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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 Available in 2010/11 Module Cap
Tied to N1K507


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To develop students’ ability to master the knowledge and understanding at an advanced level of key issues in the processes and practices of human resource management;
  • To provide students with the opportunity to critically understand research in the field of human resource management.


  • The nature of human resource management
  • HRM, performance and commitment
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Performance appraisal
  • Diversity and equal opportunities
  • Downsizing and HRM
  • HRD
  • International HRM

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Have an advanced knowledge and understanding of the nature and role of HRM in contemporary organisations;
  • Have an advanced understanding of the debates which relate to the links between HRM and organisational performance;
  • Have an advanced understanding of critical perspectives on HRM.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Be able to critically evaluate the processes, procedures and practices of contemporary HRM.
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

  • Through a combination of lectures, seminars and guided reading addressing key topics in human resource management, students will acquire the advanced skills and knowledge to enable them to develop a thorough understanding of this specialist field of study. The learning log will facilitate critical reflection on their learning and skills development.
  • The assessment of the module, by a learning log, is designed to test students’ knowledge and understanding of the subject-matter and their ability to apply it to the analysis of specific topics in HRM as the module progresses.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 9 2 hours 18
Seminars 4 1 hour 4
Preparation & Reading 128
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written assignment in the form of a learning log 2,500 words maximum 100%

Formative Assessment:

Draft of learning log (1500 words)

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