Module Catalogue 2024/25

BUS2000 : Human Resource Management

BUS2000 : Human Resource Management

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Judith Watson
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



To develop an understanding of the different options and approaches to managing people in organisations (HRM)

To develop an understanding of the complexities involved in managing people in organisations

To develop a critical understanding of how the different approaches of HRM can affect employees and the organisation.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module provides an introduction to the practice of managing people in organisations. It examines management as a social process, and offers a critical understanding of how management is performed, why and with what effect. Alongside the practical and theoretical, the module explores the art of management considering the aesthetic, emotional and psychological aspects of work.

1.Introduction to HRM
2.HRM Strategy/Models of HRM
3.Equality and diversity
4.Workforce planning/talent management/flexibility
5 Recruitment and selection
6.Induction and Culture
7.Performance management /Appraisal
8.Employee Relations/Grievance and Discipline
9. Downsizing and Redundancy. Preparing case study and review.

10.Reviewing the HRM role
11.Emotion and aesthetics at work
12.Involvement and participation
13.Employee engagement
14.Motivation and reward
15.Learning /Human Resource Development/OD
16.Leadership and management
17. International HRM
18. Reflection on HRM role

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of the module students should have a critical understanding of:
- the nature of the employment relationship
- how management is performed, why and with what effect
- the role of people management in the achievement of organisational objectives
- issues involved in managing human resources in the international context.

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to:
- critically appraise the role of management in organisations
- analyse case studies set within the world of work
- demonstrate how human resource management contributes to organisational success

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00PIP
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion155:0055:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading156:0056:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops71:007:00Full cohort, PIP prior to assessment hand in 4x1 hour in semester one; 3x1 hour surgery in semester two to aid student
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study156:0056:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BUS2027Human Resource Management I
BUS2028Human Resource Management II
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce theoretical frameworks and different aspects of theory and relate this to practical examples through the use of case studies. The seminars are designed to help students think critically through the issues involved in managing HRM in the modern and future workplace. Drop-in/surgeries are intended to support students with their assignment preparation.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M502000 word assignment.
Essay2M502000 word assignment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A summative Case study is undertaken towards the end of semester 1 to ensure learning is ongoing in preparation for the second summative essay task in Semester 2

The assessment tasks require students to demonstrate a clear knowledge of how Human Resource Management contributes to organisational success


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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