MMM122-Principles of 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: 2023/4

Module Convenor: Dr Elizabeth Houldsworth

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module provides an introduction to the field of human resource management in terms of the development of the function; its approach to strategy and the deployment of the key practices of human resource management.  It is relevant for any students considering a career where they will be managing others or for those interested in a career specialising in HRM.


This module provides an overview of the principles of Human Resource Management (HRM) and its main practices. It provides a grounding in the key constructs and principles of HRM.  It considers approaches to HR strategy as well as key HR processes including selection, motivation, development and performance management. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

  1. Critically evaluate the implications of viewing people as ‘human resources’

  2. Understand the origins of what is now known as HRM and identify the principles upon which it is based 

  3. Compare and contrast the different approaches organisations might adopt to HR strategy 

  4. Explain the objectives and nature of specific areas of HR policy and practice - recruitment and selection; motivation and reward training anddevelopment and talent and career management 

  5. Be aware of  how HR adds value to the organisation 

  6. Reflect on their experience of collaborative cross-cultural group working

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  HRM.  It supports the development of critical reflection as well as the ability to link theory to practice and to work in international teams. 

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. Talent management 

  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                                                                                                                                                                                 

Global context:

The module uses global examples and case studies.  

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures are used to provide the knowledge base in conjunction with independent reading. Students will be expected to share their ideas and contribute to classroom discussions in lectures and in tutorials. Group work plays a part in this module and there is an assessed group presentation. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 3
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 34
    Wider reading (directed) 40
    Advance preparation for classes 30
    Preparation for tutorials 3
    Preparation for presentations 20
    Group study tasks 15
    Essay preparation 30
    Reflection 5
Total hours by term 200 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Students submit coursework in the Autumn and Spring term accounting for 100% of the module mark. The Coursework comprises a group presentation (including a summary of what each individual has contributed) accounting for 30% of module mark and an individual essay and reflection of no more than 3000 words accounting for 70% of module mark. Word counts are +/- 10%.


Group Presentations are in week 12.

Individual Essay submitted in week 20

Formative assessment methods:

Lectures and seminars contain interactive exercises and these allow for formative feedback.

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:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A weighted average mark of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:

Submission of a coursework essay (different question) in August/September of the same year.


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Cost Amount
1. Required text book £45.00


Last updated: 30 March 2023


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