MM277-Human Resource Management

Module Provider: International Business and Strategy
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Rita Fontinha

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module examines the main concepts, principles and contemporary practices that are part of the management of work and people in organisations.


Modern organisations have developed and utilised a range of practices to manage work and people strategically. This module explores contemporary practices in managing work and human resources in organisations and critically examines key assumptions and principles underlying those practices. It focuses on individual practices in relation to the development and enhancement of an employee’s attitudes and behaviour in the organisation. The link between these strategic practices and individual performance will be explored by considering different attitudinal theories as mediators within this relationship. Students are expected to understand the objectives and nature of practices in managing work and human resources, and anticipate their potential outcomes.

Assessable learning outcomes:

1. To explain the conditions of individual performance in managing work and human resources

2. To evaluate the relevance of main approaches in work design to a particular strategic context

3. To explain key principles and practices in employee staffing and development and the dynamic nature of human development

4. To evaluate the alternative approaches in performance management in a particular strategic context

5. To explain the principles in reward system design and evaluate the relevance of a reward system to a particular strategic context

6. To explain the contexts and practices of employee voice and participation

Additional outcomes:

The module content should help students navigate the graduate labour market, and by gaining a better understanding of what future employers are likely to expect of them during the recruitment process, they should be better prepared as they enter the professional workplace. Students are encouraged to develop and apply creative as well as critical thinking.

Outline content:

1. Introduction to HRM and the conditions of individual performance (lectures 1 and 2)

2. History and alternative approaches to work design (lecture 3)

3. Strategic employee staffing (lecture 4)

4. Strategic employee development (lecture 5)

5. Strategic performance management (lecture 6)

6. Principles of motivation and reward system design (lecture 7)

7. Practices of employe e voice and participation (lecture 8)

8. Critical evaluation of practices in managing work and human resources (lectures 9 and 10)

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The material will be covered through a combination of lectures and tutorials, where theoretical knowledge will be applied in a series of case studies. A strong emphasis will be placed on student participation and on activities and discussions in the classroom. In case studies during lectures, companies’ approach to HRM will be presented and discussed to provide an opportunity to learn from real examples. In tutorials students will work in small groups through activities designed to incr ease their understanding of the core topics outlined above, including learning by doing and using creative problem-solving techniques.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 22 2
Tutorials 10
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 10
    Wider reading (directed) 5
    Exam revision/preparation 72
    Advance preparation for classes 8
    Essay preparation 70
    Reflection 1
Total hours by term 126 0 74
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Written assignment including essay 40

Summative assessment- Examinations:

One written examination lasting two hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Coursework: One piece of written work of 2000 words. Students will be required to critically analyse a firm's approach to managing its work processes and human resources and its impact on employees’ attitudes and behaviour. Students will also be asked to make recommendations based on this critical analysis. Relative percentage of coursework: Coursework has a weight of 40% in the final assessment mark. Penalties for late submission of coursework will be in line with University policy. To be submitted on the last week of the Autumn term.

Formative assessment methods:

Feedback on informal group work in tutorials: Students as a group will be required to present their discussion outcomes in tutorials and feedback on the presentations will be given to improve the performance of coursework. Written feedback will also be provided to students who submit a 300-word draft of their coursework before the submission of their actual final coursework essay.

Penalties for late submission:

University penalties for late submission apply.  See:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A weighted average mark of coursework and examination of 40%.

Reassessment arrangements:

By written examination only. Re-examination for Finals takes place in August of the same year.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Human Resource Management, 6th edition: Theory and Practice by John Bratton and Jeff Gold (2017) Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN: 0001137572590

RRP £56.99

Last updated: 29 September 2021


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