Module code: MANM360

Module Overview

Assessment in the workplace is carried out for a variety of purposes, for example recruitment and selection, performance management and diagnosis of training and development needs. This module covers foundations of psychological assessment (reliability, validity, and fairness), core theories of individual differences (e.g. personality, cognitive ability, emotions) and their application in organizational practice. The main emphasis in the coverage of practice is recruitment and selection.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 33

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Foundations of assessment (reliability, validity, fairness)

  • Theories of individual differences

  • Assessment in HRM context

  • Job and competency analysis

  • Recruitment and selection process models

  • Selection assessment methodology

  • Selection decision making

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination CLOSED BOOK EXAM (2 HOURS) 70

Alternative Assessment

As an alternative to the Group Assignment: Individual Presentation plus 1000-word Report

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Practical and technical skills relevant to assessment in the workplace.

Critical and conceptual perspectives on assessment, individual differences, recruitment and selection

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • A group assignment comprising presentation and written-report (2000 words) of a competency analysis and activity to design a short personality scale.

  • A 2-hour closed book examination, in which students will answer essay-based questions.

Formative assessment

Verbal feedback on class activities. Assignment feedback also serves a formative function.


In writing and verbal feedback from the module team based on group assignment.

Module aims

  • Introduce and provide frameworks of technical concepts in assessment in the workplace (reliability, validity and fairness)
  • Develop students' critical analysis of theories and models of individual differences.
  • Provide an evidence-based, systematic and strategic appreciation of recruitment and selection in thee workplace.
  • Enable students to develop practical transferable skills in scale development.and competency modelling.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Understand the importance of reliability, validity and fairness for evaluating assessment at work. KC
2 Critically evaluate models and theories of individual differences. KC
3 Evaluate recruitment and selection processes in organizations in terms of their evidence-base, systematic and strategic features. KCT
4 Compare and contrast the strengths and limitations of different selection assessment techniques CPT
5 Analyse the competency requirements of a job and design and evaluate a short personality scale. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enable students to develop a practical and critical theoretical perspective on assessment methodology, and recruitment and selection.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures

  • Case study activities

  • Group work (competency analysis and scale design activity)

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Occupational and Organizational Psychology MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.