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BUS2035 : HR to Improve Working Lives

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Sarah Carnegie
  • 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 aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to:

Understand the increasing role of line managers in delivery of HRM and the role of HR&D Professionals in supporting this, examining the competence requirements for HR&D Professionals to deliver these responsibilities, with a focus on the responsibilities and competence requirements for setting objectives, performance management, motivation, engagement activities, handing conflict.

Understand the use of HR information systems and employee survey tools to inform line management decision making.

Appreciate the principles related to establishment of the contractual employment relationship and responsibilities of line managers in relation to implementation of HR related policies and procedures.

Understand the role of HR&D Professionals and line managers in learning and development activities, considered aspects such as self-development, CPD, management coaching and responsibilities in learning evaluation.

Understand the specific professional competences required for an HR practitioner informed by the competence model of the professional body in the UK on the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development [CIPD].

Outline Of Syllabus

Passing this module is a requirement of the accreditation as a member of a professional body for HRM and HRD professionals in the UK CIPD [Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development]. By successful completion of this module and BUS2040, students gain a professional membership outcome and can join CIPD as an Associate Member.

The syllabus will include;

•       Professional and self-development, importance of CPD in the context of the CIPD’s HR Profession Map
•       Essential features of the contract of employment and development of employment relations law-making
•       Performance management cycle and involvement of line managers in the performance review process
•       Role of HR Professionals in building trust, enthusiasm and commitment in support of a high-performance culture
•       Role of HR Professionals in supporting learning and development of employees and use of online support to facilitate performance improvement
•       Analysis of employee opinion data and development of initiatives related to workforce engagement
•       Methods used for influencing, persuading and negotiating with others, and understanding of group dynamics and conflict resolution methods

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion183:0083:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:004:00Attending CIPD Branch events - networking and current practice debates
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical22:004:00PC based to support use of HR information system - employee engagement survey
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading183:0083:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops81:008:00Assignment Support, 2 group discussions prior to each submission to allow for formative feedback
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods used are to reflect the applied and practical nature of the module. The lectures will present students with the underlying theoretical concepts related to continuous professional development and employee engagement. The seminars will allow students to demonstrate their understanding and importance of self-development in a professional capacity and the competences required of HR practitioners. The Business Report provides students with the opportunity to analyse virtual employee data to identify improvement and actions required to improve engagement. The attendance at CIPD Branch events will provide students with the opportunity network with HR practitioners and listen to current debates impacting on delivery of HR in practice.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M301500 words - CPD
Written exercise2M702500 words - Business Report
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MDraft plans of assignments to be peer reviewed in a taught session
Written exercise2MDraft plans of assignments to be peer reviewed in a taught session
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods used are to reflect the applied and practical nature of the module. There is a need for seminars to help students explore the HR data, associated materials provided and conduct secondary research to develop realistic reports and formative presentations.

Formative feedback opportunities will provide a number of benefits:
•       Developing their understanding of the topic to support their summative assessment
•       Students will be able to discuss and debate the topic to aid their application of their knowledge
•       Students will receive feedback and enable them to feedforward

Summative Assessment

The two written assignments ensures that students engage with the breadth of the syllabus.

Feedback Strategy

Summative: For the written assessment rubrics will indicate how marks are allocated to the work. In addition annotated comments on the work and overall summary comments will be provided using electronic marking.

Reading Lists