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NBS8386 : Human Resource Development in a Global Economy

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Emily Yarrow
  • Lecturer: Mrs Jo Clark
  • 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 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module aims to prepare students for their academic studies and a professional career in HR in diverse organisational settings.

This module will highlight the significance of HRD (Human Resource Development) in a Global economy and its central contribution to talent management as a significant lever in achieving economic, social and cultural aspirations, ambitions and objectives of governments, work organisations and individuals. This module will develop student’s critical understanding of the potential and limitations of the contribution of learning and talent development policies and strategies for formulating and achieving objectives at national, organisational, group and individual levels and will enable the development of intellectual, social, professional and personal skills to perform effectively in associated professional roles.

It further provides students with the opportunity to reflect critically on HRD theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint, explores the implications for professional practice and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.

Outline Of Syllabus

Skills, global and regulatory organisations
Strategic Human Resource Development
Individual and Organizational learning
Critical Perspectives on workplace learning
Learning Transfer, added value and evaluating effectiveness of HRD interventions
Promoting talent, career and continuing professional development
Leadership and management development

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion241:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00PIP
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading491:0049:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities91:009:009 hours of structured guided learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00PIP
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module employs a wide range of teaching and learning methods to give students knowledge and understanding about key issues and to allow students to apply them in practical tasks, thereby fostering formal learning in class as well as self-directed independent and peer learning. The module includes both academic and practitioner input to give students better appreciation of the current professional context, advantages and challenges.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M100Students design training materials, receiving formative feedback then being assessed delivering student-led training amongst peers
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2MIn seminars presentation/session design & practice review and feedback including peer review.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The student-led training will assess all intended learning and skills outcomes. The formatively assessed designed training materials will provide opportunities for students to develop practical materials which will form the basis of the assessment raining activity and the development of all intended learning outcomes and skills outcomes.

Reading Lists