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MANG2055 Human Resource Management (SIM)

Module Overview

This module seeks to provide students with an introduction to key areas of human resource management in contemporary organisations and to examine on-going debates concerning the nature and development of human resource management.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The module is designed to strike a balance between the examination of specific human resource management policies and practices and wider conceptual and theoretical debates concerning changing patterns of employment relations. In particular, it will examine the question of how far strategic HRM constitutes a distinctive approach to the management of employee relations and the extent to which it differs from more traditional models of human resource management.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Define the distinctive features of strategic HRM and compare it with traditional approaches;
  • Identify the key issues to be considered in the implementation of human resource strategies in two of the following areas: recruitment and selection; incentives and reward systems; performance appraisal; training and employee development; promotion and career concerns; employee participation;
  • Distinguish alternative approaches to specific issues of practice in the areas identified, describe the factors to be taken into account in choosing between alternatives, and evaluate the applicability of these approaches in particular instances.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically assess various strategies available to HR personnel in a variety of workplace settings.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply skills such as learning, communication and self-management.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Evaluate various forms of incentive or performance pay, i.e. piece-rates, commissions, bonuses, stock options etc.;
  • Understand employment and training as a mutual relationship – based on the view that human resources are a kind of capital; and
  • Understand various issues involved in organizational development.


• The historical development of personnel management • The concept of strategic human resources • Human resource management and corporate strategy • Recruitment strategies and equal opportunities • Job design and organizational architecture • Compensation systems • Performance appraisal: objectives and methods • Training and career development • Employee participation

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Typically you will study the module over 4 weeks with the first 2 weeks having intensive teaching in the form of lectures, and seminars which will include individual and group practical exercises, workshops, case studies. The following 2 weeks will be organised self-study (reading designated texts, journal papers and critical discussion with peers), and preparation of assessed coursework. You will be expected to play a highly interactive part in lectures and seminars. Where an examination is involved this will take place at the end of Semester at a designated time. An online revision session will prepare you for assessment. As with all programmes in the Faculty, student learning will also be supported by published course materials and Blackboard: the University's virtual learning environment.

Wider reading or practice10
Preparation for scheduled sessions45
Follow-up work30
Completion of assessment task15
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Baron, J. & Kreps, D. (1999). Strategic Human Resources. 

Mullins, L. (2016). Management and Organizational Behaviour. 

Bratton, J. (2015). Introduction to Work and Organizational Behaviour. 

Boddy, D. (2014). Management: An introduction. 

Torrington, D., Hall, L., Taylor, S. and Hutchinson, C. (2017). Human Resource Management. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 70%
Individual Coursework  ( words) 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Coursework  (2000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 70%
Individual Coursework  ( words) 30%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the recommended text(s) as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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