Human Resource Management


Whether you intend to have a career in a business, or to manage people either as a manager or as an employer in your own business, understanding the principles of HRM will be relevant to you.

There are different ideas about what makes effective people management and how best to motivate and reward employees.

The course is designed to introduce you to these debates and controversies, to provide an understanding of the business and legislative context in which HRM strategies are developed and well as the challenges of implementing policy and practice in organisations.

The module will identify and evaluate the key issues within the functional areas of employee resourcing, employee development, employee relations, performance management and reward.

It will also assess the role of HR professionals and line managers in delivering effective HR interventions and adding value to organisations.


Two hour exam, students have a choice of three questions out of a total of ten

Key skills

Students will learn to:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of contemporary developments in HRM
  • Apply knowledge of academic research to the evaluation of contemporary debates in HRM
  • Apply this knowledge to the analysis of current practice, including case studies
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between HRM theory and practice