment, selection, induction, retirement, redundancy and dismissal practices, in accordance with the expectations of the law, ethical and professional practice.
  • Creatively apply systematic and conceptual understanding of resourcing and talent management concepts and knowledge to undertake and evaluate long and short-term talent planning and succession planning exercises with a view to building long-term organisational performance.
  • Acquire, gather and evaluate relevant data and information on employee turnover and apply a critical understanding of this process to creatively extrapolate robust approaches to staff retention.