Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module offers students a critical insight into the nature of contemporary HRM. It will familiarise students with new methods and ideas of work organisation and the management of labour. It examines the impact of these developments on the employment relationship, and seeks explanations though an analysis of global economic pressures. Students will also be introduced to research methods and data sources used in contemporary HRM research.The combination of teaching of substantive HRM topics and research methods prepares the students for a small piece of research into a relevant HRM topic, with a Research Report forming the basis of the final assessment.The module covers concepts and issues that also have relevance for other management related disciplines and practices such as logistics, operations and marketing.
This module analyses central issues and themes that dominate contemporary debate and research in the management of labour through critical examination of the idea of Human Resource Management (HRM) as a strategic function and an overview of new forms of work organisation and employment.The module is also designed to provide students with the opportunity to undertake a programme of independent study.
Intended Learning Outcomes
evaluate the literature on management styles and relate these to Strategic HRM models: 1critically assess the meaning of 'strategic' in Strategic HRM and relate to literature on High Performance Workplaces and the management of organisation performance: 1critically assess new methods of work organisation and relate to organisational restructuring and change management: 1develop a critical awareness of the application of key HRM techniques and topics: 1identify and evaluate appropriate methods and data sources used in HRM research: 1reflect on the economic pressures which drive most contemporary managerial strategies: 1
20 Hours of Lectures and Tutorial based work10 hours research plan preparation30 hours independent research into selected topic40 hours research report assessment preparation50 hours private study
Managing Human Resources (level 5 module) and/orEmployee Resourcing (level 5 module)
1: Research Report weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
5,000 word academic reportThe research report will require the students to research a topic related to one of the selected themes covered in the module and analyse and relate the topic to the relevant academic literature on HRM. The report will be structured in line with CIPD professional standards.