20 credits at level HE7
This module aims to provide the student with a critical understanding of the theories, frameworks and practices of Human Resource Management. It also allows students to develop an understanding of the development of Human Resource Management as a way of managing the labour relationship. The module is set in the context of exploring the effects of the external environment with particular regard to political. economic, social and technological change.
1. Introduction to the module outlining the progression of HRM and placing it in the wider context of employee management.
2. Examining the effects that the USA had on the emergence of HRM by developing an understanding of the contribution of America to the HRM debate.
3. The Employment Relationship. This is seen as key to the sucess of any organisation and the understanding of wider conceptual frameworks and theories will help guide this topic.
4. By exploring the effects that Japanese labour management techniques have had on organisations, students will gain an understanding of the concept of Japanisation.
5. Personnel, HRM and Line Managers - this will examine the new approaches to management of human resources with particular emphasis on devolution and deregulation.
6. Involvement, participation and empowerment - sharing of power or indirect control?
7. Flexibility and flexible work practices. Investigating their use and assessing the advantages and disadvantages to employers and employees.
8. Commitment; and understanding the psychological contract.
9. International HRM - considering HRM from a global context.
This module is equivalent to 200 learning hours.
Students' understanding of the Evaluation of Human Resource Management will be developed through a wide range of teaching and learning methods including independent reading and self directed research. The module will also ask students to reflect on their learning as part of their continuing professional development. Theoretical input will be by way of lectures, seminar discussions, case studies and journal articles which will be used for wider debate. Students will be expected to fully participate in classroom discussion and debate and to explore the experiences of fellow students who may have come from different coutries and cultures. Formative assessment methods will be used throughout the module by way of in class workshops and tutorials to assist students with their understanding, motivation and help in improving their standards.
Lecture 28 hours
Seminar/discussion work in class 14 hours
Seminar/discussion preparation 33 hours
Background reading 40 hours
Assessment preparation/writing 45 hours
Independent research 40 hours
Total 200 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Evaluate the differing perspectives of Human Resource Management||Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of Human Resource Management to the success of organisations|
|2.||Understand the development of Human Resource Management||Evaluate critically the current and emerging developments on Human Resource Management practices|
|3.||Evaluate a range of Human Resource policies and practices within a variety of often complex situations||Examine current concepts and developments and apply these creatively to issues and debates|
|4.||Develop analytical and evaluative skills which will be useful in solving people management related issues||Display the ability to apply knowledge and understanding to issues surrounding the management of human resources|
|5.||Apply theory to real life case studies||Write an effective academic essay|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Essay 4000-4500 words that will allow students to display evidence of their research and study skills by applying, critically evaluation and discussing issues addressed in class.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
Armstrong, M (2007) Human Resource Management (10th ed) London Kogan Price
Bratton,J and Gold,J (2007) Human Resource Management Theory and Practice London Palgrave
Beardwell,i., Holden, L and Claydon, T (2004) Human Resource Management: A Contemporary Approach Harlow Prentice Hall
Currie, D (2006) Introduction to Human Resource Management A Guide to Personnel In Practice London CIPD
Legge, K (1995) Human Resource Management Rhetoric or Realities London Macmillan
Human Resource Management Journal
The Journal of Management Studies
The Journal of International HRM
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