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NBS8288 : The HR Practitioner: Skills, theory and practice

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Judith Watson
  • 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


This module has been designed to prepare students for a professional career in HR in diverse organisational settings. It is primarily concerned with key HR skills, students’ personal and professional development and the development of foundational transferable skills. As such, it underpins, integrates and consolidates students’ learning on MSc Global Human Resource Management.

Specifically, the module aims to give students an appreciation of the collection, analysis and interpretation of information as a basis for decision-making and problem-solving. It also aims to develop the interpersonal and cross-cultural skills required by global HR professionals and seeks to foster applied learning and continuing professional development.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus includes pertinent skills required for global HR students and practitioners, in relation to:

1. Information and communication
2. Team working and interpersonal
3. Key human resource management
4. Career management and development

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00PiP lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion164:0064:00Assessment preparation and completion.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading130:0030:00Directed learning in preparation for lectures and seminars.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Small group seminar and formative assessment activities - PiP.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery62:0012:00Pre and post assessment drop in surgeries 3 X each semester - PiP.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study170:0070:00Independent study.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00Module Overview Talks - 1 x each semester PiP.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk41:004:00Pre and post assessment module talks - online to allow for private questions.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module employs a mix of learning activities to develop students' knowledge and understanding of the key issues, offer them opportunities for peer discussion and debate, and opportunities to apply their learning through the completion of practical tasks.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log1M502,000-word individual reflective skills assignment.
Report2M502,000-word individual reflective skills assessment and professional development plan.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises2MA series of problem solving activities.
Reflective log1MA series of reflective activities.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment has been designed to ensure that students have a good knowledge and understanding of the module content, to establish that students can work both independently and as part of a team, and to ensure that students can effectively reflect on their own practice to develop their global HR professional skills.

Semester 1 assessment assesses MLOs: Knowledge Learning Outcomes 1 & 2; Skills Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 7 & 8.

Semester 2 assessment assesses MLOs: Knowledge Learning Outcomes 3 & 4; Skills Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7.

Reading Lists