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BUS2025 : Managing Human Resources

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Stewart Johnstone
  • Demonstrator: Mrs Jo Clark, Mr Joshua Haist
  • 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


To develop an understanding of the management of people in a variety of organisational settings.

To develop an understanding of the role of people management in the achievement of organisational objectives.

To develop a critical understanding of the options organisations have for managing people.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module provides an introduction to the complex issues and problems involved in managing people in organisations in the public and private sectors and in domestic and international organisations. The module considers these issues from theoretical and practical perspectives using a combination of lectures and case studies in order to examine the contribution that the management of people can make to organisational success. The emphasis is on understand the complexities of managing people at work, past, present and future.

1 Introduction to managing people in organisations
2 Models of HRM
3 Recruitment and selection
4 Performance management
5 Group assignment
6 Training and skills
7 Reward management
8 Group assignment
9 Employment relations
10 Employee involvement and participation
11 Downsizing and redundancy
12 Equality and diversity
13 Flexibility
14 HRM in different contexts
15 International human resource management
16 Revision

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion162:0062:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture162:0032:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce aspects of theory and relate this to practical examples through the use of case studies. The seminars are designed to help students think through the issues involved in the group assignment.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M40Group assignment; Case Study 2,500 word count
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MWill take place in one of the seminar sessions
Written exercise2MWill take place in one of the seminar sessions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The group assignment is designed to allow students to examine a key HRM topic in depth and to exposes students to the practical issues surrounding working in groups. The examination is designed to assess both students' breadth of knowledge and understanding of Human Resource Management and their critical application of knowledge to specific subject areas.

Reading Lists