APSY621-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Special Topic

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


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, 2) the impact that AI and technology, and 3) the contrast between best practices and evidence-based practices, and our role in bridging the science-practice gap.

The course is delivered as an interactive, flipped learning, graduate seminar. This means you are expected to do the required pre-work for the week in advance of the seminar to prepare you for class discussions. There are two major assessments in the course: a job analysis report (group project), and a proposal of a selection system (individual work). All assessments are designed to reinforce and expand your knowledge of research and practices in recruitment and selection.

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. 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 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 437
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Job analyses report 30% Job analyses report (group work)
Teamwork processes 5% Teamwork processes (group & individual work)
Selection system tools & validation recommendations 45% Selection system tools & validation recommendations (individual work)
Reflective journals 20% Reflective journals (4; individual work)

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 $1,110.00

* 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

  • APSY621-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024