GRA 2235 Recruitment, Training and Development

GRA 2235 Recruitment, Training and Development

Course code: 
GRA 2235
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Øyvind Lund Martinsen
Ole I Iversen
Course name in Norwegian: 
Recruitment, Training and Development
Product category: 
MSc in Leadership and Organisational Psychology
2021 Autumn
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One semester

Psychology is a theoretical discipline that has made an impact on several applied areas during the last century. Efforts have been made to make theoretical and research based knowledge available to people working in applied settings and psychological research has produced knowledge that is indeed important for organisational effectiveness. Areas that are important for organisational effectiveness in this regard are selection, training, and development. Because many organisations use large amounts of money every year on such activities, it is important that planning and implementation are based on up-to-date research results. Thus, this course seeks to give students knowledge of relevant theory, research and practical applications in areas that are important for organisational effectiveness. The course has both theoretical and practical aims.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge
  • should acquire knowledge on research based psychological methods used in selection
  • should acquire knowledge about learning, training, and development
Learning outcomes - Skills
  • should develop skills in doing job analysis
  • should develop skills in the design of selection procedures, including e-selection
  • should develop skills in developing and conducting employment interviews
  • should develop skills in applying psychological methods used in selection
  • should develop skills in designing activities based on theories of learning, training and career development
General Competence
  • should know that the process of job analysis is the basis for any recruitment, training and development process in the organisation
  • should be able to provide arguments that the use of research based psychological methods in selection will imply high utility for the organisation.
  • should be able to reflect upon the value of research based methods in training and career development in organisations
  • should understand the need for research based methods in organisation development processes.
Course content
  • Job analysis
  • Selection methods & utility
  • The selection interview
  • Training in organisations
  • Organisational development activities
Teaching and learning activities

The course is structured as a combination of lectures, discussions, in-class activities, and role plays. It requires substantial amount of preparation by the students and active involvement during class.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all courses, it is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class.

All parts of the assessment must be passed in order to get a grade in the course.


All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have spesific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be deviations in teaching and learning activities as well as exams, compared with what is described in this course description.


Information about what is taught on campus and other digital forms will be presented with the lecture plan before the start of the course each semester.

Required prerequisite knowledge

GRA 2203 Psychological Measurement and Individual Differences or equivalent
GRA 2205 Organisational Behaviour or equivalent

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
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Form of assessment:
Written submission
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Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
100No1 Semester(s)Individual
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Exam code:GRA22351
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of at least 160 hours.