Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Talent Management and Development

Course summary

Course code: INDU1147
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Business Faculty
Department: Human Res and Organisational Beh
Course Coordinator(s): David Williams



A fundamental part of the Human Resource Management role is concerned with the mobilisation of a workforce, taking responsibility for ensuring that the organisation is able to access the skills it needs at the time and in the places that it needs them to drive sustained organisation performance. This involves attracting, retaining and managing the departure of staff from the organisation. Achieving this requires insight-driven strategic and operational activity which will include effective Learning and Development plus Organisational Development activities.

1) To introduce learners to the strategic approaches that organisations take to position themselves as employers in the labour market and to plan effectively so that they are able to meet their current and anticipated organisational skills needs.
2) To introduce the key operational tools, techniques and practices that organisations use to resource their organisations effectively. These encompass recruitment, selection, workforce planning, staff retention, succession planning, retirement and dismissal processes.
3) To provide the learner with a broad understanding of the factors to be considered when implementing and evaluating inclusive Talent Development activities within varying organisational contexts. It covers what is required to support the learning of individuals, groups and organisations to drive sustained business performance. It also considers the role and impact of learning facilitation as it is used in a range of delivery methods and types of activities.
4) To introduce the learner to the concept of Organisational Development. To this end organisation development focuses on making interventions and driving improvements to organisational success by facilitating the ways in which employees – individuals, groups, and teams, are motivated to perform and are rewarded for performance; are involved in the business decision making processes; interact with, and relate to each other; acquire and develop knowledge, experience and skills in the context of rapidly changing organisational environments.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1. Explain and understand how Talent Management influences such as key contemporary labour market trends and their significance impact on different kinds of organisation and also in different country contexts.
2. Evaluate organisational Talent Management strategies including managing recruitment and selection activities effectively and within the expectations of the law and good practice plus understand how to maximise employee retention.
3. Undertake core talent planning activities and contribute to the development of resourcing strategies.
4. Explain and understand the role and contribution of Talent Development practice to developing different categories of employees and organisation functions.
5. Assess how learning and development needs can be met and also evaluate the application and use of a range of relevant methods.
6. Explain the key requirements in the design and development of a range of inclusive learning and development activities.
7. Assess and evaluate the process of Organisational Development including the roles and responsibilities of organisations, managers and individuals in meeting Organisational Development needs.
8. Evaluate organisational options for dismissal, redundancy and retirement of staff

Indicative content

Part 1: Talent Management including Employee Resourcing, Human Resource Planning, Recruitment and Selection, Employee Induction, Employee Retention, Managing Performance issues and Managing Release.

Part 2: Talent Development including Learning and Development, The integration of Talent Development activity into the organisation, The provision of a value-adding Learning and Development function, Learning and Development's contribution to the recruitment and performance management processes, Learning and Development's contribution to the retention of employees.

Teaching and learning activity

The course will be delivered using a mixture of tutor-led and student-centred activities. This will consist of formal lectures, group-based learning activities and the development of learning sets and independent learning to consolidate learning. There will be the use of real life case material, videos, peer group discussion and student learning sets to facilitate the learning.
Moodle will provide a rich source of learning resources for students.


Coursework - 50% weighting, 40% pass mark, learning outcomes 1 - 3.
Outline Details - Report set by tutor on Talent Resourcing topic. 2,500 words.
Formative Assessment - A number of case studies and exercises will be used in class to support the first assignment e.g. students developing competencies for use for recruitment.

Examination - 50% weighting, 40% pass mark, learning outcomes 4 - 8.
Outline Details - Examination on Talent Development Topics. 3 hours.
Formative Assessment - A number of case studies and exercises will be used in class to support examination preparation e.g. students developing a training policy.