Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 x 2 hours
Seminars / Tutorials 5 x 2 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 3,500 word essay  50%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   50%
Supplementary Assessment Repeat failed elements or equivalent  50%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Repeat failed elements or equivalent  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

Understand the importance of organisational learning and networks in the operation of the organization

Understand the location of pay as one of a number of rewards, and links to motivation

Evaluate the contemporary issues around human resource management, and the management of a diverse workforce

Apply HR and OB theory to live cases

Brief description

The aim of the People and Organisations module is ensure students can examine and evaluate organizational behaviour and the employment relationship.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number • Interpretation of statistics, such as productivity measures
Communication Present information and analysis in a variety of forms including, but not limited to: • Case studies • Presentations • Assignments • Examinations
Improving own Learning and Performance • Identify and distil the key issues covered by lectures, tutorials and self study • Identify and use a range of learning resources • Structure study to accommodate intensive learning
Information Technology • Use a variety of web based resources, learning to analyse the validity of each • Improve use of office programmes, particularly word and powerpoint
Personal Development and Career planning • A session is devoted to talent recruitment and organisations’ use of recruitment centres, analyzing what hard and soft currencies are measured and evaluated
Problem solving • Assess relevant theoretical perspectives related to the question • Evaluate the appropriateness of these perspectives • Select and apply appropriate methods for analysing the problem • Solving live issues in the form of case studies
Research skills • Identifying relevant sources • Analysing the validity and reliability of sources
Subject Specific Skills • Develop knowledge of relevant labour law
Team work • Working in a team to analyse case studies • Working in a team to produce group work and presentations

Reading List

Essential Reading
Beardwell, J. and Claydon, I. (2010) Human Resource Management: A Contemporary Approach Harlow: Prentice Hall Primo search Bratton, J., Sawchuk, P., Forshaw, C., Callinan, M. and Corbett, M. (2010) Work and Organizational Behaviour Basingstoke: Palgrave Primo search
Recommended Text
Bach, S. (2005) Managing Human Resources: Personnel Management in Transition Oxford: Blackwell Primo search Blyton, Paul (2004.) The dynamics of employee relations /Paul Blyton and Peter Turnbull. 3rd ed. Palgrave Macmillan 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 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
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This module is at CQFW Level 7