BSc Management (Marketing)

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Personnel Selection and Talent Management

Unit code BMAN24362
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No


Organisations can gain an important competitive advantage through hiring the best talent and through recognising and developing employee talent. The course enables students to acquire knowledge of psychology pertinent to (i) how to identify and attract the best employees (personnel selection), (ii) how to develop employees to reach their full potential (employee training and development), and (iii) how to recognise and grow leadership talent (leadership development). 


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Introduction to Work Psychology BMAN10872 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Available as option for BSc Mgt/Mgt Specialism, IM and IMABS.

Available as option for BSc Mgt/Mgt Specialism, IM and IMABS.



This course unit provides students with an understanding of theory, research and practical issues in personnel selection, employee training and leadership development. The specific course unit aims are:

  • To develop and understanding of performance criteria and leadership effectiveness
  • To develop an understanding of theory, research and professional practice in personnel selection and assessment
  • To develop an understanding of theory, research and professional practice on employee training and leadership development
  • To develop competencies for applying recruitment processes and implementing talent development strategies


The first component of the course focuses on how to identify talent and the second component focuses on how to develop talent once this has been recruited into the organisation. As such the course unit explores topics on: criteria of work performance and leadership effectiveness; predictors of leadership success in selection; recruitment processes and the selection paradigm; individual differences as predictors of job performance; psychometrics and other scientific selection methods; designing effective employee training; recognising leadership potential; developing leadership talent; retaining talent.

The course has a practical emphasis and includes three applied lectures which will provide students with the opportunity to develop applied skills in interviewing, assessment centres and leader talent development.

Lecture schedule:

Week 1: Course Introduction: Why Personnel Selection and Talent Development matter

Week 2: Leadership talent & competencies

Week 3: Leadership effectiveness: What do leaders need to do to be effective

Week 4: The personnel selection process & identifying leadership talent

Week 5: Psychometrics and other scientific selection methods

Week 6: Job Interviews

Week 7: Employee Development

Week 8: Leadership Development 1: The Individual

Week 9: Leadership Development 2: The Organisation

Week 10: Course revision (RM)

Applied lecture schedule: (will vary each year)


Teaching and learning methods

The course will be delivered through:

10 x 2-hour lectures (weekly)

3 x additional 2-hour applied lectures

1-hour seminars (fortnightly)

Seminars will incorporate group discussions and case studies to apply ideas covered in the lectures, and reading and exercises to facilitate the preparatory work for the applied lectures.

Applied lectures are aimed at providing students with an opportunity for more experiential learning. The focus of these lectures is on advanced application of theories and research covered during weekly lectures, and to develop practical skills in personnel selection and leader development as the core areas of the course.

Attendance at all classes is compulsory.


Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this course unit, students should:

  • Be able to understand the main stages of the selection and recruitment process
  • Have knowledge of leadership competence and valid predictors of job performance and leadership success
  • Have knowledge of scientific selection methods for personnel selection
  • Be able to understand research and practices related to employee training and development
  • Have knowledge of different leadership approaches

Be able to understand research and practices related to leader emergence and leader development

Intellectual skills

Students will learn skills concerning critical thinking:

  • Being able to discuss and critically evaluate the effectiveness of a range of personnel selection methods including methods for identifying leadership potential
  • Being able to discuss and critically review psychological theories and empirical studies related to employee and leadership development
  • Being able to search for and critically analyse scientific literature

Practical skills

The course unit involves three applied lectures:

  • Be able to apply best practice in administration of selection methods
  • Develop practical skills in preparing for and conducting professional job interviews
  • Apply practical skills for personal leadership development

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • To develop project management skills and self-organisation
  • Co-operation and team working
  • To develop report writing skills and be able to formulate critical arguments
  • To develop self-awareness, and the ability to reflect and review own performance

Employability skills

The focus on leadership development will allow students to gain skills for success in management positions and for their own personal leader development.

Assessment methods

The assessment for this course is a written piece of coursework (100%).The coursework is a 3,500-word practical report. Students have to submit a summary of the activities in allthree applied lectures for their coursework.


Feedback methods

Lectures will be interactive and students are encouraged to ask question throughout to seek informal

feedback on their learning progress. The seminar sessions, applied lectures, and online webinars offer students the opportunity to discuss their progress on the preparation of their coursework and other aspects of the course. Students will also be encouraged to seek help and advice on an individual basis, if they so wish.

Students will receive individual, written feedback on their coursework within 15 working days of the final submission date.

Recommended reading

Each lecture will be accompanied by a reading list.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Seminars 5
Independent study hours
Independent study 175

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Robin Martin Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Pre-requisites: BMAN10872 Introduction to Work Psychology

Co-requisites: None

Dependent courses: None

Programme Restrictions: BSc Management / Management (specialism), IM, IMABS

For Academic Year 2021/22

Updated: March 2021

Approved by: March UG Committee

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