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 introductory module allows students to test their wish to study Human Resource Management (HRM) in levels 5 and 6. For those who do not continue, it will offer a grounding in the elements of HRM as a key function of business and management. For those who do continue, the module indicates the areas of future study, and outlines key thinking in HRM. It addresses individual and collective issues, and lays the groundwork for the understanding of the key theoretical bases, which will underpin their future study in HRM.

This module will introduce students to the issues and principles underlying the idea of Human Resource Management. It will explore the nature of the employment relationship in Western economies; identify the principal theoretical bases for understanding the nature of the task of the human resource manager, and consider the treatment of employees as individuals and collectively. It will give a historical perspective and an overview of current issues and themes.

Intended Learning Outcomes

define what is meant by the employment relationship;:
explain the nature of the employment contract;:
assess the distribution of power between the parties;:
identify and compare the main perspectives in the study of employment relations;:
describe the history of labour management in the UK;:
relate the history of labour management to current practice;:
identify the key tasks involved in human resource management;:
identify the ways in which these tasks have shifted over time and vary between key industrial sectors and occupational groups;:
reflect on the ways in which the labour market is regulated.:

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 first elements 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: Seen Exam 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 assess the later parts of the module, and thus 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).