Assessment and Development at Work (102N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module explores the theory and practice of applying psychological assessments to people at work, typically focusing on assessment in a selection context, and for the purpose of developing skills and potential. The module is concerned with the application of fair, standardised and rigorous techniques for assessing people for job positions, in terms of understanding their current level of suitability and their potential to develop this in the future.

The module addresses contemporary issues in assessment, selection, and developmental contexts and equips students with the ability to critically appraise the suitability of assessment methodologies for different scenarios. The learning is achieved via a series of workshops (comprising lecturing and interactive activities). The aim is to create a friendly, participative and inclusive learning environment including a range of diverse learning activities. In addition to knowledge generation this approach will enable learners to develop transferable skills essential for success at both university and in the world of work: personal confidence, teamwork & collaboration, self-management and independent learning.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Group presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.