Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

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%)   50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Unseen written examination  50%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of 2,500 word assignment  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


The aim of this module is to introduce undergraduate students to the key concepts related to human resource management. The module considers the development of human resource management, both as an academic discipline and a practical business function, and relates business decisions on how to manage people to the wider labour market context and industrial relations system. Students will learn how differing approaches to human resource issues such as recruitment, selection and training are influenced by both internal and external factors.

Brief description

MM33520 is a 20 credit module that is core to the undergraduate level programme. The focus will be on the key concepts of Human Resource Management that are used to manage people in contemporary organisations.


MM33520 will enhance a student’s employability in several ways. Firstly, they will gain a sound understanding of the role of the Human Resource function within organisations, the external environment in which these organisations operate, and also their own roles as potential managers within these organisations. Students will also develop the skills required by business, for example presentation skills and communication skills, and will develop teamwork, self-management and communication skills through group work. Students will also reflect upon their own competences, such as discovering their individual learning styles, and develop their reflective, adaptive, and collaborative learning. Case studies are used in each session to allow students to apply appropriate human resource management theory delivered in the lectures and studied in the essential reading, and here students will demonstrate their critical thinking, problem solving and decision making. Finally, the course provides practical assistance for those seeking employment at the end of their degree scheme, with a session devoted to recruitment and selection. This session has a particular emphasis on the current debates amongst human resource management academics and practitioners related to graduate employment, and demonstrates to students what Hard and Soft Currencies employers are seeking in their graduate recruitment programmes.

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