Credit Value: 20
Module Coordinator: Dr Knut Laaser, Management, Work & Organisation Division
Contact Hours: 30 hours
Assessment: 2,500–3,000 word essay (35%); seminar participation (15%) and final examination (50%)
This module provides an introduction to a range of HR practices, legal policies and the relationship between them. The module examines the principles and deployment of HR techniques that shape the ways in which organisations manage the employment relationship and how HR techniques and policies are governed by employment law. The module also introduces theoretical approaches that embed HR techniques in wider society and discusses the ethical and social dimensions of HR techniques for employees and the organisation. The aim of this module is to provide an overview of HR techniques and to enhance a critical understanding of the management of Human Resources and its impact on the organisation of work and employees.
The aim of this module is to provide an overview of HR techniques and to enhance a critical understanding of the management of Human Resources and its impact on the organisation of work, organisational policies and employees’ working lives.
Objectives and learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students should be able to understand and evaluate:
A. Job design and Job analysis
The contextual factors that affect job analysis and design.
B. The history of Human Resource Management, its techniques and the role of labour law
The changing nature of people management:- From Personnel Management to HR; The role of labour law and employment legislation for HR techniques.
C. HR Techniques I: Recruitment, Leave, Discipline and Dismissal
Recruitment practices and equality; Disciplinary Procedures; Dismissal; Redundancy; Parental leave.
D. HR Techniques II: Evaluation and Appraisal
Job evaluation; Job Appraisal; Performance Management Practices.
E. HR Techniques III: Health and Safety
Occupational Health and Safety; Managing age related issues.
F. HR Techniques IV: Equality Practices
Equality Practices and Diversity Management.
G. HR Techniques V: Managing Flexibility
Contingent work and Outsourcing.
H. HR Techniques in Context: Ethics and Well-being
The ethical and human dimensions and obligations of HRM; Dignity at work.
There are no official pre-requisites for this module but it is recommended that students taking this module have first taken HRMU9S3 ‘Fundamentals of HRM’.
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.