The Psychology of Selection and Assessment - BUSN8029

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Spring Term 7 15 (7.5) Joel Montgomery 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. Indicative topics of study are as follows:
• Overview of the selection process
• The role of legislation
• Job and competency analysis
• Selection Tools: Recruitment and application forms; individual differences and psychometrics; selection interviews; work samples, and situational judgement tests
• Fairness and diversity in assessment.
• International selection methods
• Evaluating Selection from a candidate's perspective
• Assessment beyond selection: Appraisal, 360 degree appraisals and promotion


Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
VLE test (15%)
Group Presentation (15%)
Individual Report (3500 words) (70%)

Reassessment method:
100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Arnold, J and Randall, R et al (2016). Work Psychology: Understanding Human Behaviour in the Workplace. 6th Edn. London: FT Prentice-Hall
Chamorro-Premuzic, T., & Furnham, A. (2010). The Psychology of Personnel Selection. Cambridge: Cambridge: University Press.
Cook, M. (2016). Personnel Selection: Adding Value through People (6th Ed). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons
Woods, S.A. & West, M.A. (2014). The Psychology of Work and Organizations. 2nd Edn. London: Cengage Learning
Zibarras, L., and Lewis, R. (2013). Work and Occupational Psychology. London: Sage

Students are strongly recommended to read as widely as possible, using a mixture of textbooks and journal articles. Support and encouragement of journal article reading is provided through seminar activities.

Students are advised to read from the following journals:
International Journal of Selection and Assessment; Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology; European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology; Journal of Applied Psychology; Employee Relations; Human Resource Management Journal; International Journal of Human Resource Management; People Management, Personnel Review.

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 and contemporary research in the field of selection and assessment.
- Develop an understanding and knowledge of the underpinning rationale for best practice selection and assessment processes and their contribution to organisational
- Plan effective selection and assessment processes and practices.
- Understand the importance of all appropriate ethical and legal obligations in selection and assessment, particularly equality of opportunity and diversity requirements.
- Critically evaluate key issues in the effectiveness of selection and assessment processes.
- Evaluate the use of a range of selection and assessment methods in differing organisational contexts and in international and global contexts.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Set Selection and Assessment in the wider context of general organisational management.
- Critically assess and evaluate the impact of selection and assessment on candidates, employees, management and the performance of organisations.
- Link 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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