Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)


Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Business)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Module Cap
Tied to N1KE12
Tied to N2KE12
Tied to N2KF12


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To provide students with the opportunity to study key topics in strategic human resource management at an advanced level.


  • Nature, language and concepts of HRM; linking human resource strategy with business strategy; concepts of hard and soft HRM.
  • Assessment and selection of relevant employment policies; recruitment and selection policies; appraisal and succession planning systems; reward, recognition and remuneration systems.
  • Management and people development; empowerment and participation; new styles of management, management development and performance management; concept of lifelong learning; the learning organisation; the MCI code; skills, competences and capabilities.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Have a critical understanding of the key concepts and theories of HRM;
  • Have a critical appreciation of the links between HR strategy and overall strategy;
  • Have a critical appreciation of the links between HRM and organisational effectiveness.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Be able to apply the subject-specific knowledge identified above in the context of their own organisations.
Key Skills:
    Written communication; planning, organising and time management; problem solving and analysis; using initiative; computer literacy.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The learning outcomes will be met through a combination of lectures, facilitated discussion sessions, group work and guided reading. Extensive use will be made of case studies and business simulations. All sessions have a high participation element, and an emphasis on action-learning.
  • Assessment of this module is by summative assignment, designed to: test the acquisition and articulation of knowledge; test conceptual understanding and skills of application and interpretation within the business context.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 9 hours in total
Groupwork 9 hours in total
Preparation & Reading 132
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Individual written assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Individual written assignment 3,000 words (Max.). 100%

Formative Assessment:

Feedback on group and individual activities undertaken during contact hours. Feedback on learning set reflections and action points related to this module.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University