NX9705 - Business Skills for Human Resource Managers

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What will I learn on this module?

This module aims to equip you with a set of business skills that are pivotal to successful human resource management practice. A ‘skill’ is a practised ability to do something and the skill-set that this modules addresses includes the ability to think systematically about problems, to explore options and test ideas, to manage and interrogate data so as to create information and develop the intelligence that is required to support decision making. The Human Resource Manager must also be able to interpret financial information and manage resources effectively in order to make a full contribution to the success of their own organization, so the module also develops your understanding of these subjects. Much of this enhanced skill-set requires an enhanced proficiency in the use of information technology and a prominent theme throughout this module is the ‘hands-on-use’ of tools, techniques, and software applications that are commonly used in business and industry. You will therefore develop business skills through ‘learning by doing’. The module therefore complements the more personal employability and transferable skills that you will acquire elsewhere on your programme.

The content of this module offers opportunities to acquire the learning outcomes of the professional body for human resource managers and people developers –The Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD). The CIPD has 140,000 members worldwide. The main topics and subject areas that you will study are:

• Decision making, decision support systems and problem identification
• Relational data modelling, data management, and data interrogation
• Business activity modelling, balancing Key Performance Indicators and dash-boarding
• Business Intelligence, ‘Big Data’ and Data Analytics
• Managing projects
• The interpretation and analysis of financial statements
• Budgeting and costing for activity

How will I learn on this module?

Your learning on this module will be supported by a teaching and learning plan that outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and suggested reading. The formal classroom sessions will be a combination of lectures, seminars and particularly workshop sessions in IT laboratories. Your tutors will set learning tasks to support the work you have undertaken in the classroom sessions. You will be expected to keep up-to-date with tasks and exercises that are set in class and to be attempted outside of it. To aid with self-assessment on progress, solutions to these exercises will be made available to you on the e-learning portal. The problem-solving nature of many of the classroom sessions means that the tutor will continually offer formative feedback on your work. Student independent learning will centre upon you identifying and pursuing areas of interest in relation to the subject area in order to gain a deeper and broader knowledge of it. You will also be required to complete the module’s summative assessment outside of the classroom sessions.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module is taught by a team of academic staff who will support your learning. A member of the teaching team, who is also a member of the CIPD, will take overall responsibility for your learning and assessment in the module. The teaching of the module is also supported by an e-learning portal, which stores teaching materials and assessment details and various support facilities. You will be also provided with a teaching and learning plan and reading list that details the various book and journal references that support your learning. The module will be assessed by an assignment that integrates its various elements.

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: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Be able to demonstrate competence in the application of contemporary analytical methods, tools and techniques in the evaluation and modelling of business requirements. (MLO1)
• Be able to interpret financial information and manage financial resources effectively. (MLO2)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Be able to use information to make sound and justifiable decisions and solve business problems effectively. (MLO3)
• Be able to demonstrate skills in the use of IT to solve complex business problems. (MLO4)


Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• N.A.

How will I be assessed?

The module requires students to critically evaluate a case-based scenario that integrates the various elements of the module. The case will require the students to identify, diagnose and solve business problems using data modelling and analytical methods and the critical interpretation of financial statements and metrics. Witten feedback and marks for the various parts will be given. This will assess MLO1, MLO2, MLO3, MLO4.


Classroom-based tasks, questions and exercises, coupled to guided independent learning activities, will provide formative opportunities to develop and practice the knowledge and skills referenced in MLO1, MLO2, MLO3, MLO4. These will include exercises in data modelling, information system design and development, data analytics and querying, financial statement interpretation and evaluation.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module aims to equip you with a set of business skills that are pivotal to a successful career in human resource management (HRM). A ‘skill’ is a practised ability to do something and the skill-set that this module develops in you includes the ability to think systematically about problems, to explore options and test ideas, to manage and interrogate data so as to create information and develop the intelligence that is required to support decision making. It will also enable you to interpret financial information and manage resources effectively. Much of this business skill-set requires an enhanced proficiency in the use of information technology. This module will develop your ability in these areas and a prominent theme throughout is the ‘hands-on-use’ of the tools, techniques, and software applications that are commonly used in business and industry. You will therefore develop business skills through ‘learning by doing’. The content of this module also offers opportunities to acquire the learning outcomes of the professional body of the human resource managers and people developers –The Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD). The CIPD has 140,000 members worldwide and joining the ranks of this esteemed professional body opens the door to a professional career in HRM.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years part-time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

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