Module Catalogue 2020/21

BUS2000 : Human Resource Management

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sue Abbott
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

Lecture before seminar/small group teaching

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



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.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to HRM
Strategy and HRM
Models of HRM
Equality and diversity
Workforce planning and talent management
Recruitment and selection
Induction and Culture
Performance management /Appraisal
Employee Relations
Grievance, Discipline and Redundancy
Reviewing the HRM role
Emotion and aesthetics at work
Involvement and participation
Employee engagement
The impact of HRM
Learning and Human Resource Development
Leadership and management

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

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion164:0064:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture361:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading281:0028:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:0060:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BUS2027Human Resource Management I
BUS2028Human Resource Management II
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce theoretical concepts and up-to-date research, and relate them to practice during the lecture sessions and seminar activities.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M502000 word assignment.
Case study1M50added in order to upload please update in phase 2
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay2MWorth 100% assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formative exercises are undertaken towards the end of semester 1 to ensure learning is ongoing in preparation for summative essay task

The essay requires students to examine a key human resource management topic in depth and to demonstrate a clear knowledge of how Human Resource Management contributes to organisational performance


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.