The University of Southampton

MANG6214 Key Skills for Human Resource Management

Module Overview

The aim of this module is to give you practical HR skills necessary to undertake a HR practitioner role within contemporary organisations.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module is part of the postgraduate Business Portfolio at Southampton Business School. It will focus on developing skills and attitudes that enable us to work and act in the modern business world. The module is relevant not just to future work opportunities but also to your day-by-day work at University. The lessons learned are intended to have immediate practical application.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • HR skills relating to employment and outsourcing practice;
  • How HR skills are integral to HR policy implementation;
  • How specific HR skills relate to differing roles adopted by HR practitioners in contemporary organisations.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Exercise self-awareness in appraising your own skill strengths and weaknesses;
  • Use more effective inter-personal skills in order to gain greater HR influence
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Relate HR theory far more effectively to practice.


Topic: • HR skills in employment and outsourcing • Inter-personal and Influencing Skills • HR skills for different HR roles

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods This module will be delivered in a series of presentation and discussion sessions with a strong emphasis on using small group exercises and role plays. Learning activities include: • Small group work • Role play • Self-awareness exercises

Independent Study42
Total study time50

Resources & Reading list

Torrington, Hall & Taylor. Human Resource Management. 



Individual and group activities


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual report  (1000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual report  (1000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual report  (1000 words) 100%
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