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University of Exeter Business School

Human Resource Management

Module titleHuman Resource Management
Module codeBEM2021
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Mr Stephen Taylor (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Module description


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.

Module aims - intentions of the module

  • 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.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 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

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate concepts, theories and techniques
  • 7. develop effective arguments

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 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

Syllabus plan

  • 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
  • Resourcing
  • Employment Law
  • Managing Diversity
  • Reward, Performance and Rewarding Performance
  • Managing the Employment relationship
  • Developing Human Resources
  • Revision 

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
Contact hours20Lectures
2Revision lectures

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Presentation and seminar discussionsIn class1-12Verbal in class

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
HR Reflective Blog Exercise502000 words approx1-12Written feedback
Examination502 hours1-12Verbal feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
HR Reflective Blog ExerciseHR Blog Exercise (approx. 2000 words)1-12July Assessment Period
Examination Examination (2 hours)1-5, 8-12August Examination Period

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 EditionPearson: 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. 

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

Credit value15
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

BEM1023 or BEM1028.

Module co-requisites


NQF level (module)


Available as distance learning?


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