Keele Management School  
HRM-20015 Managing Human Resources  
Co-ordinator: Dr Carola Weissmeyer    Room: DW1.27, Tel:+44 1782 7 33603  
Lecture Time: See Timetable...  
Level: Level 5 Credits: 15 Study Hours:  
School Office: Tel: 01782 733094
Programme/Approved Electives for


Available as a Free Standing Elective





'Foundations of HRM' (HRM-10007) or 'Employee Resourcing' (HRM-20017)

Barred Combinations


Description for 2017/18

This module develops and extends key themes and theories from the first year module 'Foundations of HRM'. The module content is central to the study of Human Resource Management (HRM) covering: the process for resolving disciplinary cases and grievances; the management of dismissal, redundancy and retirement; flexibility and work-life balance; performance management; equality and diversity; and health and safety at work. The module provides students, from a conceptual and theoretical perspective, with an understanding of some of the core issues and processes involved in HRM, which are crucial to professional practice.


To develop a critical understanding of the theory and practice of Human Resource Management and of selected managerial practices associated with it. To develop an understanding of workplace procedures (e.g. discipline and grievance, health and safety) and forms of employee representation and employee involvement.

Intended Learning Outcomes

identify trends of Human Resource Management and the management of labour in the 21st century environment;:
explore the nature and function of workplace procedures, (their legal underpinning and the importance of precision in drafting and conceptualisation) and their implications for the employment relationship;:
explore key legal requirements in the management of dismissal, redundancy and retirement, reflect on alternatives to redundancy and various approaches to the management of retirement;:
describe the basic legal requirements generally surrounding health and safety at work;:
reflect on drivers for work-life balance, explain the legislative context and the range of work-life balance practices, and assess the benefits and problems with work-life balance policies;:
explain issues of performance management and performance appraisals, working hours and diversity within the workplace, and the nature of contemporary issues and debates.:

Study hours

21 hours lectures and tutorials (15 hours lectures and 6 hours tutorials)
5 hours tutorial-based case study discussion
10 hours student-led group work (case study)
20 hours preparation for essay assessment
20 hours preparation for examination assessment
74 hours private study (including preparation of essay plan)

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

001: Essay weighted 50%
2,000 words essay
The essay will cover the early part of the module. The essay is expected to be diagnostic as well as summative to enable tutors to spot poor academic writing skills and recommend remedies through feedback. This is part of a continuous process within the school.

002: Unseen Exam weighted 50%
2 hour unseen exam
The exam will assess the later part of the module and will be structured in two parts, each with a choice of questions. One question must be answered from each section. Answers are expected to be of a critical nature, demonstrating understanding of the key issues and arguments covered in the later parts of the module.

Version: (1.07) Updated: 09/Jan/2018

This document is the definitive current source of information about this module and supersedes any other information.