Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 x one hour lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 5 x one hour tutorials


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Unseen written examination  50%
Semester Assessment 2500 word individual assignment to be completed in the format of a report  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Unseen written examination - repeat all failed elements  50%
Supplementary Assessment 2500 word individual assignment to be completed in the format of a report - repeat all failed elements  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

* Examine the historical development of human resource management

* Analyse the major issues involved in the employment relationship and the dynamics shaping the modern employment market

* Critically discuss the key elements of employment law including managing absence and disciplinary issues

* Assess the fundamental practices of human resource management

* Critically review the changing roles of human resource specialists and line managers

* Evaluate the contemporary issues around human resources and the changing workplace


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

Essential Reading
Price, A (2004) Human Resource Management in a Business Context International Thomson Business Press: London Primo search
Recommended Text
(2005.) Human resource management /Derek Torrington, Laura Hall, Stephen Taylor. 6th ed. FT Prentice Hall Primo search Clark, Timothy A. R. (Oct. 1996) European Human Resource Management:An Introduction to Comparative Theory and Practice John Wiley & Sons Canada, Limited Primo search Cornelius, N (1999) Human Resource Management: A Managerial Perspective Thompson Business Press: London Primo search Foot, M and C Hook (2005) Introducing Human Resource Management 4th Edition Addison Wesley Longman Ltd: Harlow Primo search Pinnington, Ashly. (2000.) Introduction to human resource management /Ashly Pinnington, Tony Edwards. Oxford University Press Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6