Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
People and Organizations
Academic Year
Semester 1
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Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Narrated Powerpoint presentation  (5 minutes)  20%
Semester Assessment Group report  (1,500 words)  20%
Semester Assessment Individual Written Assignment  (3,000 words)  60%
Supplementary Assessment Narrated Powerpoint presentation  (5 minutes)  20%
Supplementary Assessment Group report  (1,500 words)  20%
Supplementary Assessment Individual Written Assignment  (3,000 words)  60%

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 organizations, and analyse the major issues involved in the employment relationship and the dynamics shaping the contemporary labour market

* Locate an organization’s approaches to recruitment, selection and training within the wider industrial relations context

* Demonstrate a critical awareness of the importance of organizational learning and networks in the operation of the organization

* Demonstrate a critical awareness of the location of pay as one of a number of rewards, and links to motivation

* Evaluate the importance of emotional intelligence as a key element of leadership, and identify the management tools that might be deployed to address cultural challenges in leadership in an international context

* Evaluate the contemporary issues around human resource management, including change management and developing a creative workforce

Brief description

This module investigates the ways in which the development of an organization is driven through its own people. Relevant theoretical principles and models of human resource management, organizational behaviour and leadership are considered. Specific emphasis is given to topics such as recruitment and selection, employee motivation and remuneration, organizational culture and managing change, and diversity in employment. There is an emphasis on applications using practical examples and, where possible, guest speakers will be invited to provide case studies


  • Introduction to people management and organizational behaviour
  • Historical development of human resource management, both as an academic discipline and within organizations
  • The employment relationship and the contemporary labour market
  • Recruitment, selection, training and performance management
  • People management, motivation, remuneration and engagement
  • Grievance, discipline and exit
  • Organizational culture, organizational learning, and networks
  • Organizational change and change management
  • Leadership and emotional intelligence, people skills and cultural challenges in an international context
  • Creativity within the workplace
  • Organizational behavior theory in relation to principles of human resource management

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: 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 e learning
Information Technology Use a variety of web based resources, learning to analyses 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 organizations’ use of recruitment centres
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 liv e issues in the form of case studies
Research skills Identifying relevant sources Analysing the validity and reliability of sources
Subject Specific Skills Develop an understanding of organizational psychology and personality measurements
Team work Working in a team to produce group work and presentations


This module is at CQFW Level 7