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Leading, Managing and Developing People

Module description

This module will be of interest to anyone who is planning to develop a managerial career. The module is one which is designated as core by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), making its successful completion a prerequisite for all who are seeking chartered membership.
Our focus is on the the basic requirements for the successful management of people in an organisation, with a particular emphasis on the provision of leadership and developmental opportunities. We also cover the aims and objectives of HRM / HRD work, equality and diversity, business ethics, flexible working practices, employee engagement and the effective management of change.

Full module specification

Module title:Leading, Managing and Developing People
Module code:BEMM041
Module level:M
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
  • Mr Stephen Taylor - Convenor
Module credit:15
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Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

The main purpose of this module is to introduce you to core theoretical perspectives in the field of people management and to the most influential contemporary research on HRM, effective leadership and positive organisational outcomes. In the process you will be encouraged to critique your own experiences, to reflect critically on what approaches constitute the most effective as far as people management is concerned. Your own managerial ability will also be enhanced.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. meet the learning outcomes contained in the CIPD's advanced diploma syllabus for Leading, Managing and Developing People
  • 2. analyse and critically evaluate major ideas and practices in the field of people management in the following fields: leadership, equality and diversity, flexible working, change management, business ethics and corporate social responsibility, engaging and motivating employees, effective human resource management and human resource development practice
  • 3. evaluate major contemporary theoretical and managerial perspectives on people management

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. engage critically and analytically with literature relating to major developments in the field of people management
  • 5. appreciate how research into effective people management underpins thinking in the other, more specialised fields of HRM and HRD practice that you will be studying

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. develop and express strong, original and well-justified arguments to support your views
  • 7. advise colleagues and senior managers about making improvements to management systems and thinking in organisations

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities30Lectures, group discussions and quizzes
Preparatory Reading30Reading prior to taught sessions
Reflection and further reading30Guided reading and completion of online exercises
Test Preparation60Revision prior to your unseen test

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In-class exercises30-60 minutes each week1-7Scoring, tutor feedback and in-class discussions

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In-class test1002 hours1-7Individual feedback delivered by tutors supplemented by general feedback delivered online

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
In-class testIn-class test1-73 months

Re-assessment notes

The re-sit test will take the same form as the original test, but will comprise different questions. An additional revision session will be held for those who are re-sitting, individual advice also being given by tutors.

Syllabus plan

Over fifteen two-hour sessions you will learn about the most significant contemporary and classic research into the management of people. We will introduce you, in particular, to studies that focus on the contribution of the HR function, effective leadership, the role of ethical and sustainable practices, sound approaches to the management of change and flexibility, employee engagement and motivation.

Over 15 two hour sessions we will cover the following major topics:

  • the aims and objectives of HR work
  • key research into HRM, HRD and the effective management of people
  • equality and diversity
  • motivating and engaging staff
  • leadership
  • flexibility and change
  • business ethics, professionalism and corporate social responsibility

You will need to undertake preparatory guided reading associated with each of these areas of study before attending your taught sessions.

This module should take 150 hours, comprising 30 contact hours and 120 hours of guided study / test preparation.

You will undertake a variety of different learning activities while studying this module including lectures, a variety of in-class exercises, supplementary reading and additional online activities.

You will be encouraged to relate your own experiences and developments in organisations you have worked for to your studies and to share these with fellow students.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Core texts:

  • Adams, J. (2007) Managing People in Organizations: Contemporary Theory and Practice, Basingstoke: Palgrave
  • Rees, G. & French, R. (eds.) (2012) Leading, Managing and Developing People, London: CIPD

Indicative basic reading list:

  • Boxall, P., Purcell, J. & Wright, P. (eds.) (2007) The Oxford Handbook of Human Resource Management, Oxford: OUP
  • Gibb, S. (2007) Human Resource Development: Processes, Practices and Perspectives, Basingstoke: Palgrave
  • Holleyforde, S. & Whiddett, S. (2002) The Motivation Handbook, London: CIPD
  • Marchington, M. & Wilkinson, A. (2011) Human Resource Management at Work: People Management & Development, Fifth Edition, London: CIPD

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

You will have access to an online searchable and resources database, with links to several eBooks available on through the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE). Within this environment, you will also be supported through online discussion forums and activities.

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

As an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development you will also have access to the entirety of the Institute's website, including all published research reports, archived articles from 'People Management', fact sheets, discussion papers and briefings. 

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