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BA (Hons) Business with 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 employment law. 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. 

The course is covered by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation for Newcastle Business School.

This programme is delivered entirely at Kaplan in Singapore and is offered as Part Time mode of study.

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

BA (Hons) Business with 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 employment law. 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. 

The course is covered by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation for Newcastle Business School.

This programme is delivered entirely at Kaplan in Singapore and is offered as Part Time mode of study.

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

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
16 months

Location
Various Locations

City
Newcastle

Start
September or March

Fee Information

Module Information

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

For information on entry requirements please visit the Kaplan website

Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

For information on entry requirements please visit the Kaplan 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.

HR9508 -

Employability & Career Planning (Core,20 Credits)

This module gives you the skills and knowledge you need to successfully obtain an undergraduate placement and/or a graduate-level role when you leave university. It is specifically concerned with your employability and therefore includes opportunities each week to practice and develop skills in a safe and supportive environment. You will study a number of important topics such as career planning, writing CVs, cover letters and application forms, psychometric testing, competency-based interviews, assessment centres and current trends in recruitment and selection practice, including use of social media. When you complete this module, you will have the skills, ability, and confidence to make an impactful application to any employer. The module also supports you if you have a compulsory year abroad as part of your programme.

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HR9509 -

Global, Comparative and Cross-Cultural HRM (Core,20 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the behaviour of managers, employees and organisations in a global and cross cultural context, both theoretically and in practice.

Within this module, you will cover the following main topics:

Introduction to International Human Resource Management (IHRM), Cross cultural management and comparative management and the differences and similarities of HRM and IHRM
Cross Cultural Theory
Cultural Dimensions of HR and Management Practices
Environmental factors in relation to IHRM and Cross Cultural Management
Recruitment and Selection in an international context
Training and Development in an international context
Compensation and benefits in an international context
Performance Management in an international context
Re-entry and career issues/management
Ethical and responsibility issues in IHRM
Cross Cultural and International Human Resource management in an example country

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HR9510 -

Human Resource Management (Core,20 Credits)

“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.

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HR9511 -

Law for HR professionals (Core,20 Credits)

All employers, regardless of size or sector face a number of ethical and legal considerations when employing people. Attending this module will continue your development as an HR professional by giving you the skills and knowledge to support employers to build on the minimum legal standards.

The key learning aspects of this module are twofold. First, you will learn the main Employment Law required for a career in Human Resources. You will then experience putting your learning into practice via simulations of real cases.

Knowledge of employment law and its practical application underpins various careers in Human Resources. Whichever path you choose, you are likely to be required to understand how Employment Law applies to your field and to be able to interpret it based on different scenarios.

Via this module you will experience all the key areas in which a HR professional will be expected to apply their knowledge of employment law including disciplinary, grievance, absence and equality and diversity. These areas include:

• How employment law is created
• Sourcing reliable information regarding employment law
• Ensuring policy and procedure is compliant
• Equality and diversity legislation and its impact on the workplace
• Legislation and case law regarding grievance, capability and disciplinary
• Legislation and case law regarding absence management
• The legalities of data protection
On completing the module you will be able to demonstrate practical skills which will support your employability for a wide range of roles.

In addition, the skills you will gain on this module, in analytical techniques and problem solving, will serve you well in Human Resources as well as other disciplines.

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NX9523 -

Business Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)

This module aims to prepare you for your future studies at Level 6 and work-based learning. It focuses on developing your skills and abilities to critically assess, analyse and manage business-based problems and projects, with emphasis on a range of business models

The module will focus on specific discipline areas to support demonstration of understanding and application of relevant theory from your professional/academic area as appropriate. There also will be some opportunities to consider broader contemporary challenges for organisations in responding to changing practices of responsible and sustainable management.

On completion of the module you will have enhanced your problem-solving skills and will be able to manage complex projects. By focusing on advanced group and team working skills, research and complex problem solving skills, project management, communication skills and self-directed learning, you will also develop employability and leadership attributes, including set direction, engage, drive, collaborate, learn, innovate and act with integrity.

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NX9524 -

Digital Business (Core,20 Credits)

Throughout this module you will be introduced to the opportunities and challenges posed by doing business in an increasingly digital domain. This module is designed to give you an understanding of how using online channels impacts upon different parts of the organisation, and will in particular focus upon 3 core areas of business:
Digital Business Strategy: You will develop an understanding of the cost structures associated with using digital channels, different business models (including omni and multiple channel business strategies), distance issues around serving global markets and implications in terms of taxation and service delivery.
Marketing: In this part of the module you will consider changing consumer media consumption and behaviour; social media and m-commerce; customer relationship building in an online context, digital brand communities and performance metrics.
Supply Chain Management and Information Systems: You will also develop and appreciation of the role of supply chains in serving global markets, addressing issues such as the application of various systems to facilitate digital transactions (e.g. ERP, CRM) and issues related to web performance (e.g. web design and google analytics).

