Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 lecture hours
Seminars / Tutorials 5 hours of tutorials per student


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Unseen written examination (50%)  50%
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,500 word assignment (50%) 1 x 2,500 word assignment (50%)   50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Repeat Failed Elements or equivalent  2 hour unseen written examination (50%)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Repeat Failed Elements or equivalent  Resubmission of 1 x 2,500 word individual assignment (50%)  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

* Examine the historical development of human resource management, both as an academic discipline and within organisations;

* Analyse the major issues involved in the employment relationship and the dynamics shaping the contemporary labour market;

* Locate organisations' approaches to recruitment, selection and training within the wider industrial relations context;

* Critically review the changing roles of human resource specialists, and line managers who also manage people;

* Understand the location of pay as one of a number of rewards;

* Evaluate the contemporary issues around human resource management, and the development of the labour movement;

* Locate the human resource management function in an international context.


Human resource theorists contend that, if effectively managed, human resources are the greatest source of competitive advantage for organisations. As such, the effective and efficient management of people is a fundamental element of modern management practice, with which students of management need to be familiar. Therefore, it is proposed that human resource management, previously restricted to an elective module, becomes a core module within Business and Management degree schemes, modified to reflect its increasing importance.

Brief description

This module is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the fundamental principles and concepts of human resource management, its legal framework, and a range of issues associated with the effective management of human resources in contemporary organisations.


  • Historical development of human resource management (personnel management versus HRM)
  • Industrial Relations (role of trade unions)
  • Labour market and Human Resource Planning
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Training and Development (Human Resource Development ? including professional development)
  • Reward Management
  • Employment law
  • Contemporary HRM (work life balance, flexible working, technology etc)

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Calculations required to support HR planning and managing absence and sickness levels.
Communication Oral presentation of tutorial exercises. Compilation and structuring of the report.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students to show awareness of their own learning styles, personal preferences and needs, and identify barriers to learning. Demonstrate self awareness and manage completion of coursework and development of individual research skills.
Information Technology Through accessing various databases for reference material and use of word processing skills in the compilation of the coursework.
Personal Development and Career planning Development of various personal and interpersonal skills, generally transferable in career terms, including initiative, independence and self awareness, in addition to skills above.
Problem solving Students will be encouraged to develop creative thinking approaches to problem solving. Through researching and producing the report students will have to review, synthesis and formulate information in an innovative way.
Research skills By identifying, gathering and assimilating information from various sources for both tutorial exercises and coursework.
Subject Specific Skills Development of skills appropriate to the management of people including communication, listening, and negotiating skills.
Team work Tutorials to include group exercises.

Reading List

Should Be Purchased
Beardwelll, J. and Claydon, I. (2010) Human Resource Management: A Contemporary Approach Harlow: Prentice Hall Primo search
Recommended Text
Bach, S. (2005) Managing Human Resources: Personnel Management in Transition Oxford: Blackwell Primo search Colling, T. and Terry, M. (2010) Industrial Relations: Theory and Practice Oxford: Blackwell Primo search Gilmore, S. and Williams, S. (2009) Human Resource Management Oxford: Oxford University Press Primo search Price, A. (2004) Human Resource Management in a Business Context London: Thomson Primo search Rose, E. (2004) Employment Relations Harlow: Prentice Hall Primo search Torrington, D., Taylor, S. and Hall, L. (2007) Human Resource Management Harlow: Prentice Hall Primo search
Recommended Consultation
Human Resource Management, Personnel Review, Human Resource Management Journal, Management Development Review, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Industrial Relations Journal, Human Relations Primo search;;; A reading list for each week will be provided on Blackboard. Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6