SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3N222288
Module Leader Charlotte Craig
School INTO
Subject INTO
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

240 undergraduate credit points at Levels 1 and 2 or equivalent in a management or business related subject area.

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to develop a knowledge and understanding of a talent management approach in contemporary organisational management. This module introduces students to the contemporary concept of talent management with specific reference to the Talent Pipeline framework (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, 2006). The meaning, nature and application of a talent management approach to utilising human resources in an organisational context across various sectors, and at national and international levels, will be explored. This exploration will develop an understanding of the issues and challenges in attracting, selecting, utilising, developing and rewarding talent. The impact of the psychological contract will underpin this exploration to highlight the complexity of talent management in the employment relationship. In tandem students will have opportunity to apply the theoretical perspectives to personal development activity raising awareness of their own talent management experiences and future expectations. This module will enhance students' employability by familiarising them with graduate selection and recruitment processes thus providing knowledge on employer expectations. The self reflection element will enhance employability as students will be challenged to synthesise the principles of talent management directly on to their own experiences and future expectations of employment.


Using the Talent Management Pipeline framework (CIPD, 2006) students will be introduced to the meaning and application of Talent Managementin four key areas of human resource utilisation. Introduction to Talent Management - an exploration of definitions and context. AttractingTalent - exploring the methods and approaches to recruitment and selection of appropriately skilled resources. Utilising Talent - investigation of the role of flexibility, equality and retention strategies in managing talent. Developing Talent - interventions to impact sjuccession planning of future talent. Rewarding Talent - isues in financial and non-financial reward strategies.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Discuss the meaning of talent management.2. Critically discuss the issues and challenges in attracting and selecting employees, including graduates with the relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes.3. Discuss the key issues involved in effectively utilising human resources to develop and reward talent.4. Analyse the concept of the psychological contract and its impact on talent management in the employment relationship.5. Demonstrate, through self-reflection on personal experiences and/or expectations, the application of a talent management approach.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching, learning and assessment strategy for this module aims to develop and integrate knowledge, skills and understanding regarding utilisation of human resources through a talent management approach. Practical input in the form of lectures, seminars and directed reading will be provided on the main topic areas. These will be supplemented by class discussion to share and analyse current organisational practice, personal experiences and future expectations. Active student-centred learning approaches will be employed: case study vignettes, pratical activities and group exercises to deepen analysis and develop students' skills. Teaching will be supported by the Blackboard VLE; including the use of themed discussion boards to encourage discussion and personal reflection which will feed into the module assessment. Formative development will be available to students by the provision of themed discussion boards related to the syllabus and linked to directed and supplementary reading. These non-assessed groups will encourage discussion and self-reflection on student experiences and future expectations of talent management and assist in the preparation of summative coursework. The assessment structure will provide students with an opportunity to articulate knowledge and understanding of the generic principles of talent management and through the reflective element synthesise this knowledge and understanding through application to their own experiences.

Indicative Reading

Armstrong, M (2009), A Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice, 11th Ed., Kogan Page, UK Armstrong, M & Stephens, T (2005), A Handbook of Employee Reward Management and Practice, Kogan Page, UK Brewster, C, Sparrow, P & Vernon, g (2008) International Human Resource Management, CIPD, London Currie, D (2006), Introduction to Human Resource Management, CIPD, London Dowling, P, Festing M, & Engle, A D (2007), International Human Resource Management: Manging people in a multi-national context, 5th Edition, thomas Learning, London Food, M, & Hook, C (2005), Introducing Human Resource Management, 5th Edition, Pearson Education, UK Marchington, M & Wilkinson, A (2005), Human Resource Management at Work: People Management & Development, CIPD, 3rd Edition, UK McKenn, E & Bech, N 2002), Human Resource Management: A concise analysis, Pearson Education, UK Nieto, M (2006), An Introduction to Human Resource Management, Palgrave Macmillan, London Taylor, S (2008), People Resourcing, 4th Edition, CIPD, London Torrington D, Hall L, & Taylor, S (2008) Human Resource Management, 10th Edition, FT Prentice Hall, UK JOURNALS/PUBLICATIONS: CIPD (2006) Reflections on Talent Management, CIPD, London CIPD (2006) Research Insight: Talent Management, CIPD, London CIPD (2006) Talent Management: Understanding the Dimensions, CIPD, London Maxwell, G & MacLean, S (2008), Talent Management in Hospitality and Tourism in Scotland: Operationsl Implications and Strategic Actions, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, vol 20(7), pp 820-830. Personnel Today People Management Human Resouce Management Journal Human Resource Development International I.D.S. Briefs & Journals IRS Employment Industrial and Labour Relations Review International Journal of Human Resource Management INDICATIVE RESEARCH SOURCES Creating Balue through People [electronic resourcde)]: discussion with talent leaders, Dawsonera Collections [Available at http://ilink.gcal.ac.uk/uhtbin/cgisirsi/JM38JWQxpA/GCAL/132730095/9] Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development www.cipd.co.uk The Work Foundation www.theworkfoundation.com ACAS www.acas.org.uk Equality and Human Rights Commission www.equalityhumanrights.com National Statistics www.statistics.gov.uk

Transferrable Skills

* Critical thinking and problem solving * Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject * Independent working * Information retrieval and communication skills * Time management (organising, planning and completing work by required deadline) * Group working * Self awareness

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (PT) 90.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Group/Peer Learning (FT) 44.00
Independent Learning (FT) 90.00
Group/Peer Learning (PT) 44.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Assessment (PT) 30.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Seminars (PT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 n/a Essay Part B - a personal analysis of talent management from the student's own experiences and future expectations. (2000 words).
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 n/a Essay Part A - analysis of a contemporary issue in talent management (2000 words).