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 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

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
12 hours of tutorial-based group work
30 hours of tutorial preparation (including group work)
30 hours of essay preparation
30 hours of open-book assessment preparation
36 hours of private study

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 50%
1,500 words 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 Assessment weighted 50%
Open-Book Assessment
Open-Book Assessment will be available on the KLE for students to answer and submit their answers. The assessment is normally set for 28 hours (from 9 am (local time) on the first working day until 1 pm (local time) on the second working day). Students should note that the time available to complete this assessment is 28 hours, but they would normally not be expected to invest more than 2 hours of active-working time on this assessment. There is no requirement for students to remain online for the duration of the assessment window. Once students have accessed their assessment paper or brief, they can work offline and submit their assessment online when ready. Answers should be as accurate and concise as possible with a max of 2000 words.