Global Opportunities

BUS2035 : HR to Improve Working Lives

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aim of this module is to explore how the HR function influences the operationalization of ethical and legal people practices to enhance the quality of working life.

Outline Of Syllabus

By successfully completing this module and BUS2040, students gain a professional membership outcome and can join CIPD as an Associate Member.

The syllabus is focused on four key themes:

1. The factors that impact the quality of working life and the role of the HR function in the operationalization of quality of working life environment;
2. The ethical and legal factors that impact the operationalization of people practices;
3. The importance of professional and self-development of people professionals in the context of the CIPD’s Profession Map;
4. How organizations use a range of organizational performance data to enhance the quality of working life.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Preparation and completion of assessments.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00PiP
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities361:0036:00Pre-session readings and activities.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Online synchronous assessment drop-in surgeries.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study170:0070:00Students' own independent activities.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00Online synchronous assessment module talks.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods used are to reflect the applied and practical nature of the module. The lectures will present students with the underlying theoretical concepts and the small group teaching will allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the importance of these concepts.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M301500 word essay
Written exercise2M702500 word business report.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MPeer review of plans for assignment
Written exercise2MPeer review of plans for assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formative Assessment
Formative assessment will take place within the small group sessions through the discussion of a series of case study tasks / scenarios set in a range of organisational contexts. These tasks relate to the underpinning theories and debates presented as part of the structured guided learning activities.

Summative Assessment
Semester 1: A 30% weighted critical essay. The semester 1 assessment assesses learning outcomes: Knowledge Outcomes 1 & 2 and Skills Outcome 1&2.
Semester 2: A 2,500 word business report. The semester 2 assessment assesses learning outcomes: Knowledge Outcomes 3 & 4 and Skills Outcome 3.

Feedback Strategy
Formative: Peer and tutor formative feedback will be given as part of the small group teaching activities. This will be supported by module talks and drop-in surgeries.

In-text and summary feedback will be given in accordance with the assessment marking criteria

Reading Lists