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BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management is designed to develop your capabilities to work at a strategic level around attracting, developing and engaging the right people. With most contemporary organisations recognising that people are their most important asset, a career in Human Resources enables you to play a key role in organisational success.   

This course develops the key skills you need to understand and apply management research evidence and theory. Its key focus is on leading and managing organisations’ human resources ethically, responsibly and sustainably.  

You’ll study key concepts such as strategic resourcing, human resource development, employee relations, performance and reward, and strategic management. At the same time, you’ll develop broader knowledge and understanding of the global business context. 

The course prioritises building professional practice capabilities through problem-based and experiential learning. This approach will equip you with the skills and qualities sought by employers across the private, public and not-for-profit (NFP) sectors that underpin successful enterprise. 

This programme is delivered entirely at HK PolyU SPEED in Hong Kong and is offered as Part Time mode of study only.

If you would like to apply or for further information please visit the HK PolyU SPEED website. For any specific queries relating directly to Northumbria please contact tne@northumbria.ac.uk.

BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management is designed to develop your capabilities to work at a strategic level around attracting, developing and engaging the right people. With most contemporary organisations recognising that people are their most important asset, a career in Human Resources enables you to play a key role in organisational success.   

This course develops the key skills you need to understand and apply management research evidence and theory. Its key focus is on leading and managing organisations’ human resources ethically, responsibly and sustainably.  

You’ll study key concepts such as strategic resourcing, human resource development, employee relations, performance and reward, and strategic management. At the same time, you’ll develop broader knowledge and understanding of the global business context. 

The course prioritises building professional practice capabilities through problem-based and experiential learning. This approach will equip you with the skills and qualities sought by employers across the private, public and not-for-profit (NFP) sectors that underpin successful enterprise. 

This programme is delivered entirely at HK PolyU SPEED in Hong Kong and is offered as Part Time mode of study only.

If you would like to apply or for further information please visit the HK PolyU SPEED website. For any specific queries relating directly to Northumbria please contact tne@northumbria.ac.uk.

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
2 years

Location
Various Locations

City
Newcastle

Start
September or February

Fee Information

Module Information

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

For information on entry requirements please visit the SPEED website

Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

For information on entry requirements please visit the SPEED website

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

HR0388 -

Academic and Career Development (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn advanced academic skills; such as how to use structured approaches to read, note-making, research and writing, transferable skills to ensure academic success in all your other academic modules and enabling you to conduct a critical literature review of employability, graduate marked place informed by career theory (see themes 1,2 and 3 below). Then using advanced research skills, theory and self-assessment tools you will learn how to and choose and apply for a relevant job role and career path, in turn enhancing your employability and transferable academic skills (themes 4 and 5). Finally, you will conclude the module by designing a complete set of graduate application tools for the job role and career chosen and will experience a no of recruitment exercises such as interviews, group exercises and self-branding and presentation to further develop your employability, academic performance and career management skills. The module will be concluded with a theoretical session and a number of practical exercises designed to develop your self-confidence and employability (theme 6).

Theme 1 – Introduction and advanced study skills
1. Introduction to advanced study skills and career development.
2. Searching for and critically evaluating academic and professional sources.
3. Critical analysis of information and data.
Theme 2 – Understanding the graduate labour market and employers
4. Understanding the global graduate labour market.
Theme 3 – What employers want from graduates and how to achieve it?
5. Enhance business awareness, networking, cultural sensitivity and global mind sets.
Theme 4 – Choose career path
6. Understanding and choosing suitable career paths.
Theme 5 – Design career personal development plan
7. Design a career personal development plan using the NU (ELA) framework.
Theme 6 - Recruitment, selection and employability/application tools
8. An introduction to recruitment and selection processes.
9. Development of skills and tools to enable students to demonstrate effective self-presentation.
10. Develop techniques and practice to excel at interviews.
11. Self-confidence and Employability: Conclusions and introduction to the extended critical literature review module that follows.
12. Assignment surgery

More information

HR9610 -

Critical Organizational Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

The aim of this module is to encourage engagement with Organisation Theory through offering a comprehensive account of ideas, perspectives and practices of organisation. You will learn to analyse organisations, people and organising practices through critical employment of Organisation Theory which challenges conventional understanding of organisations. You will learn to explore the impact of recent trends in Organisation Theory and Practice on people and their behaviour in organisations.

