SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1N626262
Module Leader Orla McVicar
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

This module introduces students to the context, nature, perspectives and key activities in human resource management. The module is structured across two distinct themes: introducing key concepts of HRM and fundamentals of HRM. The rationale is to provide students with insights and transferable references to wider perspectives of HRM and the employment relationship, in addition to its application and functions within the workplace, whether local or international. Throughout each of the themes contemporary issues in HRM will also be addressed, thus allowing students to engage with topical challenges in the management of human resources and consider the roles of HR and line managers within multiple arenas. The contemporary issues may include for example work-life balance, knowledge management, ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, international HRM, social media and HRM, staff fraud and dishonesty and workplace bullying. Students are offered the opportunity to apply theoretical perspectives to their own experiences and expectations of work and indeed their role in the workplace. Furthermore, enhancement of employability skills through engagement in the group presentations encourages consideration of career opportunities and how the knowledge and skills gained in this module can contribute towards these. PRME related issues will be considered throughout the module ensuring that students develop their knowledge of responsible, ethical and sustainable practices. Specific examples of this include the importance of providing equality of opportunity for all employees, carrying out HR activities (e.g. selecting employees) in a fair and transparent way, valuing diversity within the workplace, considering the role of HR in corporate social responsibility.


Theme 1: Introducing Key Concepts of Human Resource Management A contemporary perspective to managing human resources The Role of HRM in Organisations (including roles of line managers) The Changing context of HRM: external contextual factors impacting organisations and the HR function The Employment Relationship, including managing conflict Theme 2: Fundamentals of Human Resource Management Equality and Diversity in the workplace Employee Resourcing: effective recruitment and selection practices Employee Resourcing: Induction Labour Turnover and Retention Human Resource Development: contemporary contexts and competing approaches Performance Management: complexities and contributions of high performance working Pay and Reward Health, safety and well-being

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to: 1. Explain the complexities of managing human resources in rapidly changing social, political, technological and economic environments with coverage of selected aspects of international cases and implications for employers/employees at work;2. Discuss the role of line managers in the effective management of human resources in contemporary organisations;3. Identify causes of conflict in the workplace and discuss processes to maintain discipline and manage employee grievances;4. Appraise a variety of fundamental activities associated with the effective management of human resources;5. Relate the management of human resources to broader contemporary workplace issues (utilising international examples as appropriate).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching, learning and assessment strategy for this module aims to help students attain a sound conceptual and theoretical grounding in the essentials of managing human resources, as well as an understanding of fundamental HR activities. Overall students will develop a range of employability/practical skills as well as an ability to conceptualise and analyse the subject area, thus informing individual career orientation and developing an early awareness of the importance of employability. Teaching, learning and assessment methods used to achieve outcomes include: Theoretical and practical input in the form of lectures, seminars and directed reading will be provided on the main topic areas. These will be supplemented by class discussion within seminars to share and analyse current organisational practice, personal experience and contemporary issues. Teaching will be supported by engaging with the VLE (GCU Learn), the use of research-based teaching materials, learning and development tutors and industry speakers. International examples and case analyses will provide an attractive and relevant context for the syllabus themes for all students, thus supporting the widening of their knowledge base in a variety of areas. The assessment structure will enable students to enhance their ability to articulate knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of managing human resources, as well as applying theory to practice in a variety of contexts. The range of assessment methods utilised will also enable a development of wider employability skills. Assessment:- Group Presentation (30%) Trimester 1: Week 10/11 Presentations on the application of one fundamental aspect of human resource management to an organisational context. Essay paper submission (70%) Trimester 1: Week 13/14 To encourage effective reading and writing activity early in the learning cycle and acclimatise student to the subject area (2000 words). Feedback for the essay will be available online and students will be able to access via GCULearn. Generally module tutors will annotate the coursework and provide a brief feedback summary along with the final mark for the piece. Generic feedback will also be available on GCULearn at the end of the module - this will provide a final summary of the cohort performance and average pass marks. Feedback on group presentations will be provided by both peers and tutor at the end of each workshop. GSBS will continue to use the advancement of GCU Learn as a blended learning tool through its teaching and learning as well as through engagement with students. GSBS will ensure that all modules are GCU Learn enabled and with the support of the Learning Technologists at the cutting edge of development of online materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCULearn to ensure student support and information sharing. Some on-line tutorials will be incorporated. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is provided within 3 working weeks of submission.

Indicative Reading

Books and articles: Armstrong, M. and Taylor, S. (2017) Armstrong's Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice, 14th edition, London: Kogan Page, UK Banfeld, P. and Kay, R. (2012) Introduction to human resource management, Oxford: Oxford University Press Bratton, J & Gold, J (2017) Human Resource Management, 6th edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Blyton, P. & Jenkins, J. (2007) Key Concepts in Work, London: Sage Foot, M., & Hook, C. (2016) Introducing Human Resource Management, 7th edition, London: Pearson Education Marchington, M. & Wilkinson, A. (2012) Human Resource Management at Work: People Management & Development, 5th edition, London: CIPD McKenna, E. & Beech, N. (2013) Human Resource Management: a concise analysis, 3rd edition, Harlow: FT Prentice Hall Noon, M. & Blyton, P. (2013) The Realities of Work, 4th edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan Pilbeam, S. & Corbridge, M. (2010) People Resourcing & Talent Planning: HRM in Practice, 4th edition, Pearson Education, UK Redman T. & Wilkinson, A. (2013) Contemporary HRM: Text and Cases, 4th edition, New York: FT Prentice Hall Rollinson, D. & Dundon, T. (2011) Understanding Employment Relations, 2nd edition, London: McCraw Hill Rose, E. (2008) Employment Relations, Harlow: FT/Prentice Hall Taylor, S. (2018) People Resourcing and Talent Management, 7th edition London: CIPD Torrington D., Hall L., Taylor, S. & Atkinson, C. (2017) Human Resource Management, 10th edition, London: FT Prentice Hall Wilton, N. (2016) An Introduction to Human Resource Management, 3rd edition, London: SAGE Online sources: Newell-Brown, J (2011) The complete guide to recruitment: a step-by-step approach to selecting, assessing and hiring the right people [electronic resource] Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development <> The Work Foundation <> ACAS <> Equality and Diversity Forum <> Equality and Human Rights Commission <> Office for National Statistics <> XpertHR <> Stonewall UK <> JOURNALS/PUBLICATIONS: Employee Relations Human Resource Management Journal Human Resource Development International I.D.S. Briefs IRS Employment Industrial and Labour Relations Review International Journal of Human Resource Management People Management Personnel Review Personnel Today INDICATIVE RESEARCH SOURCES Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development <> The Work Foundation <> ACAS <> Equality and Diversity Forum <> Equality and Human Rights Commission <> Office for National Statistics <> XpertHR <> Stonewall UK <>

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: Self-management: self-motivation, time management and critical self-reflection and evaluation of personal performance. Interpersonal Skills: an ability to work collaboratively and constructively with others in seminars and outside of class in allocated groups. Oral and written communication skills, negotiation skills and presentation skills. Group work when participating in the group work in seminars and outside of class in allocated groups. Information technology skills will be developed through Internet searches and online communication. Analytical, evaluative and creative problem solving will be developed throughout the module experience but especially through case studies, seminar debates. Using Turnitin software to improve writing style. Utilising labour market information.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 124.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
CW2 Course Work 02 n/a 70.00 35% Individual 2000 word essay - Critique of key concepts of managing human resources
CW1 Course Work 01 15.00 30.00 35% Group Presentation - the application of a fundamental HRM activity to an organisational context.