MM256-Management Skills

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Tatiana Rowson

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module is focused on guidance and support in developing students' employability, including improving the likelihood of securing their Placement or first job. Key areas of the job application process as well as successful navigation of the contemporary business environment and the students’ future working environment are covered. It offers a combination of practical and applied elements as well as more conceptual and academic aspects. As a result, it enables the students to obtain a broad range of knowledge while allowing them to actively reflect on their career, employability and apply to their immediate experience.

The Module is designed to be delivered in the autumn. The lectures and seminars will run in parallel with the placement application process, therefore providing students with further support.

The module content, as well as delivery style, are designed to strengthen the students’ success rate of obtaining successful placements and future jobs upon graduation – fostering an in-depth understanding of the recruitment and development process. 

This module is delivered at University of Reading, University of Reading Malaysia and Beijing Institute of Technology.


The Module is designed to actively support students in their applications for placements, internships and graduate positions and, later, in their management of the job search and application process with the support of Henley Careers. The focus of the module is on the recruitment process, graduate skills and professional development in early career. For that purpose the module will cover CV and cover letter writing as well as interviewing and psychometric tests – i.e. the competencies and skills students need to secure a placement or graduate position.

This module help students understand how the recruitment process fits with other organisational aspects, and the expectations employers, recruiters and organisations have of candidates and talent they attract and aim to retain. The module enables the students to identify and reflect on how to further develop their strengths essential to their future career plans

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

1. Understand and be capable of navigating the recruitment and selection process

2. Reflect on the importance of skills and competencies in modern workplaces and career management

3. Understand the context of contemporary organisations and businesses, their different needs and approaches to recruitment.

4. Identify and understand what employers look for in the recruitment and selection process

5. Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written form appropriate for professional audience

6. Reflect on strategies and resources for enhancing their skills, strengths and competencies that enables them to plan their professional career.

Additional outcomes:

Students will also

  • Experience how to design an effective recruitment and selection plan

  • Learn how to use reflective practice to inform their career planning and development

  • Understand the elements to consider when putting together and revising their career plans

Outline content:

1. Introduction to the module

2. Economics of recruitment and the typical graduate recruitment process

3. Understanding Strengths in Recruitment and talent management 

4. Researching and analysing organisations (Navigating the Job Market) 

5. Competency frameworks (job descriptions and CV writing)

6. Recruitment in the era of AI and Digital technologies

7. Ethical consideration in recruitment industry (e.g. diversity and inclusion)

8. Identifying transferrable skills and competencies from people’s account

9. Understanding the mechanics of psychometrics, interviews and assessment centre 

10. Developing Critical and Reflexive Writing Skills and Business report writing 

11. Module Summary 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The students will receive a combination of lectures, workshops, facilitated training sessions and independent study to develop their knowledge and understanding of how employers recruit placement students/graduates. The students will be able to work in-depth with Henley Careers and benefit from the insights of a number of external speakers during the module.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 4
Fieldwork 6
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 70
    Wider reading (directed) 40
    Advance preparation for classes 10
    Preparation for seminars 10
    Essay preparation 20
    Reflection 20
Total hours by term 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Portfolio 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:
There are no formal examinations.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Method Percentage Deadline

Recruiters’ report

Report Word limit 1,500 (graded) and appendices 

50 Week 11
Reflexive Diary: Essay format, 

word limit 2,000 (graded)
50 Week 20


Formative assessment methods:

Seminar exercises and discussions 

Games and problem-based learning activities in the lecture

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A minimum of 40%.

Reassessment arrangements:

Reflexive Diary: essay format, word limit 2,000 (graded)

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 8 April 2021


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