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HR0388 -

Academic and Career Development (Optional,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

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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

HR9614 -

Diversity in the Workplace (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with a critical knowledge and understanding of the concept of ‘diversity’ in the workplace. It acknowledges that everyone is a unique person and that there a variety of differences that need to be considered. These differences are visible and non- visible, for example, background, culture, personality and work style, size, accent, language and so on. A number of these personal characteristics (‘protected characteristics’) are covered by the Equality Act 2010. You will therefore learn on this module about the ‘protected characteristics’- race, disability, gender reassignment, sex, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion and belief, sexual orientation and age.
This module starts will an overview of equality/diversity historical perspectives and context then moves to lectures/seminars on the protected characteristics. It also considers issues such as bullying at work before concluding with your reflections on contemporary equality/diversity in the workplace and how it can be effectively promoted.
This module allows you to develop your research skills by affording you the opportunity to examine both professional sources (e.g. ACAS/CIPD) as well as academic journal articles from sources such as ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ and ‘Gender in Management’.
It also develops your presentation skills as the focus is upon your own learning then being able to facilitate the learning of others, for example, managers and employees. So this module provides you with a range of skills that can be applied in the workplace for the benefit of existing and future employers.

More information

HR9691 -

Fostering Sustainable Futures (Core,20 Credits)

This module uses the guiding framework of the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) to examine the contemporary challenges that face managers in their efforts to foster sustainable futures. Using advanced management theory, Critical Management Theory, also academics’ contemporary research you will examine and challenge the debates between contrasting arguments/perspectives across a range of present-day societal and organisational concerns that risk sustainable future lives. These concerns will include sustainability, gender, uses and misuses of power and control, the future of work, culture.

Upon completion of the module, you will have developed an in-depth understanding of:
• The contemporary challenges facing managers in their efforts to foster sustainable futures
• ‘Critical’ organisation theory and management practices and why these matter for you in your graduate career
• The recent trends in organising practices
• Theory and practices involved in working in multi-cultural organisations with an awareness of ethical considerations
• How to form your own construction of knowledge on organisations, managing people and their behaviour

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NX0328 -

Contemporary Issues in Business (Optional,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

NX9625 -

Dissertation (Optional,40 Credits)

The dissertation module aims to equip you with the necessary intellectual and practical skills for undertaking an individual student-led, ethical investigation into an applied business (or the named degree) problem or issue. In addition, the dissertation aims to equip you with key transferable, employability skills, including: time management, project management, communication (written and verbal), negotiation, persuasion and influence, discovery, initiative, creativity and innovation in problem-solving, analysis.

The module is student-led but you are supported by, initially, weekly lectures and seminar-workshops which provide an introduction to undertaking Business-Management research followed by one-to-one or small-group supervision meetings.
The lectures and seminar-workshops will cover the following topics:
1. Developing a research aim/question (focusing and scoping the research)
2. Developing a literature review
3. Writing a research proposal
4. Researching ethically
5. Quantitative research techniques
6. Qualitative research techniques
7. Quantitative analysis techniques
8. Qualitative analysis techniques

Upon completion of the module you will be able to:
1. Conduct independent and ethical academic research involving the application and critical evaluation of appropriate theories and models,
2. Engage critically with relevant literature to establish a framework in which to analyse and synthesise the results of your primary or secondary research
3. Generate / collect relevant primary or secondary data using an appropriate and justified method
4. Analyse your data using an appropriate and justified method of analysis
5. Recognise the ethical implications of your work
6. Critically evaluate the source of your data and the method you adopted

More information

SM9636 -

Strategic Management for Sustainable Leadership (Core,20 Credits)

1. How strategic recommendations are likely to be evaluated by various stakeholder groups that place a different interpretation on the measurement of business success.
2. Understanding the concepts and frameworks of Endogenous Strategy that apply to a company’s Capabilities, Competences and Resources.
3. How to synthesise key concepts in the Resource-based View of Strategy (RBV) and apply them to companies in competitive markets.
4. How Sustained Competitive Advantage (SCA) can be achieved and maintained in an era of finite resources and increasing demand for sustainability.
5. How Innovation can be managed and applied to Products, Processes, Business Models and Sustainability.
6. How Sustainability can be incorporated into successful Strategy Formulation, Strategic Implementation, and Business Model Innovation.
7. How Leadership impacts upon strategic decision making.
8. Understanding how the concepts of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility can be applied to meet the challenges of Ethical Business Management in the future.
9. How to successfully write compelling and influential strategic briefing documents based around the structure adopted by this module.

