Course Title: Recruit, Select and Induct Staff

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: BUSM9938C

Course Title: Recruit, Select and Induct Staff

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5136 - Diploma of Business Administration

Course Contact : Seymour Jacobson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 1563

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dr Sylwia Greda-Bogusz
+61 3 99255441

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit covers all aspects of selection and recruitment relevant to managers who are not specialists in the area. It ensures that managers engage in appropriate planning and that selection and induction leads to the recruitment and retention of high quality staff. This unit is almost essential for those who now have (or are likely to have) an involvement in or responsibility for recruiting, selecting and/or inducting staff.

Course delivery is classroom face to face and includes activities, presentations, multi-media delivery, and includes online activities and resources.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBMGT506A Recruit, Select and Induct Staff


1. Determine future people needs

Performance Criteria:

1. Planning for future people requirements is consistent with strategic and operational plans.
2. Consultation occurs with all appropriate managers and sections.
3. Position descriptions and person specifications and criteria for selection are developed and approved.


2. Select appropriate people

Performance Criteria:

1.Persons involved in assessment/selection process are appropriate for the position.
2. Candidates are assessed against pre-agreed selection criteria.
3. Selection decisions are based on performance based selection techniques and direct evidence.
4. Candidates all receive feedback through the process record-keeping complies with organisational and legal requirements.


3. Confirm employment arrangements

Performance Criteria:

1.Inform relevant people of the selection decision and prepare development plan based on selection process.
2. Conditions of employment as approved for the position are agreed with the successful candidate.
3. Induction arrangements are agreed with the candidate and other relevant managers.
4. Induction is undertaken in accordance with the induction plan and a training plan developed.

Learning Outcomes

As for elements above.

Details of Learning Activities

Students are required to attend all classes to complete activities and in class assessments. The class activities provide an opportunity to develop skills and apply theory to real life situations. The classroom learning activities students will take a role in are:
•Case studies
•Collaborative classroom activities
•Team activities
•Peer interaction
•Role plays
•Reflection and discussion
•Reading text book
•Accessing materials on line

Workplace learning:
Over the course of the work placement research including observation and interview of key management and Human Resource Staff will form the basis of the final assessment. It is highly recommended that work placement begins as soon as possible so these activities can be undertaken to meet the assessment requirements.

Teaching Schedule

Week BeginningThemes, TopicsResourcesCompetences
Week 1 –
9th February
Course Introduction
Assessment Overview and Design
Strategic Human Resource
Management and Recruiting

Course Guide
Compton - Chapter 1
BSBMGT 506A/01
BSBMGT 506A/02
BSBMGT 506A/03
Week 2 –
16th February
Recruitment Planning Tools-Job AnalysisCompton – Chapter 2 & 3BSBMGT 506A/01
Week 3 –
23rd February
Recruitment Planning Tools – Job DescriptionCompton – Chapter 2 & 3BSBMGT 506A/01
Week 4 –
2nd March
Recruitment Planning Tools –
Person Specifications  and Revision

Compton – Chapter 2 & 3
BSBMGT 506A/01
Week 5 –
9th March
In Class Assessment – Open Book
Assessment 1
Mandatory Attendance
Week 6 –
16th March
Legal Implications for Recruitment and Selection
Assessment 4 Distributed
Compton – Chapter 10BSBMGT 506A/02
BSBMGT 506A/03
Week 7 –
23rd March
Sourcing and Attracting CandidatesCompton – Chapter 4BSBMGT 506A/02
Week 8 –
30th March
Selection Process
Interviewing Assessment 2 Distributed
Compton – Chapters 6, 7, 8
Compton – Chapters 7, 8
BSBMGT 506A/02
 Week 9 –
6th April
 Mid Semester Break (Student Vacation)
Monday 9th to 15th April
 Week 10 –
20th April
 Interviewing & Assessment 2 Preparation  Compton- Chapters 7, 8  BSBMGT 506A/02
 Week 11-
27th April
 Assessment Preparation
Assessment Role Play
Confirming Employment Conditions
Mandatory Attendance
Assessment 2 Part A
 Assessment 2
 Week 12 –
4th May
 Assessment Role Play
Confirming Employment Conditions
Assessment 2 – Part B
Mandatory Attendance
 Assessment 2 Guidelines 
 Week 13 –
11th May
 Confirming Employment – Workplace Inductions
Assessment 3 Preparation
Assessment 3 Distributed
 Compton – Chapter 9 BSBMGT 506A/03
 Week 14 –
18th May
 Planning for Employment
Workplace Induction preparation/
Assessment 3 Preparation
 Assignment 3 Guidelines
Compton – Chapter 11
 BSBMGT 506A/03
Week 15 –
25th May
You as the candidate –
Implications for your job search
Assessment 3 Due
Assessment 4 Due
Course review
DiscussionBSBMGT 506A/02
BSBMGT 506A/03

