Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials
Lecture 2 Hours.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   70%
Semester Assessment 2000 Word Essay/Report  30%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   100%

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.


To equip students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the work of the personnel function in various organisations. To assess the appropriateness of organisational behavioural contributions developed in the Organisation Behaviour module for current human resource management practices and opportunities. To develop in some detail the human resource management contribution to the management of different organisations especially in the global context. To analyse the nature of power and authority in organisations in relation to the development of appropriate and effective Human Resource Management practices. To develop the knowledge and skills required by Human Resource Management in making an effective contribution to organisations.

Brief description

The module will take a macro to micro perspective and will consider the following issues:

  • Human Resource Management within the context of overall organisational performance.
  • Organisational and national culture as a variable affecting the effective implementation of PM systems
  • An evaluation of traditional personnel management versus strategic Human Resource Management, the myths and realities.
  • Micro issues influencing, and influenced by, PMS and HRM: Entry (recruitment and selection); Ongoing (training and development, empowerment, appraisal); Outgoing (labour turnover, succession planning).

Reading List

Recommended Text
Banfield, P and Kay, R. (2008) Introduction to Human Resource Management Oxford University Press Primo search Beardwell, I., Holden, L., Claydon, T (2007) Human Resource Management: A contemporary approach 5th edition Prentice Hall Primo search Dowling, PJ, Festing, M, Engle AD (2008) International Human Resource Management 5 Edition Thomson Pub Primo search Redman, T and Wilkinson, A (2001) Contemporary Human Resource Management, Text and Cases Prentice Hall Primo search Sparrow, P., Brewster, C and Harris H (2004) Globalizing Human Resource Management Routledge Pub Primo search Torrington, D., Hall, L and Taylor, S (2005) Human Resource Management 6 Edition Prentice Hall Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7