Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
People and Organisations
Academic Year
Semester 1

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 1 Hours   Class Test  20%
Semester Assessment 1,500 word essay  20%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Examination  60%
Supplementary Assessment 1,500 Word Essay  20%
Supplementary Assessment 1 Hours   Class Test  20%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Examination  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 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

Understand the importance of organisational learning and networks in the operation of the organization

Understand the location of pay as one of a number of rewards, and links to motivation

Evaluate the contemporary issues around human resource management, and the management of a diverse workforce

Apply HR and OB theory to live cases


The module begins with a macro perspective, investigating theoretical perspectives of organisations and the employment relationship, and the context of the labour markets in which they operate. The module then explores the employment relationship by examining this process, starting with recruitment and selection, and then the training and development of people. The module then examines motivation of individuals, and examines the specific case of change management, and then investigates how this is linked to pay and reward. Students also examine the impacts of an increasingly diverse workforce and the influence of the labour movement. The module then investigates what happens when there are problems in the employment relationship, with a study of grievance and discipline, and finally exit. The module also introduces students to relevant Organisational Behaviour theory. Finally, the module concludes with sessions introducing contemporary research in the fields of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour, influenced by the research conducted within SMB. Students then have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained during the course.

Brief description

The aim of the People and Oganisations module is to ensure students can examine and evaluate organizational behaviour and the employment relationship.

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: • Case studies • 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 learning
Information Technology • Use a variety of web based resources, learning to analyse 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 organisations’ use of recruitment centres, analyzing what hard and soft currencies are measured and evaluated
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 live issues in the form of case studies
Research skills • Identifying relevant sources • Analysing the validity and reliability of sources
Subject Specific Skills • Develop knowledge of relevant labour law
Team work • Working in a team to analyse case studies • Working in a team to produce group work and presentations


This module is at CQFW Level 7