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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.

HR9508 -

Employability & Career Planning (Core,20 Credits)

This module gives you the skills and knowledge you need to successfully obtain an undergraduate placement and/or a graduate-level role when you leave university. It is specifically concerned with your employability and therefore includes opportunities each week to practice and develop skills in a safe and supportive environment. You will study a number of important topics such as career planning, writing CVs, cover letters and application forms, psychometric testing, competency-based interviews, assessment centres and current trends in recruitment and selection practice, including use of social media. When you complete this module, you will have the skills, ability, and confidence to make an impactful application to any employer. The module also supports you if you have a compulsory year abroad as part of your programme.

More information

HR9509 -

Global, Comparative and Cross-Cultural HRM (Core,20 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the behaviour of managers, employees and organisations in a global and cross cultural context, both theoretically and in practice.

Within this module, you will cover the following main topics:

Introduction to International Human Resource Management (IHRM), Cross cultural management and comparative management and the differences and similarities of HRM and IHRM
Cross Cultural Theory
Cultural Dimensions of HR and Management Practices
Environmental factors in relation to IHRM and Cross Cultural Management
Recruitment and Selection in an international context
Training and Development in an international context
Compensation and benefits in an international context
Performance Management in an international context
Re-entry and career issues/management
Ethical and responsibility issues in IHRM
Cross Cultural and International Human Resource management in an example country

More information

HR9510 -

Human Resource Management (Core,20 Credits)

“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.

More information

HR9511 -

Law for HR professionals (Core,20 Credits)

All employers, regardless of size or sector face a number of ethical and legal considerations when employing people. Attending this module will continue your development as an HR professional by giving you the skills and knowledge to support employers to build on the minimum legal standards.

The key learning aspects of this module are twofold. First, you will learn the main Employment Law required for a career in Human Resources. You will then experience putting your learning into practice via simulations of real cases.

Knowledge of employment law and its practical application underpins various careers in Human Resources. Whichever path you choose, you are likely to be required to understand how Employment Law applies to your field and to be able to interpret it based on different scenarios.

Via this module you will experience all the key areas in which a HR professional will be expected to apply their knowledge of employment law including disciplinary, grievance, absence and equality and diversity. These areas include:

• How employment law is created
• Sourcing reliable information regarding employment law
• Ensuring policy and procedure is compliant
• Equality and diversity legislation and its impact on the workplace
• Legislation and case law regarding grievance, capability and disciplinary
• Legislation and case law regarding absence management
• The legalities of data protection
On completing the module you will be able to demonstrate practical skills which will support your employability for a wide range of roles.

In addition, the skills you will gain on this module, in analytical techniques and problem solving, will serve you well in Human Resources as well as other disciplines.

More information

NX9523 -

Business Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)

This module aims to prepare you for your future studies at Level 6 and work-based learning. It focuses on developing your skills and abilities to critically assess, analyse and manage business-based problems and projects, with emphasis on a range of business models

The module will focus on specific discipline areas to support demonstration of understanding and application of relevant theory from your professional/academic area as appropriate. There also will be some opportunities to consider broader contemporary challenges for organisations in responding to changing practices of responsible and sustainable management.

On completion of the module you will have enhanced your problem-solving skills and will be able to manage complex projects. By focusing on advanced group and team working skills, research and complex problem solving skills, project management, communication skills and self-directed learning, you will also develop employability and leadership attributes, including set direction, engage, drive, collaborate, learn, innovate and act with integrity.

More information

NX9524 -

Digital Business (Core,20 Credits)

Throughout this module you will be introduced to the opportunities and challenges posed by doing business in an increasingly digital domain. This module is designed to give you an understanding of how using online channels impacts upon different parts of the organisation, and will in particular focus upon 3 core areas of business:
Digital Business Strategy: You will develop an understanding of the cost structures associated with using digital channels, different business models (including omni and multiple channel business strategies), distance issues around serving global markets and implications in terms of taxation and service delivery.
Marketing: In this part of the module you will consider changing consumer media consumption and behaviour; social media and m-commerce; customer relationship building in an online context, digital brand communities and performance metrics.
Supply Chain Management and Information Systems: You will also develop and appreciation of the role of supply chains in serving global markets, addressing issues such as the application of various systems to facilitate digital transactions (e.g. ERP, CRM) and issues related to web performance (e.g. web design and google analytics).

