Applied Human Resource Management module (BU31007)

Understand and apply human resource management key practices, including job design, recruitment and selection, performance management, and employment relations.

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In this module, we will focus on issues and challenges related to the practice side of human resources. Through exploring these issues, you will learn the human resource management tools and concepts that will have practical value in our everyday lives and your future practice as human resource professionals.

No prior knowledge of human resource management is expected for this module. You will be introduced to the subject in a radically different way to the traditional approach taken by most other universities and schools. This module will be using a case study approach to develop your critical understanding of human resource practices.

Additionally, we will adopt an interactive learning approach, with your opinions and debates at the centre.

What you will learn

In this module you will:

  • learn about a wide range of human resource management issues faced by the modern firm
  • apply human resource management in practice areas including recruitment and selection, performance appraisal, human resource development, and rewards management

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

  • understand management principles and reasoning
  • understand key human resource management functions
  • frame people management problems within their broader economic, social, political, and historical context
  • critically assess the performance of organisations, including the effect of human resource management policies they have adopted
  • assess problems through analysing real-world issues

Assignments / assessment

  • individual project (70%)
  • quiz (30%)

Formative feedback will also be supplied through engaging in class discussions and one-to-one meetings as required.

Teaching methods / timetable

This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops/seminars using a flipped classroom approach. The workshops/seminars will be based on case studies.

This module starts from week 6 of semester 1 and ends in week 12.

Sessions for this module include:

  • two hour face-to-face lectures weekly
  • 20-30 minutes pre-recorded sessions
  • face-to-face workshops/seminars weekly

You are encouraged to read in advance and participate in both online and in-class discussions.

The pre-recorded sessions will be relevant to the weekly lectures. These will be made available before the face-to-face lectures. You will be asked to watch the videos before attending lectures for more effective engagement.

Weekly online discussion boards will also be made available. These discussion boards are linked to your workshop/seminar activities. They will be used as the main interaction and engagement tool for the weekly material that will be discussed in workshops. You will be asked to provide a reflective insight on the assigned topic. Each topic is related to a set of videos, lecture contents, and seminars to assess your weekly engagement and help you prepare for the final summative assessment.


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