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MANG6153 Strategic Human Resource Development

Module Overview

The need for specialist personnel or human resource managers plus line managers to effectively understand the development needs of businesses and their employees is increasing as organisational and environmental pressures for change gain momentum. This course is designed to actively prepare the student to effectively perform within a senior position in a Human Resource Development/ Organisational Change Agent function. Alternatively line managers may gain a more strategic overview of the importance of development activities within organisations via this course. There has been an increase in the importance of employee and organisation development initiatives and interventions within businesses as many have now developed a more strategic approach to developing people than was historically the case. The student therefore needs a thorough understanding of where human resource development fits into the overall business strategy. Of chief importance Human Resource Development technologies have emerged as crucial levers in securing organisational change requiring senior practitioners to be far more competent in selecting, implementing and evaluating HRD initiatives. Within such complex business environments, the capacity to critically assess developments within the field and importantly relate practice to both underpinning theories and empirical evidence becomes paramount. This course is designed above all both through the teaching and learning strategy employed and the material covered, to equip students with the knowledge and skills to achieve this.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • the nature of HRD, its history, origins and national and international context;
  • the nature of corporate learning strategy and its part in planned organisational change;
  • the integration of HRD with other areas of HRM and overall business strategy;
  • the wide range of approaches and interventions which comprise HRD and which impact on all categories of employees;
  • the identification and uses of competencies in the process of determining development and potential;
  • how modern HRD philosophies such as the learning organisation, continuous development and based learning and development can contribute to individual and organisation development;
  • the main components and variations in management development systems within organisations.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • analyse and understand how HRD links into strategic HRM and the overall corporate objectives and strategies of the organisation;
  • identify and understand the role of the HRD practitioner in the development and implementation of strategic HRD plans;
  • develop a critical understanding of the various philosophies and contemporary practices surrounding the area of HRD including the Learning Organisation, Continuous Development, Empowerment and Knowledge Management.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • undertake more structured self-reflection on your professional development and competence, identifying areas for ongoing development;
  • think analytically in your approaches to organisational problem solving;
  • utilise a range of IT and computing skills in the preparation of a persuasive arguements;
  • undertake effective searches for both qualitative and quantitative information using a range of information sources.


• Organisational Behaviour theories • Motivation, Individual Differences, Emotional Intelligence • Teams and Teamwork • Individual, Team & Organisational Learning • Networks and Commitment • HRD systems and performance

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, case studies, directed reading, small and large group discussion. Teaching methods include: • An individual assignment • Case study problem solving • Directed reading • Action learning set discussions

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

R. and Cross, C. eds. (2015). Human Resource Development: A Concise Introduction. 

Bratton, J. and Gold, J. (2012). Human resource management: theory and practice. 

Beevers, K and Rea, A. (2016). Learning and Development Practice in the Workplace. 

Mankin, D (2009). Human Resource Development. 



Questions and answers


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%

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:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text 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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