Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Leading People and Organisations
Academic Year
Distance Learning
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Group Presentation  15 Minutes  20%
Semester Assessment ​Report / Case Study  4000 Words  80%
Supplementary Assessment Report  1000 word Individual report  20%
Supplementary Assessment ​Report / Case Study  4000 Words  80%

Learning Outcomes

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

​Examine the 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 analyses 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 Leadership, 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
Co-ordinating with others Students will need to show their ability to work as a team especially in the early stages of the project and in providing a solution to the issues highlighted.
Creative 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
Critical and analytical thinking The module demands the participants to apply organizational theory to reason and understand the challenging nature of the managing people and organisations. By introducing a variety of theoretical as well as empirical topics, the module enables students to develop creative thinking approaches to solving organizational problems. These skills will have to be applied in seminar discussions, preparation of the coursework and timed assessments.
Digital capability Students are expected to use a range of digital presentation and work processing packages. Maintain links with supervisors via email and VLE.
Professional communication Must provide a high quality report and deliver a sound and well developed presentation of the key issues relating to the project.
Real world sense Students must show critical reflective skills and adapt and improve solutions and the quality of the reports on an ongoing basis. Analysis undertaken on real world people and organisational problems with solution requiring realistic responses
Reflection The students are required to adapt their strategies and approaches to providing solutions to given people based issues and to identify the leadership skills to provide an effective solution to the issues identified.
Subject Specific Skills Must show executive level leadership and management skills in the execution of the financial analysis reports.


This module is at CQFW Level 7