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Compton R., Morrissey W., Nankervis A.- (2006) Effective Recruitment & Selection Practices, 4th ed., CCH Australia, Sydney


Cole K.- (2005) Management: Theory and Practice, Pearson Education, Sydney

Cooper D., Robertson I., Tinline G. – (2003) Recruitment and Selection – A Framework for Success, 3 ed., Thomson Learning, London

Dessler G., Griffiths J., Walker B. – (2004) Human Resource Management, Pearson Education, French’s Forest

Grant J. – (2006) Hiring and Firing:The smart business guide to Australian employment law. Woodslane Press, Wairewood NSW

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

To successfully complete this course a Pass in all assessments is required. Assessments may include in-class assessment on key concepts and theories and participation in interview  role plays. Assessment tasks are also incorporated into workplacement through  research into the organisation’s recruitment, selection and  induction policies and procedures.

Assessment Tasks

To successfully complete this course a Pass in all assessments is required. Assessments may include in-class assessment on key concepts and theories and participation in interview role plays. Assessment tasks are also incorporated into work placement through research into the organisation’s recruitment, selection and induction policies and procedures.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 – Individual Mark 10%
Answer an in-class assessment on key concepts and theories covered in this course.

This assessment task is underpinned by these competencies: BSBMGT506A/01 Determine future people needs

Assessment 2
Part 2A – Interview Guide - Group Mark 20%
Prepare and carry out the following tasks:

Work in small group of 2 people to build a job description for an administration position using the concepts covered in class.
From the job description, prepare a list of selection criteria and an interview guide to be used in a role play for Part 2B - Interview Role play.
This assessment task is underpinned by these competencies:
BSBMGT506A/01Determine future people needs
BSBMGT506A/02Select appropriate people

Part 2B – Interview Role Play - Group Mark 20%
and use these questions and structure to role-play an appropriate selection interview of no more than 15 minutes as a class presentation.

This assessment task is underpinned by these competencies: BSBMGT506A/02Select appropriate people

Assessment 3 – Confirm Employment and Induct – Group Mark 20%
Prepare a letter of offer for the successful candidate with an induction plan attached. The letter of offer must include conditions of employment as approved for the position.

This assessment task is underpinned by these competencies:
BSBMGT506A/03 Confirm employment arrangements

Assessment 4 – Workplace Investigation Portfolio – Individual Mark 30%
Over the course of the semester students are to investigate recruitment and selection practices in their work placement. This includes interviewing managers, HR staff and the collection of documents including policy and procedures for recruitment and selection.

This assessment task is underpinned by these competencies:
BSBMGT506A/01Determine future people needs
BSBMGT506A/02Select appropriate people
BSBMGT506A/03 Confirm employment arrangements
All assessments are graded. To pass the course, students must have a minimum Pass grade in each assessment and achieve competency in all course elements.

Assessment Matrix

ElementAssessment 1Assessment 2Assessment 3Assessment 4
Determine future people needs
          X            X
Select appropriate people
           X           X
Confirm employment arrangements
             X          X

Other Information

Teacher Contact
Out of class communication to all students will occur using the RMIT student email. It is essential that you check your email prior to attending each class.
Consultation times will be made available to you in the first week of classes. Consultations may also be arranged via email.

Self Managed Learning
The student will be required to undertake research and assessment practice outside of regular class times. Exercises are provided to the student to facilitate their learning in a self-paced manner and form part of the overall achievement of the competencies in this course. Students are reminded that they are expected to spend an equal amount of time outside of class, furthering their understanding of the concepts being taught, as they do in class to be deemed competent in this course.

Course Evaluation and Feedback
You will receive ongoing feedback on your progress in the course. Feedback on assessment will be given in timely manner. You will be informed about how to improve your performance in the competency/course and what you need to do to be deemed competent or to gain a pass in the assessment. Feedback on the course itself is welcome at any time to the class teacher, course coordinator or program coordinator. Periodic course evaluation surveys are also conducted.

Academic Administration Procedures
Students who require general assistance should, in the first instance, approach their class teacher. Secondly, students should contact the course coordinator and lastly, the program coordinator.
Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. it also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.

Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.

For further information including “Plagiarism (and how to avoid it): Resources for Students” please refer to the Plagiarism section of the RMIT Policies, available at in the Teaching and Learning Policy section.

