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BU3571 Human Resource Management

ECTS Weighting: 5

Module Content/Outline:

This module explores how the strategic management of people is essential to the survival and performance of organisations. We will explore the multiple meanings of HRM and evaluate the role of HR professionals and line managers, as these groups are central to the way in which HRM policies and practices are developed and enacted in the workplace. Fundamental HRM practices will be addressed including resourcing and talent management, performance management, learning and development, employment relations, and reward management. In doing so, we will analyse the ongoing challenges for organisations in attracting, selecting, developing, and retaining employees.

Lecturer(s):

Professor Amanda Shantz and Professor Jongwook Pak

Learning Outcomes:

Having successfully completed this module, the student will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the role and responsibilities of the HR function in organisations and the context within-which HR professionals operate
  • Critically evaluate the use of HR practices in specific organisations (e.g. recruitment, selection, training, performance management and reward) in terms of: (1) their alignment with the organisation’s strategy and context and (2) their contribution to organisational performance
  • Search for and identify reliable, appropriate and high quality HR research, and evaluate its relevance to real-world HR practice
  • Craft critical and persuasive arguments to a general management audience about HR-related issues

Module Learning Aims

This module aims to facilitate students in developing their ability to:

  • Critically evaluate the role and responsibilities of the HR function in organisations and the context within-which HR professionals operate
  • Critically evaluate the use of HR practices in specific organisations (e.g. recruitment, selection, training, performance management and reward) in terms of: (1) their alignment with the organisation’s strategy and context and (2) their contribution to organisational performance
  • Search for and identify reliable, appropriate and high quality HR research, and evaluate its relevance to real-world HR practice
  • Craft critical and persuasive arguments to a general management audience about HR-related issues

Lectures & Tutorials/Contact hours:

• One 2-hour lecture per week
• 4/5 tutorials per term

Recommended Texts/Key Reading:

Core textbook:
• Redman, T. and Wilkinson, A. (2017) Contemporary Human Resource Management: Text and Cases, 5th edition, Harlow: Pearson Education.
• Additional readings specific to each section of the course will be identified in class, on the course outline and on Blackboard