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C84OSA Occupational Selection & Assessment
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Postgraduate students on Management Psychology, Occupational Psychology and Work and Organisational Psychology. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: degree in psychology or other relevant subject with permission from the module convenor.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module covers contemporary issues in selection and assessment both from a psychological perspective and as an important personnel system for organisations. It provides discussion of: the nature of the selection system, organisational and job analysis, recruitment, selection interviewing and psychometric testing, selection validation, the nature and use of assessment centres, and the adverse impact of selection methods. The emphasis throughout the module is on selection as a process comprising an identification stage, a design and delivery stage, and an evaluation stage, with multiple feedback loops between stages.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 5 weeks1 per week4 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
Contact time: 18 hours self-managed learning: 10 hours Personal study: 72 hours

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 70 1.5 hour exam 
Coursework 1 30 20 minute group presentation 

Dr A Santos

Education Aims:  This module has two major aims: first, to introduce students to the main issues relating to the practice of selection at work, and, second, to provide students with the knowledge base from which they can critically evaluate current practice.

Learning Outcomes:  

Knowledge and Understanding

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • understand the nature of selection and assessment
  • describe and discuss job analysis and competency frameworks
  • appreciate current issues in the use of various selection methods
  • understand psychometric issues such as validity, reliability and fairness
  • consider the practical implications of theory & research
  • have experience of developing and designing a selection system

    Intellectual Skills:problem-solving, analysis & synthesis, critical evaluation, self-evaluation, independent learning and group learning.

    Professional Practical Skills:time management, oral and written communication and presentation, teamwork.

    Transferable Skills:communicate effectively in writing and by oral presentation, problem solve, retrieve information from databases and the Internet.

    Offering School:  Medicine

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