Managing Human Resources: Advanced Issues

Module description

From your studies to this point in your degree you will appreciate that managing people at work is a fascinating topic in both theory and practice, frequently with more questions than there are answers! Nevertheless in today’s competitive business context it is the strategic responsibility of human resources professionals to provide an appropriate framework to guide managerial employment practice. In this module you will learn more about the connection between human resource practices and the delivery of organisation objectives through a number of topics that are at the leading edge of people management practice.

BEM2021 is a pre-requisite for this module. 

Full module specification

Module title:Managing Human Resources: Advanced Issues
Module code:BEM3046
Module level:3
Academic year:2017/8
Module lecturers:
  • Professor Carol Woodhams - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:

7.5

Pre-requisites:

BEM2021

Co-requisites:

None

Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:

11

Module aims

This module aims to broaden your understanding of the theory and practice of managing human resources. In this module we will take an in-depth analytical approach to contemporary people management topics that will help you to understand the complexities and challenges of HRM in a variety of organisation contexts. Studying this module will assist you in being able to analyse organisations with the purpose of advising on HR solutions.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Explain the theory underpinning a strategic approach to human resource management
  • 2. Advise on different models of HR practice contingent on organisation aims and objectives
  • 3. Critically analyse limits of the HR function's influence in creating organisation change and competitive advantage
  • 4. Apply HR solutions to case study examples.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. Evaluate concepts, theories and techniques of people management
  • 6. Develop effective skills of written argument

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Apply reason and justification to a written problem
  • 8. Demonstrate the ability to work and study independently. Be self-motivated
  • 9. Present an effective argument.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
271230

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching22Lectures (2 hours per week)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching5Seminars (1 hour per fortnight)
Guided Independent Study44Seminar preparation
Guided Independent Study44Reading & assignment preparation
Guided Independent Study35Writing assignment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Seminar debates, self-assessed case studies & quizzesIn class1-9Verbal in class

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
40600

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Individual essay402000 words1-9Written feedback
Examination602 hours1-9Verbal feedback on request. Generic feedback via ELE
0

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssay (40%) 2000 words1-9July
ExaminationExamination (60%) 2 hours1-9August

Syllabus plan

  • Recapping HRM and HR Strategy.
  • The development of the HR function
  • Workforce Planning and data analytics
  • Workforce agility and flexibility
  • HRM and well-being
  • Ethics, technology and social media in HRM
  • Managing HR to support sustainability and the circular economy
  • Advanced performance management
  • Women in Leadership
  • An intersectional approach to diversity management
  • Revision

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Core text:

Torrington, D., Hall, L., Taylor, S., & Atkinson, C. (2017). Human resource management. London: Pearson.

Suggested reading:

Farnham, D. (2015). Human resource management in context; strategy, insights and solutions.  London: CIPD.

Guest, D. (2011). Human resource management and performance: still searching for some answers, Human Resource Management Journal, 21(1),3-13.

Horwitz, F., & Budhwar, P.S. (2015). Handbook of human resource management. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Taylor, S. (2011). Contemporary issues in human resource management. London CIPD.

Ulrich, D., & Dulebohn, J.H. (2015). Are we there yet? What's next for HR? Human Resource Management Review 25, (2), 188–204.

Voegtlina, C., & Greenwood, M. (2016). Corporate social responsibility and human resource management: A systematic review and conceptual analysis. Human Resource Management Review. 26, (3), 181–197

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

CIPD (Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development) provides information on managing change, organisational change, change strategies, communicating change and resistance to change. The resources includes factsheets, research reports and practical tools: http://www.cipd.co.uk/hr-topics/

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • 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
  • Management Education and Development
  • People Management
  • Personnel Review

Origin date

08/03/2017

Last revision date

17/03/2017