MMM122-Principles of Human Resource Management

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: MMM081 International Human Resource Management
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Elizabeth Houldsworth


Summary module description:

This module provides an overview of the principles of Human Resource Management (HRM) and the evolution of the HR function. It provides a grounding in the key constructs and principles in HRM so that these may examined from comparative perspective in MMM079 or from critical perspective in MMM048 (Managing people and organisations). It considers approaches to HR strategy as well as key HR processes including selection, motivation, development and performance management.

Assessable learning outcomes:
1. To critically evaluate the implications of viewing people as ‘human resources’
2. To understand the origins of what is now known as HRM and identify the principles upon which it is based
3. To compare and contrast the different approaches organisations might adopt to HR strategy
4. To explain the objectives and nature of specific areas of HR policy and practice - recruitment and selection; motivation and reward; and career management
5. To have an awareness of how HR adds value to the organisation.

Additional outcomes:
The module provides an overview of HRM for those new to the topic who might be studying other degrees or who wish to specialise in the field of International HRM.

Outline content:
1. Principles of HRM – its definitions and origins
2. Approaches to HRM strategy
3. Resourcing, recruitment and selection – principles and practice
4. Linking principles of motivation to HR practices
5. The HR value proposition
6. Principles and practice of managing performance
7. Principles and practice of reward management
8. Principles of development
9. Skill development: analysing case studies and academic writing

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The material will be covered through a combination of lectures case studies, guest lectures and online discussions. A strong emphasis will be placed on student participation and on activities and discussions in the classroom. Case studies will be used where possible to demonstrate HRM concepts in operation and Guest lecturers will make presentations on their approach to HRM, providing an opportunity to learn from real examples.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 1
Tutorials 3
Guided independent study 156 20
Total hours by term 179.00 21.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 40
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework will comprise: individual essay of 2,500 words and a reflective statement of approximately 500 words along with an assessed group presentation.

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:
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:

Length of examination:
One 2-hour unseen written paper with a weight of 50% in the overall assessment of the module

Requirements for a pass:
A weighted average mark of coursework and examination of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:
By examination only (one 2-hour unseen written paper) in August/September. Coursework will not be included in the re-assessment.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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