APSY621-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Special Topic

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


Special Topic

APSY621 - Recruitment & Selection

Recruitment and selection are critical to achieving organisational goals and employee growth. In this postgraduate course, you will be learning the evidence-based practices for attracting and hiring the most appropriate talent for a job role. We will be covering three key stages in the recruitment and selection process: 1) conducting a job analysis, and 2) developing and 3) validating a selection system. You will apply what you are learning to a group project—a job analysis.

Throughout the course you will reflect on multiple contemporary challenges in recruitment and selection within Aotearoa New Zealand, including 1) the issue of bias on fairness and equity in personnel decision-making, and 2) the contrast between best practices and evidence-based practices in recruitment and selection, and our role in bridging the science-practice gap.

Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the course are to:

1. Conduct a job analysis, and create a job description and specification.
2. Develop tools for a selection system informed by a job specification.
3. Propose how to validate selection decisions.
4. Develop mitigation strategies around biased personnel decision-making.
5. Justify the value of personnel psychology in contemporary workplace practices.
6. Exercise and adapt strategies for working in a team, including efficient project delegation, routine communication, the delegation of work, and building team cohesion.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 Psychology - Sociology 437 20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun

Course Coordinator

Jennifer Hoi Ki Wong


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Job analyses report 30%
Reflective journals (x4) 20%
Teamwork processes 5%
Selection system tools & validation recommendations 45%

Textbooks / Resources

There are no required textbooks for this course. Assigned readings and tasks for the seminars will be provided online via LEARN.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,079.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 20

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

All APSY621 Occurrences

  • APSY621-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023
  • APSY621-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023 - Not Offered