Strategic Human Resource Management module (BU31006)

Learn about Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) issues and challenges.

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This module introduces you to the concepts and practice of Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM), distinct from HR/personnel management. SHRM focuses on aligning HR practices with an organisation's long-term goals.

This module will enable you to reflect on how what you will learn can assist organisations' sustainable and ethical performance.

Unlike other introductory HRM courses, this module is designed to give you a critical understanding of HRM. You will use real-world issues and adopt an interactive learning approach, with your opinions and debates at the centre.

What you will learn

In this module you will:

  • learn how policies and practices of SHRM influence the scope and knowledge of both HR practitioner and line manager roles
  • consider the effects of SHRM in current practice
  • understand the challenges of SHRM for the future

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • understand the key goals of SHRM in contemporary organisations
  • understand theoretical perspectives and practical issues in HRM strategy in an organisational context.
  • analyse SHRM's contribution to organisational performance, exploring the 'Black Box' of HRM – performance link
  • explain SHRM in relation to talent management and change management.
  • appreciate the key debates of HR practice and the future role of HR practitioners required to deliver SHRM

Assignments / assessment

  • online quiz based on learning contents covered in weeks 1-3 (30%)
  • coursework submission at the end of the module (70%)

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

This module runs over weeks 1-5 and uses a flip classroom approach.

You will prepare for face-to-face sessions and class activities by listening to pre-recorded lectures and reading the assigned materials. You will be required to actively engage in the sessions (both online and face-to-face) for effective learning.

Each week has a:

  • 30-40 minute pre-recorded session
  • two hour face-to-face lecture
  • one hour face-to-face seminar/workshop


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