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Evidence-Based Professional Practice Portfolio: Selection and Assessment


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor and tutor: Almuth McDowall (interim)
  • Assessment: a 5000-word case study (100%)

Module description

This module is one of six modules within Part 1 of the MRes/Professional Doctorate in Evidence-Based HRM to facilitate deep and critical understanding of theory, research and practice in selection and assessment. This module is highly interactive and relies on both tutor and peer learning, along with work-based practice, with a clear focus on experiential learning and reflection on action.

Indicative module content

  • The nature of and links between evidence and practice in selection and assessment
  • Critique of major theories and paradigms in selection and assessment, including international aspects
  • Conducting psychological assessments of individual differences in the workplace based on best evidence
  • Demonstration of evidence-based practice in selection and assessment
  • Consideration of design, tailoring and evaluation of different selection and assessment techniques
  • The role of fairness and equal opportunities in professional practice in selection and assessment
  • Review of typical research methods in assessment and selection (both primary and secondary)

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • critique theories, frameworks and practice-based models relevant to selection and assessment from a variety of epistemologies and ontologies
  • identify the main methodological strengths and limitations of the body of scientific evidence around selection and assessment, and understand the implications of this for practice
  • communicate your learnings to a range of audiences in oral and written form
  • consider wider contextual parameters, including ethical issues, diversity and adherence to professional practice standards
  • identify and record reflections of personal learning and development around evidence-based practice as required for future professional practice
  • conceptualise, design and implement substantial research at the forefront of HRM.