Human Resource Management and Psychology 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Human Resource Management and Psychology.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


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UCAS code: CN86

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Course Overview

The Human Resource Management and Psychology course offers a superb critical insight into the multi-faceted relationship between the worker and the organisation by building a detailed understanding of the reasons why humans feel, think and act in the ways they do. Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) for the Human Resource Management element and the British Psychological Society for its psychology modules, this course is an excellent intellectual platform for a number of people-focused careers in management.

In the Human Resource Management modules, you will learn about formal and informal ways of regulating the employment relationship in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including legislation and industrial relations. You’ll explore how organisations function as part of their wider economic and political context, how they are managed and how they plan their future needs.

In the Psychology modules, you will find out what the latest research tells us about human behaviour in a biological and cognitive framework. In our well-equipped laboratories, you will learn how to design and conduct your own psychological studies using a range of quantitative and qualitative techniques. The emphasis is on understanding how psychology impacts on everyday life; from developing a sense of self and negotiating personal relationships to influencing judgements about matters of global significance.

What will this mean for my future?

Accredited by both the British Psychological Society and the CIPD, this course can be a stepping stone to further develop into either of these spheres or give you the grounding for a wide range of careers relating to them. You may choose a career in training and development, equality and diversity or recruitment, or as a clinical counsellor, occupational therapist or sports psychologist.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Individuals and Society
  • Management in context
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • British and Global Economy
  • Introduction to Applied Psychology
  • Foundations of HRM
  • The British and Global Economy

Second year

  • Development and Social Psychology
  • Employee Resourcing
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Developing Professional Knowledge and Practice in HRM
  • Social Psychology in the Modern World
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Employment Relations

Third year

  • Pay and Performance
  • Psychology Project
  • Researching Contemporary Issues in HRM
  • Key Readings in Cognitive Psychology Discrimination & Equal Opportunities at Work
  • International HRM
  • Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Human Resource Management In years 1 and 3 you MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Human Resource Management achieved by taking two compulsory modules and one optional module. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject. Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of Human Resource Management optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

In year 2 you MUST take four compulsory modules and one optional module.

 

Psychology  A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Psychology modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

15

0

0

2

60

0

0

0

0

3*

45

0

15

0

0

* in year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Human Resource Management Year 1 (Level 4)

IMPORTANT: To qualify for CIPD you MUST complete and pass ALL modules with an asterisk *

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

SEMESTER ONE

 

SEMESTER ONE

 

British and Global Economy ECO-10025*

15

Management in Context MAN-10018*

15

   

Introductory Microeconomics ECO-10028

15

   

Quantitative Methods 1 ECO-100261

15

   

Marketing Principles MAN-10019

15

   

Accounting Principles MAN-100152

15

   

Business Law LAW-10027

15

   

Global Business Environments MAN-10022

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-900036

15

SEMESTER TWO

 

SEMESTER TWO

 

Foundations of Human Resource Management HRM-10007*

15

Managing in a Changing Society

15

   

Quantitative Methods 2 ECO-100273

15

   

Financial Accounting MAN-100274

15

   

Introduction to International Business MAN-100236

15

   

MNE Business Perspectives MAN-100265

15

Notes:

* Required for CIPD accreditation

  1. Not available for students with A-Level Maths (or equivalent). For students without A-Level Maths, wishing to take Quantitative Methods 2 (ECO-10027), you will need to take this module
  2. You will need to take this module if you wish to take Financial Accounting MAN-10024
  3. Prerequisite of either A Level Maths (or equivalent) OR Quantitative Methods 1 (ECO-10026)
  4. Prerequisite Accounting Principles MAN-10015
  5. Live company project, recommended for those wishing to take a Placement Year
  6. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year

 

Psychology Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology

15

Understanding self and others better: an introduction to counselling theories

15

Introduction to Research Design

15

Distress and Mental Health

15

Introduction to Biological & Cognitive Psychology

15

Natural, unnatural, supernatural: the psychology of unusual phenomena

15

Introduction to Statistics for Psychology

15

Applied Psychology

15

 

