APMAHRM2-Human Resource Management

Module Provider: Agriculture
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Mr Martin Wagner

Email: m.a.wagner@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module aims to provide those who will manage staff in their early careers with an understanding of human resource management, its main principles, components and processes, in relation to small, medium and large-sized businesses.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
- Describe and appreciate the role of human resource management in successful management and how it differs from the management of other resources
- Explain the main motivation and behavioural theories and assess their value to the motivation of staff
- Develop appropriate reward systems
- Select effective teams on the basis of an understanding of team roles adopted by people.
- Describe appropriate procedures for the recruitment and selection of new staff
- Develop a staff training and development programme for a position in an organisation
- Explain the role of staff appraisal and factors influencing its success
- Apply theories to evaluate appropriate ways of managing performance in staff and engaging employees.
- Describe and assess the factors that make for effective delegation
- Understand how the key areas of employment law affect employers

Additional outcomes:
Students will enhance their understanding of their own motivation, team roles and of ways of improving their own time management.

Outline content:
The lecture content covers:
1. The functions of management and exploring human resource management
2. Behavioural theories and their application to motivation and the design of payment systems
3. The use of Belbin’s concept of team roles and other psychological tests for personal assessment and achieving high-performance teams
4. Recruitment and selection, including planning selection assessment days.
5. Delegation
6. Staff training and development
7. Staff appraisal and performance management
8. Legal responsibilities of employers and their practical implications for managers

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module is based on lectures but includes a number of group exercises in class to support practical learning.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 15
Seminars 6
Practicals classes and workshops 3
Guided independent study 76
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Oral assessment and presentation 20
Class test administered by School 30

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework: Assessment within the module will be through
1. 2000 word essay (50%)
2. Presentation and discussion on essay in a seminar (20%)
3. In-class test (30%) There are two multiple choice question tests each accounting for 15% of the module mark. One test is after Enhancement Week and the other during the last taught session.

Relative percentage of coursework: 100%

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
One 1 hour unseen written examination in August/September.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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