HR9510 - Human Resource Management

What will I learn on this module?

“Human Resource Management” will take you on a journey through the modern organisation offering you the opportunity to understand how Human Resource Professionals contribute to the strategic direction of the organisation. You will spend the first week developing a framework for personal skill development in Human Resource Management which you will then use each week when focusing on a specific topic.

Incorporating issues of ethical leadership and sustainability you will cover eleven main topics in Human Resource Management:

• Human Resources Service Delivery
• Recruitment and Selection
• Learning and Development
• Talent Management
• Equality and Diversity
• Managing Absence
• Performance Management
• Total Reward
• Employee Engagement
• Conflict in the Workplace
• Supporting Organisational Change

This module will provide you with the key theoretical arguments in Human Resource Management and on completion of the module you will have begun to identify and develop the skills and knowledge required to be a Human Resource Professional in today’s workplace.

How will I learn on this module?

For each of the topics covered in the module you will be provided with a one-hour lecture to introduce you to the theoretical underpinning of the topic. This will include keynote lectures and case studies.

You will also take part in a two-hour seminar where you will have the opportunity to explore each topic in more detail, focusing specifically on the necessary skills and knowledge required of Human Resource Management Professionals in modern organisations. In these seminars you will take part in a range of individual and group based activities intended to simulate real-life situations, including analysis of case studies, role-plays and presentations.

Independent learning time has been set aside for learning activities, identified by you, to gain a deeper and broader knowledge of Human Resource Management. The module has a digital reading list that provides you with an opportunity to explore the eleven topic areas in more detail, focusing on the topics you will use in your summative assessment.

The interactive nature of the seminars means that formative tutor feedback and peer feedback will be received continuously throughout the module and will contribute to your individual self-reflection in the summative assessment at the end of the module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

A member of academic staff who will lead the module and deliver the lectures will provide support to you. Additional tutors will support you in the seminar activities and provide you with formative feedback throughout the module.

In addition tutors will respond to questions from via the module’s discussion board on the University’s e-learning portal so that the whole group can benefit.

You will be provided with a wide-ranging digital reading list that includes academic journals and e-books to embed your theoretical knowledge, and surveys, podcasts and newspaper articles that demonstrate practical application of this theory in modern organisations.

The summative assessment for this module consists of a personal skills framework and a reflective essay, both of which you will be supported with by tutors in your seminars. This will encourage your active participation in the learning process throughout the semester.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Identify and apply current best practice in Human Resource Management such as that outlined by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) (MLO1)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Understand and demonstrate the range of practical skills required by HR Professionals. (MLO2)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Develop an ethical approach to Human Resource Management. (MLO3)

How will I be assessed?

Choosing four of the eleven topics which resonate most with your future employability goals you will submit a 2500 word report which demonstrates your theoretical understanding of the four topics and the skills required by HR Professionals in their effective delivery. You will also include a reflection on your personal skills in the topic based on your experience of the activities in the module.

This will address MLO1 and MLO3.

As an appendix to this report you will include a personal skills framework which demonstrates the skills you have developed in the eleven main topic areas of the module and your goals for further development as you progress with your undergraduate degree.

This will address MLO2.





Module abstract

Viewing the modern world of work through the lens of a HR Professional, “Human Resource Management” will introduce you to the key areas in Human Resource Management and provide you with opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge required to add value as a modern HR Professional.

A combination of lectures from researchers and practitioners based at Northumbria University, case studies from placement students, and interactive seminars will support you in your academic development.

The summative assessment for this module will be based on your participation in and reflection on interactive seminar activities intended to simulate the real world of work. This will include role-plays, presentation and case study analysis allowing you to develop the skills sought by graduate employers in Human Resource Management.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 16 months

Location Singapore

City Singapore

Start September 2020 or March 2021

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