NBS8288 : The Reflexive Human Resource Practitioner

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 gives 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 ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion641:0064:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Configuration of simulation (cohort)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading501:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical16:006:00Assessed simulation exercise (cohort)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Formative feedback session
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study501:0050:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module employs a mix of lectures to give students knowledge about key issues, seminars to explore them further and practical activities to apply their learning. It fosters formal learning in class as well as self-directed independent study and peer learning.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M502,000-word individual assignment
Practical/lab report2M50Group simulation exercise
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1Mmanagement audit exercise', PC exam - pre-simulation quiz
PC Examination1MN/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment has been designed to ensure that students have a strong grasp of the content covered on the module and to establish that students can work both independently and as part of a team. In the middle of Semester 2, a simulation exercise conducted in groups assesses students’ grasp of key HRM concepts and their ability to apply them in practice. Towards the end of Semester 2, a critical reflection students’ learning and the development of a PPD action plan on how to make the transition from university to workplace assesses students’ career management skills. As such, the module assesses a wide range of skills that are required for global HR professionals.

Reading Lists