HRM-40044 - Strategic Human Resource Management
Coordinator: Michael Pender Tel: +44 1782 7 34469
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Level: Level 7
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733094

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

This module offers students a critical overview of the key issues and themes that dominate contemporary debate and research in HRM. It considers the nature of HRM strategies and practices from a range of theoretical insights and in light of research-based evidence and HRM practice in different organisational contexts.

This module analyses key issues and themes that dominate contemporary debate and research in the management of labour through critical examination of the idea of HRM and major debates about the theory and practice of HRM.

Intended Learning Outcomes

describe and explain the portfolio of contemporary HRM strategies and practices: 1,2
reflect on the economic pressures which drive most contemporary labour management strategy and strategic priorities: 1,2
explain the meaning of strategic HRM and evaluate in light of contemporary research and developments in the field: 1,2
critically assess methods of labour management and work organisation in different organisational settings: 1,2
evaluate the nature and impact of contemporary management strategies and practices on the employment relationship: 1,2
debate and critically evaluate a range of theories relating to employee behaviour: 2

Study hours

18 hours lectures,
3 hours structured feedback session (poster presentation)
9 hours tutorial-based work
3 hours examination
27 hours assignment preparation
20 hours tutorial preparation
70 independent study hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Poster Presentation weighted 30%
Group-based poster presentation
In groups students will be required to produce and present a poster that identifies and critically evaluates strategic human resource management in relation to contemporary evidence and insights. Presentation should take 10 minutes

2: Open Book Examination weighted 70%
Open book exam
Assessment 2 is a take-away exam covering the whole module syllabus which will be available on KLE for 28 hours for students to answer and submit their answer via Turnitin File. Although students have been given significant time to complete this exam script, we expect most students to spend no more than 3 hours to complete and submit their answers via Turnitin (with a maximum of 3,000 words). Answers should be as accurate and concise as possible.. The assessment requires students to answer a set of (unseen) questions related to a case study which will be provided to the students at least one week ahead of the exam (and which they will also receive a clean copy of in the exam)