People Management

This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.

Module Co-ordinator

Dr Saira Lee





Credit value


Contact hours

 25 hours


Assessment is 100% coursework


The module aims to introduce students to the main concepts and practices involved in the subject of Human Resource Management (HRM), whilst providing them with a critical perspective on the theory and practice in this area.  The module asks ‘what is HRM?’, questions its strategic importance, explores its inherent contradictions and examines the impact of HR practice on the individual, management and the organisation. 

The module seeks to make sense of the daily dilemmas faced in managing the inherent complexities of dealing with the ‘human’ in HRM.  The module is also concerned with examining the context in which HRM practice must operate and the impact on employees, management and organisations.  This will be achieved through the study of both prescriptive and critical literature, along with case study analyses and participative workshops.

The module objectives are as follows:

  • Understand the use of various HR practices
  • Examine the nature of HRM from different perspectives
  • Make sense of conflicting analyses of HRM in theory and practice
  • Identify the external factors that affect HR policies and practices
  • Deconstruct the relationship between HRM strategy, practice and performance
  • Consider how various stakeholders have conflicting interests which need to be addressed
  • Provide students with analytical tools with which to engage theoretical and practical applications of HRM

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students are expected to have developed the following learning outcomes and skills:

Knowledge and understanding:

  • develop a critical understanding of a range of contemporary human resource management issues;
  • demonstrate an overall understanding of the principal frameworks within which HRM issues are debated;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the different preoccupations and insights of HRM practice;
  • appreciate that concepts can be avenues for new insights, but can also create blind spots for both debate and practice;
  • demonstrate the capacity to work through complex ideas

 Applied knowledge and understanding:

  • apply knowledge of human resource management in attempting to understand contemporary management, work and organisational issues;
  • offer a critical appreciation of research studies and themes that can be used as a tool kit for day-to-day HRM practice;
  • make critical judgement regarding claims made in written and oral formats.

 Cognitive abilities and higher order transferable skills:

  • demonstrate high level capabilities in reading and comprehension;
  • display the ability to collate, interpret and present a range of materials;
  • demonstrate oral and written presentation skills;
  • show the capacity for argumentation and persuasion;
  • communicate in and between groups;
  • display autonomy, initiative and accountability in individual and collective endeavour



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