7HR02 Resourcing and Talent Management to Sustain Success

This unit focuses on the day-to-day practicalities and the longer-term strategic issues associated with resourcing organisations appropriately, ethically and fairly and to maximise the performance of staff and the organisation. These activities take place in a competitive context in which different employers aspire to recruit and retain the most talented and experienced people.

In students assignments at Level 7, they will be required to achieve the following:

1.    Systematic understanding of knowledge and techniques, and a critical awareness of problems and/or new insights in the field of study and area of professional practice.

2.    Originality in the application of knowledge relating to practical issues.

3.    Ability to make decisions about complex issues, both systematically and creatively, and justify your judgements in the absence of complete data.

4.    Ability to show self-direction and insight in tackling and solving problems, and in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.

5.    Clarity and confidence in communicating conclusions which can influence both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

6.    Demonstrate insight in tackling and solving problems, and in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.

7.    Critical reflection and a passion for learning to advance your own knowledge and understanding through independent learning and the development of new skills at a high level.

8.    Consistent and professional standard of presentation.

Assessment Brief - Assessor notes

Each of the Level 7 specialist and optional units has four learning outcomes and between fourteen and eighteen assessment criteria, depending on the unit. While it will not always be possible in any one assignment for all the unit assessment criteria to be tested in depth, it is essential that all four learning outcomes are assessed for each unit and a minimum of one assessment criteria from each learning outcome.

We have written the brief so that all learning outcomes are assessed and at least one assessment criteria will be covered. When you come to mark the assessment, you should focus on whether the student has met the learning outcomes.


The assessment for this unit is broken into two tasks.

Task 1 – Email to CEO (1,000 words)

Task 1 is an email to the CEO which addresses the first Learning Outcome. The email will focus on understanding the impact of the changing business environment on resourcing and talent management strategy and practice.

Task 2 – Briefing Paper (3,000 words)

Accompanying the email, the CEO has asked that students attach a briefing paper about the future of strategy and practice in the field of resourcing and talent management within your sector and organisation or one you are familiar with.  Their paper should provide a critical review on what is likely to stay the same and what is likely to change and any recommendations they may have. The paper will focus on recruitment and selection, workforce planning and employee retention and finally performance management.

General Guidance

·         As with other units, the length of the overall assessment is 4,000 words (+/- 10% allowance).

·         Students should relate academic concepts, theories, and professional practice to the assessment task(s), in a critical and informed way, and with reference to key texts, articles and other publications.

·         Students should follow the guidance laid out on page three of the assessment brief which covers working at Level 7.

·         The short journal article doesn’t need to follow a traditional layout of a journal, it is more on the style of writing and approach.

·         Demonstration of higher order thinking skills is important. Students should be exhibiting these in their assessments.