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BUS2000 : Human Resource Management

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Joshua Haist
  • Lecturer: Dr Judith Watson, Mrs Jo Clark
  • 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


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

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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00PIP
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion152:0052:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials41:004:00Pre recorded
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading156:0056:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery81:008:00PIP prior to assessment hand in 4x1 hour surgery in each semester to aid student
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study156:0056:00N/A
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.

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

Reading Lists