The module links topics on Organisation Theory and Practice:
• Introduction to Organisation Theory, and implications for practice: overview of three main perspectives (Modern, Symbolic and Contemporary)
• Organisation Theory:
o Theorizing relationship between Organisation and its environment
o Theorizing different perspectives on Culture and Organisation, and managing across cultures
o Theorizing organisational (physical and social) structure
o Theorizing power, control and conflict (including the feminist perspective)
o Theorizing Identity and organisational behaviour
• Applications in practice:
o Organisational Design, Sustainable Organisational Design
o Organisational learning, tacit knowledge and knowledge management
o Organisational change, change management, and sustainable development
o Aesthetics and organisations, performance, narrative, theatre and organisation
o Managing culture, people and behaviour in organisations, and managing across cultures

Upon completion of the module you will gain an in-depth understanding of:

o The major perspectives on Organisation Theory
o ‘Critical’ organisation theory and management practices
o The recent trends in organising practices
o Theory and practices involved in working in multi-cultural organisations with an awareness of ethical considerations.
o How to form your own construction of knowledge on organisations, managing people and their behaviour

More information

HR9615 -

Compensation: conflict and cooperation (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn a critical and practical approach towards the management of employee rewards and the employment relationship. By the end of the module you will have designed a comprehensive reward system and negotiated its implementation in the face of opposition – you will not be able to get everything you want, you will learn to bargain and compromise.
You will learn about the strategic role of employee rewards, and how important rewards are in the employment relationship. This will lead you to understand that organisations and their employees will often seek different rewards sometimes resulting in conflict.
You will be introduced to a wide range of reward practices, both traditional and modern, understanding how each of these may have very different meanings for each side of the employment relationship.
You will learn the principles and skills of negotiation and compromise: finding your way to agreement through a complex mix of cooperation, consensus, power play and shrewd bargaining.

More information

NX0329 -

Supporting Study (Core,0 Credits)

This is a non-credit bearing module, and forms an extension to the 120 module credit points on your top-up programme. The module is designed to provide greater understanding of academic expectations for your direct entry into the final year and support you in the transition process of learning experience.

The aim of the module is to facilitate the development of your independent learning over the one-year course. Induction and on-going personal support activities are to be phased in line with the academic development and the need to support the delivery of programme modules.

In personal support, you will cover:
• The key support and points of contact available to you within the institution
• Societies and social wellbeing
• Library resources and academic skills
• ARTA regulation
• Teamwork protocol
• Use LinkedIn to network

In academic development, you will cover:
• Emailing tutors
• Introduction to referencing
• Finding and evaluating sources
• APA reference guide
• Paraphrasing, summarising and writing critically
• Reporting words, cohesion/linking
• Combining sources
• Conclusions, abstracts and marking criteria

On completion of this module, you should be able to complete the process of transition directly to the final year. This will include your personal and academic development activities. You will also be able to seek learning resources and study support, including academic and social integration.

More information

HR9611 -

HR Resourcing and Development (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with the critical knowledge and understanding of the key strategic HRM/HRD aspects required in the modern workplace. It also aims to provide you with a strong awareness relating to how strategic HRM/HRD contributes to the interests of stake holders and adds value to the business.
Within this module you will cover 12 core topics.
These are:
• Strategic HRM and the Business Partner role
• HR planning linked with Recruitment and selection
• Diversity at work and CSR
• Induction and Performance management
• Managing absence at work and promoting wellbeing
• The challenges for practitioners including redundancy management
• Strategic HRD and promoting a learning culture
• OD and change management
• Shaping and managing the HRD function
• The practice of training and developing business needs
• Methods of design and delivery of training including aspects such as coaching
• Evaluation of HRD and ensuring value for money
This module will allow you to develop your resourcing and development skills by engaging with professional sources (for example CIPD factsheets and reports) as well as your researching academic journal articles.
You will gain opportunities to reflect upon HRM/HRD experience gained whilst on placement activity or during study abroad experiences allowing you to integrate them into your ongoing learning activities. For those students without such experiences there will be opportunities to learn from peers and tutors in order to gain confidence in understanding contemporary HRM/HRD.
This module provides you with a range of understanding and skills transferable to HRM/HRD workplaces

More information

NX0328 -

Contemporary Issues in Business (Core,20 Credits)

On this module, you will learn about critical thinking and reflection, and doing so, you will develop the necessary critical skills to perform both of these effectively as a learner in higher education. You will learn about the necessary academic skills required to undertake a critical review of existing literature on a contemporary issue within the business and management disciplines. On completing this, you will be able to a critical literature review on a subject appropriate to your degree programme.

Here, you will be introduced to the module, before identifying how to select a contemporary issue within business and management. You will learn about the development of critical thinking and what is meant by a literature review as well as the importance of being able to write a literature review.

You will learn how to get started in this development; by searching for sources and developing essential research skills including reviewing literature and critical evaluation, before going onto develop you own critical literature review which represents the module assessment.

More information

NX0329 -

Supporting Study (Core,0 Credits)

This is a non-credit bearing module, and forms an extension to the 120 module credit points on your top-up programme. The module is designed to provide greater understanding of academic expectations for your direct entry into the final year and support you in the transition process of learning experience.