More information

HR0388 -

Academic and Career Development (Optional,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

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

HR9614 -

Diversity in the Workplace (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with a critical knowledge and understanding of the concept of ‘diversity’ in the workplace. It acknowledges that everyone is a unique person and that there a variety of differences that need to be considered. These differences are visible and non- visible, for example, background, culture, personality and work style, size, accent, language and so on. A number of these personal characteristics (‘protected characteristics’) are covered by the Equality Act 2010. You will therefore learn on this module about the ‘protected characteristics’- race, disability, gender reassignment, sex, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion and belief, sexual orientation and age.
This module starts will an overview of equality/diversity historical perspectives and context then moves to lectures/seminars on the protected characteristics. It also considers issues such as bullying at work before concluding with your reflections on contemporary equality/diversity in the workplace and how it can be effectively promoted.
This module allows you to develop your research skills by affording you the opportunity to examine both professional sources (e.g. ACAS/CIPD) as well as academic journal articles from sources such as ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ and ‘Gender in Management’.
It also develops your presentation skills as the focus is upon your own learning then being able to facilitate the learning of others, for example, managers and employees. So this module provides you with a range of skills that can be applied in the workplace for the benefit of existing and future employers.

More information

HR9691 -

Fostering Sustainable Futures (Core,20 Credits)

This module uses the guiding framework of the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) to examine the contemporary challenges that face managers in their efforts to foster sustainable futures. Using advanced management theory, Critical Management Theory, also academics’ contemporary research you will examine and challenge the debates between contrasting arguments/perspectives across a range of present-day societal and organisational concerns that risk sustainable future lives. These concerns will include sustainability, gender, uses and misuses of power and control, the future of work, culture.

Upon completion of the module, you will have developed an in-depth understanding of:
• The contemporary challenges facing managers in their efforts to foster sustainable futures
• ‘Critical’ organisation theory and management practices and why these matter for you in your graduate career
• The recent trends in organising practices
• Theory and practices involved in working in multi-cultural organisations with an awareness of ethical considerations
• How to form your own construction of knowledge on organisations, managing people and their behaviour

More information

NX0328 -

Contemporary Issues in Business (Optional,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

NX9625 -

Dissertation (Optional,40 Credits)

The dissertation module aims to equip you with the necessary intellectual and practical skills for undertaking an individual student-led, ethical investigation into an applied business (or the named degree) problem or issue. In addition, the dissertation aims to equip you with key transferable, employability skills, including: time management, project management, communication (written and verbal), negotiation, persuasion and influence, discovery, initiative, creativity and innovation in problem-solving, analysis.

The module is student-led but you are supported by, initially, weekly lectures and seminar-workshops which provide an introduction to undertaking Business-Management research followed by one-to-one or small-group supervision meetings.
The lectures and seminar-workshops will cover the following topics:
1. Developing a research aim/question (focusing and scoping the research)
2. Developing a literature review
3. Writing a research proposal
4. Researching ethically
5. Quantitative research techniques
6. Qualitative research techniques
7. Quantitative analysis techniques
8. Qualitative analysis techniques

Upon completion of the module you will be able to:
1. Conduct independent and ethical academic research involving the application and critical evaluation of appropriate theories and models,
2. Engage critically with relevant literature to establish a framework in which to analyse and synthesise the results of your primary or secondary research
3. Generate / collect relevant primary or secondary data using an appropriate and justified method
4. Analyse your data using an appropriate and justified method of analysis
5. Recognise the ethical implications of your work
6. Critically evaluate the source of your data and the method you adopted

More information

SM9636 -

Strategic Management for Sustainable Leadership (Core,20 Credits)

1. How strategic recommendations are likely to be evaluated by various stakeholder groups that place a different interpretation on the measurement of business success.
2. Understanding the concepts and frameworks of Endogenous Strategy that apply to a company’s Capabilities, Competences and Resources.
3. How to synthesise key concepts in the Resource-based View of Strategy (RBV) and apply them to companies in competitive markets.
4. How Sustained Competitive Advantage (SCA) can be achieved and maintained in an era of finite resources and increasing demand for sustainability.
5. How Innovation can be managed and applied to Products, Processes, Business Models and Sustainability.
6. How Sustainability can be incorporated into successful Strategy Formulation, Strategic Implementation, and Business Model Innovation.
7. How Leadership impacts upon strategic decision making.
8. Understanding how the concepts of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility can be applied to meet the challenges of Ethical Business Management in the future.
9. How to successfully write compelling and influential strategic briefing documents based around the structure adopted by this module.

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