For information relating to the penalties for plagiarism and cheating, please refer to Regulation 6.1.1 Student Discipline available at
Penalties include official reprimand, recording of a failure result or expulsion from the University.

The originality verification software “Turnitin” (see, may be used on assessments in this course.
Please note:
ALL your assessment submissions must include completed hardcopy of the RMIT coversheet:

To support you with issues associated with the honesty and full referencing of external work presented in assignments, please visit the University website for Academic Integrity:

Specifically, support resources for yourself as a student to ensure that your submitted assessment accurately represents your work are provided at:

Submission of written work/assessment
All of your written work must conform with RMIT’s guidelines “Written Reports And Essays: Guidelines For Referencing And Presentation In RMIT Business” which can be found at:

All of your written assessment must be lodged by the due date in the format specified for the particular assessment task. Written assessment must have a footer containing: student number, student name, course code, title of assessment and teacher’s name.

Staple your assignment. Please do not place in plastic binders or plastic pockets.

Attach a signed Assignment Cover Sheet to each submission of written work or assessment. Cover Sheets are available near the lifts on Level 13 or from

You must keep a copy of your assignment/written work, which can be produced if the original is lost or damaged.

Supervised Assessment
Unless otherwise instructed by your class teacher, course coordinator or invigilator, the following conditions apply to your supervised assessments:
• All answers are written in blue or black pen only. Answers written in other colours or pencil will not be marked, excluding diagrams.
• The only materials which may be brought into the assessment room are blue or black pens, pencil, eraser and correction fluid. Items such as electronic dictionaries, mobile phones, electronic devices, written material and paper are not to be brought into the assessment room. It is a breach of assessment conditions to have any unauthorized materials or equipment in the assessment room.
• Assessment papers, questions and other material provided by the University are not to be removed from the assessment room.
• There is no communication of any kind with any person either inside or outside the assessment venue, apart from the assessment supervisor/invigilator or course teachers.

Special Consideration
Special Consideration is a process that enables the University to take account of unexpected circumstances such as illness, injury or bereavement that affect a student’s performance in assessment. Special Consideration can be applied for to obtain a classroom-based deferred assessment, e.g.: test or a role play.

You may apply for special consideration up to and no later than 48 hours (2 working days) after the date of the classroom based assessment. Forms are available from BTS Reception on Level 13 or from

Grounds for special Consideration may include illness, accident, bereavement, and hardship/trauma. All supporting documentation must be included with your application. Completed forms must be addressed submitted to the Hub on Level 4 Building 108. Further information can be accessed from
Special Consideration for extension of time for submittable tasks can be submitted to Program Coordinator, Seymour Jacobson, up to 7 days from the due date of the assessment. After 7 days, the application must go to the Special Consideration Committee. The criteria for this special consideration are no different to those for classroom-based applications. These applications are to be submitted on an Application for Extension of Submittable Work form.
Non and Late Submission of Work
If you do not attempt an assessment or meet an assessment deadline and have not been granted Special Consideration, you will not receive a mark for the assessment and be deemed NYC (Not Yet Competent).

Appealing Assessment
You are entitled to appeal assessment results. Any appeal should be submitted to the Course Co-ordinator Student Liaison, Seymour Jacobson not more than 10 days after receiving notice of the result for the assessment. Please refer to RMIT Policy – Appeal Against Assessment Result available at in the Teaching and Learning Policy area.
Variations to Assessment:
A change will not be made to the form or forms of assessment as detailed in the Course Guide unless:
1.The students enrolled in that course have received notice in writing of the proposed change;
2.The change is approved by the Head of School and not less than seventy percent of students enrolled in that course.
Relevant previous study or work/life experience and credit in this course (RPL, RLE or CT):
RMIT University recognises nationally accredited or endorsed qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued to the student by other Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s).
Also, RMIT provides credit for work experience or other forms of life experience that match the learning outcomes/competencies of RMIT courses. You must provide evidence that is current, relevant, valid, and verifiable that your experience matches the learning outcomes/competencies of the relevant course for which you are seeking credit. This evidence may include formal qualifications (certificates, etc.); work samples; references; documents, etc. Please speak to your teacher before applying. To apply, you should obtain RPL Information from BTS Reception on level 13. Forms are also available at Reception or from the RMIT Website at You should complete the appropriate form (RPL and or Credit Transfer), attach the relevant supporting documentation and submit to the Program Coordinator via Level 1 reception within on month of enrolling.

Online Learning Materials
Online learning materials can be accessed through the RMIT Online Learning Hub. Materials available include weekly workshop slides, assessment details and updates. It is highly recommended that these be accessed weekly before attending class.

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