The aim of the module is to facilitate the development of your independent learning over the one-year course. Induction and on-going personal support activities are to be phased in line with the academic development and the need to support the delivery of programme modules.

In personal support, you will cover:
• The key support and points of contact available to you within the institution
• Societies and social wellbeing
• Library resources and academic skills
• ARTA regulation
• Teamwork protocol
• Use LinkedIn to network

In academic development, you will cover:
• Emailing tutors
• Introduction to referencing
• Finding and evaluating sources
• APA reference guide
• Paraphrasing, summarising and writing critically
• Reporting words, cohesion/linking
• Combining sources
• Conclusions, abstracts and marking criteria

On completion of this module, you should be able to complete the process of transition directly to the final year. This will include your personal and academic development activities. You will also be able to seek learning resources and study support, including academic and social integration.

More information

SM0382 -

Strategic Management and Corporate Responsibility (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn how organisations can compete successfully in economic terms while managing their corporate, social and environmental responsibility. At the end of the module you will learn to critically evaluate the factors which underpin an organisation’s success (or otherwise) in managing the triple bottom line and will have learned how to use appropriate frameworks to analyse research material and draw useful conclusions.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

HR0388 -

Academic and Career Development (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn advanced academic skills; such as how to use structured approaches to read, note-making, research and writing, transferable skills to ensure academic success in all your other academic modules and enabling you to conduct a critical literature review of employability, graduate marked place informed by career theory (see themes 1,2 and 3 below). Then using advanced research skills, theory and self-assessment tools you will learn how to and choose and apply for a relevant job role and career path, in turn enhancing your employability and transferable academic skills (themes 4 and 5). Finally, you will conclude the module by designing a complete set of graduate application tools for the job role and career chosen and will experience a no of recruitment exercises such as interviews, group exercises and self-branding and presentation to further develop your employability, academic performance and career management skills. The module will be concluded with a theoretical session and a number of practical exercises designed to develop your self-confidence and employability (theme 6).

Theme 1 – Introduction and advanced study skills
1. Introduction to advanced study skills and career development.
2. Searching for and critically evaluating academic and professional sources.
3. Critical analysis of information and data.
Theme 2 – Understanding the graduate labour market and employers
4. Understanding the global graduate labour market.
Theme 3 – What employers want from graduates and how to achieve it?
5. Enhance business awareness, networking, cultural sensitivity and global mind sets.
Theme 4 – Choose career path
6. Understanding and choosing suitable career paths.
Theme 5 – Design career personal development plan
7. Design a career personal development plan using the NU (ELA) framework.
Theme 6 - Recruitment, selection and employability/application tools
8. An introduction to recruitment and selection processes.
9. Development of skills and tools to enable students to demonstrate effective self-presentation.
10. Develop techniques and practice to excel at interviews.
11. Self-confidence and Employability: Conclusions and introduction to the extended critical literature review module that follows.
12. Assignment surgery

More information

HR9610 -

Critical Organizational Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

The aim of this module is to encourage engagement with Organisation Theory through offering a comprehensive account of ideas, perspectives and practices of organisation. You will learn to analyse organisations, people and organising practices through critical employment of Organisation Theory which challenges conventional understanding of organisations. You will learn to explore the impact of recent trends in Organisation Theory and Practice on people and their behaviour in organisations.

The module links topics on Organisation Theory and Practice:
• Introduction to Organisation Theory, and implications for practice: overview of three main perspectives (Modern, Symbolic and Contemporary)
• Organisation Theory:
o Theorizing relationship between Organisation and its environment
o Theorizing different perspectives on Culture and Organisation, and managing across cultures
o Theorizing organisational (physical and social) structure
o Theorizing power, control and conflict (including the feminist perspective)
o Theorizing Identity and organisational behaviour
• Applications in practice:
o Organisational Design, Sustainable Organisational Design
o Organisational learning, tacit knowledge and knowledge management
o Organisational change, change management, and sustainable development
o Aesthetics and organisations, performance, narrative, theatre and organisation
o Managing culture, people and behaviour in organisations, and managing across cultures

Upon completion of the module you will gain an in-depth understanding of:

o The major perspectives on Organisation Theory
o ‘Critical’ organisation theory and management practices
o The recent trends in organising practices
o Theory and practices involved in working in multi-cultural organisations with an awareness of ethical considerations.
o How to form your own construction of knowledge on organisations, managing people and their behaviour

More information

HR9615 -

Compensation: conflict and cooperation (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn a critical and practical approach towards the management of employee rewards and the employment relationship. By the end of the module you will have designed a comprehensive reward system and negotiated its implementation in the face of opposition – you will not be able to get everything you want, you will learn to bargain and compromise.
You will learn about the strategic role of employee rewards, and how important rewards are in the employment relationship. This will lead you to understand that organisations and their employees will often seek different rewards sometimes resulting in conflict.
You will be introduced to a wide range of reward practices, both traditional and modern, understanding how each of these may have very different meanings for each side of the employment relationship.
You will learn the principles and skills of negotiation and compromise: finding your way to agreement through a complex mix of cooperation, consensus, power play and shrewd bargaining.