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Human Resource Management Year 2 (Level 5)

IMPORTANT: To qualify for CIPD you MUST complete and pass ALL modules with an asterisk *

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

SEMESTER ONE

 

SEMESTER ONE

 

Employee Resourcing HRM-20017*

15

Organisational Behaviour MAN-20055

15

Developing Professional Practice (long thin 15 credit module which spans Semesters 1&2) HRM-20019*

15

Business Ethics MAN-20091

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-900031

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900042

15

SEMESTER TWO

 

SEMESTER TWO

 

Managing Human Resources HRM-20015*

15

Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility MAN-20082

15

Employment Relations HRM-20018*

15

Social Enterprise and Alternative Organising MAN-200933

15

Notes:

* Required for CIPD accreditation

  1. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  2. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year
  3. Prerequisite Management in Context MAN-10018

 

Psychology Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Developmental & Social Psychology

15

None

 

Qualitative and Survey Research Design

15

   

Biological and Cognitive Psychology

15

   

Statistics for Psychology

15

   

 

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Human Resource Management Year 3 (Level 6)

IMPORTANT: To qualify for CIPD you MUST complete and pass ALL modules with an asterisk *

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

SEMESTER ONE

 

SEMESTER ONE

 

Pay and Performance HRM-31119*

15

SME Live Project

15

   

Employee Development HRM-30029

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900041

15

   

Academic Business English ENL-900052

15

SEMESTER TWO

 

SEMESTER TWO

 

Research in Contemporary Issues in HRM ISP HRM-31120*

15

Discrimination and Equal Opportunities HRM-30030

15

   

International HRM HRM-31118

15

Notes:

*Required for CIPD accreditation

  1. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  2. Open only to THIRD-YEAR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH on successful completion of AEB2 or EAP4; or AEB1 or EAP3 with a score of over 60%; or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

 

 

Psychology Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Final Year Project

30

Psychology in Education

15

Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

15

Making a Difference with Psychology

15

   

The Psychology of Deviance

15

   

Groups, Crowds and Conflict

15

   

Faces, Forgetting and Forensic Psychology

15

   

Health Psychology

15

Note: Students who take semester-long Study Abroad in Year 2 can take ‘Research Methods in Social and Developmental Psychology for Third Year Study Abroad Students’ in Year 3 as an Optional module if required in order to fulfil BPS accreditation requirements.

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Human Resource Management in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

SEMESTER ONE

 

SEMESTER ONE

 

Pay and Performance HRM-31119*

15

SME Live Project

15

   

Employee Development HRM-30029

15

   

Leading Change and Entrepreneurship MAN-30036

15

   

Identity, Culture and Organisation MAN-30040

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900041

15

   

Academic Business English ENL-900052

15

SEMESTER TWO

 

SEMESTER TWO

 

Research in Contemporary Issues in HRM ISP HRM-31120

15

Discrimination and Equal Opportunities HRM-30030

15

   

International HRM HRM-31118

15

Notes:

* Required for CIPD accreditation

  1. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  2. Open only to THIRD-YEAR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH on successful completion of AEB2 or EAP4; or AEB1 or EAP3 with a score of over 60%; or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to Human Resource Management.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.

 

 

If you choose to specialise in Psychology in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Final Year Project

30

Psychology in Education

15

Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

15

Making a Difference with Psychology

15

Key Readings in Cognitive Psychology

15

The Psychology of Deviance

15

Culture and Psychology

15

Groups, Crowds and Conflict

15

   

Faces, Forgetting and Forensic Psychology

15

   

Health Psychology

15

   

Current Perspectives on Autism

15

   

Everyday Memory & Amnesia

15

 
   

Happiness and Wellbeing

15

 

Note: Students who take semester-long Study Abroad in Year 2 can take ‘Research Methods in Social and Developmental Psychology for Third Year Study Abroad Students’ in Year 3 as an Optional module if required in order to fulfil BPS accreditation requirements.

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az

 








Jack Bourne

Jack Bourne

"The personalised level of teaching is enjoyable and truly enhances your experience at Keele University."

Human Resources Management Graduate, 2015