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PY5407 - Personnel Assessment, Selection, and Development

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

Assessing and selecting individuals for organisational entry, role transfer, or promotion are key activities in all organisations. Similarly, training and development are organisational functions that rely on sound knowledge of assessment principles as well as theories of learning and growth. This subject provides a comprehensive overview of the psychological concepts underlying personnel assessment, selection, and development. The subject also reveals the evidence-based organisational practices that leverage these theories to drive organisational performance. The subject will explore topics in assessment and selection ranging from job analysis and human capital strategy to assessment and selection methods. A focus is given to training and development topics such as needs analysis, training methods, and succession planning. Psychological theories of individual differences, development, learning, motivation, and measurement provide the subject's conceptual underpinning.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the need to align assessment and selection approaches with organisational strategy and insights from job analysis;
  • Evaluate assessment and selection methods in terms of their reliability, validity, and efficiency; and with respect to the legal and cultural context;
  • Assess individual difference constructs in terms of their relevance to organisational fit and employee performance;
  • Analyse the training and development needs of individuals and organisations.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Proposal - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Reflection/reflective task 1 - (30%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties, and attempt and submit all assessments.

Foundational knowledge and skills in psychology


JCU Singapore, Study Period 53, Mixed attendance
Census Date 30-Nov-2023
Face to face teaching (As per subject outline)
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 20 hours workshops
  • 15 hours online activity
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.