More information

NX0329 -

Supporting Study (Core,0 Credits)

This is a non-credit bearing module, and forms an extension to the 120 module credit points on your top-up programme. The module is designed to provide greater understanding of academic expectations for your direct entry into the final year and support you in the transition process of learning experience.

The aim of the module is to facilitate the development of your independent learning over the one-year course. Induction and on-going personal support activities are to be phased in line with the academic development and the need to support the delivery of programme modules.

In personal support, you will cover:
• The key support and points of contact available to you within the institution
• Societies and social wellbeing
• Library resources and academic skills
• ARTA regulation
• Teamwork protocol
• Use LinkedIn to network

In academic development, you will cover:
• Emailing tutors
• Introduction to referencing
• Finding and evaluating sources
• APA reference guide
• Paraphrasing, summarising and writing critically
• Reporting words, cohesion/linking
• Combining sources
• Conclusions, abstracts and marking criteria

On completion of this module, you should be able to complete the process of transition directly to the final year. This will include your personal and academic development activities. You will also be able to seek learning resources and study support, including academic and social integration.

More information

HR9611 -

HR Resourcing and Development (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with the critical knowledge and understanding of the key strategic HRM/HRD aspects required in the modern workplace. It also aims to provide you with a strong awareness relating to how strategic HRM/HRD contributes to the interests of stake holders and adds value to the business.
Within this module you will cover 12 core topics.
These are:
• Strategic HRM and the Business Partner role
• HR planning linked with Recruitment and selection
• Diversity at work and CSR
• Induction and Performance management
• Managing absence at work and promoting wellbeing
• The challenges for practitioners including redundancy management
• Strategic HRD and promoting a learning culture
• OD and change management
• Shaping and managing the HRD function
• The practice of training and developing business needs
• Methods of design and delivery of training including aspects such as coaching
• Evaluation of HRD and ensuring value for money
This module will allow you to develop your resourcing and development skills by engaging with professional sources (for example CIPD factsheets and reports) as well as your researching academic journal articles.
You will gain opportunities to reflect upon HRM/HRD experience gained whilst on placement activity or during study abroad experiences allowing you to integrate them into your ongoing learning activities. For those students without such experiences there will be opportunities to learn from peers and tutors in order to gain confidence in understanding contemporary HRM/HRD.
This module provides you with a range of understanding and skills transferable to HRM/HRD workplaces

More information

NX0328 -

Contemporary Issues in Business (Core,20 Credits)

On this module, you will learn about critical thinking and reflection, and doing so, you will develop the necessary critical skills to perform both of these effectively as a learner in higher education. You will learn about the necessary academic skills required to undertake a critical review of existing literature on a contemporary issue within the business and management disciplines. On completing this, you will be able to a critical literature review on a subject appropriate to your degree programme.

Here, you will be introduced to the module, before identifying how to select a contemporary issue within business and management. You will learn about the development of critical thinking and what is meant by a literature review as well as the importance of being able to write a literature review.

You will learn how to get started in this development; by searching for sources and developing essential research skills including reviewing literature and critical evaluation, before going onto develop you own critical literature review which represents the module assessment.

More information

NX0329 -

Supporting Study (Core,0 Credits)

This is a non-credit bearing module, and forms an extension to the 120 module credit points on your top-up programme. The module is designed to provide greater understanding of academic expectations for your direct entry into the final year and support you in the transition process of learning experience.

The aim of the module is to facilitate the development of your independent learning over the one-year course. Induction and on-going personal support activities are to be phased in line with the academic development and the need to support the delivery of programme modules.

In personal support, you will cover:
• The key support and points of contact available to you within the institution
• Societies and social wellbeing
• Library resources and academic skills
• ARTA regulation
• Teamwork protocol
• Use LinkedIn to network

In academic development, you will cover:
• Emailing tutors
• Introduction to referencing
• Finding and evaluating sources
• APA reference guide
• Paraphrasing, summarising and writing critically
• Reporting words, cohesion/linking
• Combining sources
• Conclusions, abstracts and marking criteria

On completion of this module, you should be able to complete the process of transition directly to the final year. This will include your personal and academic development activities. You will also be able to seek learning resources and study support, including academic and social integration.

More information

SM0382 -

Strategic Management and Corporate Responsibility (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn how organisations can compete successfully in economic terms while managing their corporate, social and environmental responsibility. At the end of the module you will learn to critically evaluate the factors which underpin an organisation’s success (or otherwise) in managing the triple bottom line and will have learned how to use appropriate frameworks to analyse research material and draw useful conclusions.

More information

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Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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