CEM205-Human Resource Management

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: CEM106 Sustainable Heat and Power CEM107 Sustainable Design and Management Principles and Practice
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Florence Phua

Email: f.phua@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
Effective human resource management (HRM) contributes significantly to overall organisational performance. The module will cover the essential elements of HRM and their implementation in the UK construction industry. It draws on current HRM concepts, theories and practices from different industries to facilitate understanding of the human resources issues that are faced by both construction and non-construction firms. It will explain how an informed, well-structured and participative approach to HRM can deliver substantial benefits to all stakeholders: employers and employees as well as their shareholders and clients.

(i) To provide students with an appreciation of the characteristics and practices of the construction industry and the role of HRM in both project- and non-project based organisations
(ii) To introduce students to current perspectives on key HRM concepts
(iii) To provide students with an understanding of the theories and practical considerations of HRM and its implications for construction firm performance and strategic positioning

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students will be able to understand the theory, core processes and practices of HRM and gain an appreciation of their impact on organisational and individual performance. In addition, students will have gained sufficient understanding of the complexities and implications of effective HR strategies for organisational management and critically evaluate the principles upon which different HRM practices and policies are developed in different organisational and industry contexts.

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Outline content:
This module is designed in a logical, step-by-step manner to help you develop your analytical skills to understand what may often seem to be nebulous or complex HRM issues. Emphasis will be placed on the joint development and integration of theory and practice. The guiding principle of the module is that theory and practice are inextricably linked. You will be actively encouraged to make the appropriate links through coursework assignments, practical tasks and private study. The tentative outline content for the module is indicated below.
i) HRM in the construction industry context: structure of the industry; the industry and its environment; management of (project) organisations.
ii) Principles and theories of HRM: evolution and development of HRM in modern management; current principles and theories; role of HRM in overall organisational context.
iii) Processes and practices of HRM: identify core processes and practices of HRM; design, implementation and implications of HRM strategy and policy; Organisational dynamics, structure and design.
iv) Strategic HRM: strategic HRM development in construction industry; international HRM; dynamic fit between HR systems and the changing environment.
v) Industrial relations and other HRM-related issues: managing industrial relations; introduction to employment law; managing diversity.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
To make your learning experience intellectually challenging, and practically useful this module will use a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, case studies and interactive in-class discussions. A particular emphasis will be placed on the critical evaluation of accepted concepts and principles. Contributors will include academics and practitioners who specialise in HRM in the construction sector.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 15
Seminars 9
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 100

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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:

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:
A mark of 50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
To be reassessed by re-submission of coursework/assignment only. You are required to contact the School to confirm reassessment arrangements.

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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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