Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Human Resource Management
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 2 x 2 hour
Lecture 8 x 2 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   70%
Semester Assessment 1500 Individual Word Essay/Report and Group presentation  30%
Supplementary Assessment Repeat failed elements or equivalent  30%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Repeat failed elements or equivalent  70%

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Define the key terms in Human Resource Management.
  • Explain the shift from Personnel Management to Human Resource Management.
  • Determine the key concepts of Human Resource Management.
  • Apply the elements of performance management to a company.
  • Examine Human Resource Management from an international dimension.
  • Determine the case for managing diversity in a company.


The aim of this module is to introduce MBA students to the key concepts related to human resource management. This will equip students with the relevant knowledge to use in a business context, which can be implemented either as an HR specialist, or as a non-HR specialist line manager. The course aims to use practical examples of HR issues, coupled with guest presentations from HR professionals, in order to clarify the links between Human Resource Management as an academic discipline and Human Resource Management in organisations.

Brief description

This module is designed to introduce MBA students to the fundamental principles and concepts of human resource management; how these are applied to practical issues such as recruitment, selection and training; and contemporary issues associated with the effective management of human resources in organisations both in the UK and international context.


Introduction to HRM
The Labour Market
Recruitment and Selection
Case Study Session
Skills and Training
Reward, Grievance, Discipline and Exit
Case Study Session
Outside Speaker
International HRM Presentations
Revision Session and Examination Preparation

Reading List

Should Be Purchased
Beardwell, 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 Blyton, P., and Turnbul, P., (2004) The Dynamics of Employee Relations Basingstoke: 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 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


This module is at CQFW Level 7