Human Resource Management
The content of this module is largely based on the UK model of Human Resource Management which is highly regarded internationally. Good practice in Human Resource Management is very applicable to other contexts and internationally translatable.
All of the notes from the lectures will be made available on the ELE (Exeter Learning Environment).
In this module, students acquire an understanding of human resource management and how to operate as a line manager with people management responsibilities. They also develop their skills in team working, conflict resolution, and motivational leadership; and they enhance their understanding of good practice in recruitment selection, performance management, discipline and grievance, and they learn how to manage others.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Human Resource Management|
BEM1023 or BEM1028.
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 2: |
- To introduce students to the context, theory and practice of human resource management
- To develop a critical orientation toward the subject matter and an awareness of the complexity of managing people.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. understand the theoretical underpinnings of HRM
- 2. apply HR theories to HR practice with sensitivity to context
- 3. actively engage with debates of aspects of HR practice
- 4. critically analyse HRM rhetoric
- 5. produce appropriate theoretical and practical solutions to organisational problems
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 6. demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate concepts, theories and techniques
- 7. develop effective arguments
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 8. think analytically
- 9. apply reason and justification within discussion
- 10. demonstrate the ability to work independently and be self-motivated
- 11. present an argument
- 12. demonstrate effective independent study
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Presentation and seminar discussions||In class||1-12||Verbal in class|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|HR Reflective Blog Exercise||50||2000 words approx||1-12||Written feedback|
|Examination||50||2 hours||1-12||Verbal feedback|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|HR Reflective Blog Exercise||HR Blog Exercise (approx. 2000 words)||1-12||July Assessment Period|
|Examination||Examination (2 hours)||1-5, 8-12||August Examination Period|
- Introduction to Human Resource Management
- Human Resource Management in a Business Context
- Human Resource Strategy and Human Resource Advantage
- Organisation Flexibility and the Supply of Labour
- Employment Law
- Managing Diversity
- Reward, Performance and Rewarding Performance
- Managing the Employment relationship
- Developing Human Resources
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Torrington, D., Taylor, S., Hall, L. & Atkinson, C. (2020) Human Resource Management. Eleventh Edition. Pearson: Harlow.
Marchington M. & Wilkinson, A. (2016) Human Resource Management at Work: People Management and Development. Sixth Edition. CIPD: London
Wilkinson, A. Redman, T. &Dundon, T. (2016) Contemporary Human Resource Management: Text and Cases. Fifth Edition. Pearson: Harlow.
Bach, S. & Edwards, M. (eds) (2012) Managing Human Resources. Fifth Edition. Wiley: Chichester.
Beardwell, J. & Thompson, A. (2017) Human Resource Management: A Contemporary Approach. Eighth Edition. Pearson: Harlow.
Wilton, N. (2023) An Introduction to Human Resource Management. Fifth Edition. Sage: London.
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Other resources
Useful journals include:
Academy of Management Journal Academy of Management Review
British Journal of Industrial Relations Employee Relations
Harvard Business Review Human Resource Management, the journal
Human Resource Management Journal Human Resource Planning
Journal of General Management Journal of Management Development
Journal of Management Studies Personnel Review
People Management Management Education and Development
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