HRM-10007 - Foundations of Human Resource Management
Coordinator: Sunday Adebola Tel: +44 1782 7 33425
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733094

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

This module will introduce students to the issues and principles underlying the idea of Human Resource Management. It explores the history and development of HRM as a way of managing people in the world of work using relevant theories and case studies. The module considers the various functions of HRM and emphasises the employment relationship, allowing students to develop a high-level overview of the employment relations perspectives and debates. For students who will go on to study HRM at levels five and six, this module will lay the groundwork for the understanding of the key theoretical bases, which will underpin their future study in HRM.

- To introduce students to the fundamentals of human resource management, and the different approaches to the study and practice of human resource management.
- To enable students to critically analyse the employment relationship and the key perspectives on employment relations.
- To provide students with opportunities to engage with topical challenges in the management of contemporary issues in HRM including international human resource management (IHRM).

Intended Learning Outcomes


Study hours

12 hours of lectures
10 hours of tutorial-based group work
30 hours of tutorial preparation (including group work)
30 hours of essay preparation
30 hours of exam preparation
38 hours of private study

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 50%
1,500 word essay
This assessment will relate to the 2nd theme of the module. It is expected to be diagnostic as well as summative, allowing tutors to identify poor essay-writing skills and refer for remedial work. This is part of a continuous process within the school.

2: Open Book Examination weighted 50%
2 hour examination
The exam paper will be made available to students 1 week (7 days) before the date of the exam. Tutor assistance with exam preparation will be available before the exam paper is released, but not afterwards. The exam will be in two parts, with a compulsory question in the first part and a choice of questions in the second part, of which two must be attempted (3 answers in total).