Employee Resourcing - BUSN8000

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Spring Term 7 15 (7.5) Samantha Evans checkmark-circle


This module will provide students with a range of theoretical and practical knowledge, providing them with the opportunity to think critically and evaluate the theory and practice of employee resourcing. This will enable students to develop and apply employee resourcing tools and techniques to specific organisational contents in which they might operate.

Topics included may be:

• Employee Resourcing in context: the changing world of work and major features of national and international employment markets
• The Strategic Importance of employee resourcing and approaches to employee resourcing including resourcing and talent management, diversity management and flexible working initiatives.
• The role of business ethics and organisational stakeholders in the practice of employee resourcing and talent management.
• Human Resource Planning – talent and succession planning
• Recruitment, Selection and Induction
• People Management: socialisation and improving performance
• Employee turnover and employee retention
• Managing release: retirement, redundancy and dismissal.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 24
Private study hours: 126
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Case study (2000 words) (40%)
Examination, 2 hour (60%).

Reassessment method:
100% Exam

Indicative reading

Beardwell J. and Thompson, A. (2014) Human Resource Management: A contemporary approach, 7th Edn. Harlow: FT Prentice Hall

Boxall P. and Purcell J. (2011) Strategy and Human Resource Management, 3rd Edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Bratton & Gold (2017) Human Resource Management: Theory & Practice, 3rd Edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Kramar R. and Syed J. (2012) Human resource management in a global context, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Legge, K. (2005) Human Resource Management: Rhetorics and Realities, Anniversary Edn. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Marchington M. and Wilkinson A. (2008) HRM at Work: People Management & Development, London: CIPD

Pilbeam, S. and Corbridge, M. (2010), People Resourcing and Talent Planning: HRM in Practice, 4th Edn. Harlow FT: Prentice Hall.

Storey J. (2007) Human Resource Management: A Critical Text, London: Cengage

Taylor S. (2014) Resourcing and Talent Management, 6th Edn. London: CIPD

Torrington D., Hall, L. and Taylor S. (2014) Human Resource Management, Harlow: FT Prentice Hall

Wilkinson, A. & Redman T. (2013) Contemporary Human Resource Management: Text and Cases, Harlow: FT Prentice Hall

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Critically evaluate the theory of employee resourcing and its links with organisational theory.
- Have knowledge and understanding of the development and evaluation of employee resourcing and talent management strategies, diversity management and flexible working initiatives.
- Critically assess the approaches and principle techniques and developments, both existing and emerging, of employee resourcing from the creation of a human
resource plan, through recruitment, selection, socialisation, performance management, employee turnover, employee retention and review to eventual employee release.
- Understand and critically evaluate the wider environmental content, particularly the major features of employment markets from which organisations source staff, and the ways in which this external environment evolves or changes.
- Understand the requirement to secure compliance of all appropriate ethical and legal obligations and the co-operation of relevant stakeholders in the design and implementation of resourcing processes.
- Evaluate talent planning and success planning exercises, employee retention and staff retention strategies, and their links to long-term organisational performance.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Set employee resourcing in the wider context of general organisational management.
- Critically assess and evaluate the impact of employee resourcing on management and the performance of organisations.
- Develop analytical skills by linking theoretical perspectives to contemporary organisational situations throughout the course of the module.
- Develop relevant strategies and policies.
- Plan work, working independently, and in groups.
- Write coherently and write critically.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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