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BUS2040 : Human Resource Management and the Future of Work

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Angela Mazzetti
  • Demonstrator: Dr Susan Kirk, Mr Johannes Schmalisch, Mr Joshua Haist
  • Lecturer: Professor Stephen Procter, 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 examines work, employment and the management of people within its wider social and economic context.

It aims to develop students’ understanding of the complexities of managing people in a range of organisational settings.

The focus of the syllabus is the employment relationship, covering both theoretical and practical perspectives of human resource management (HRM), considering the various stakeholders within employment relations and HRM and potential impact of people management strategies on individuals, organisations and society.

The module is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars, including on-line discussion forums together with directed learning and independent reading. Independent learning requires students to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the subject through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, reflection, research, and engagement with on-line forums.

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 BUS2035, students gain a professional membership outcome and can join CIPD as an Associate Member.

The syllabus will include;

•       Role of HRM in a global world
•       HRM as a business partner
•       Employee resourcing and retention
•       Employee productivity, performance and rewards
•       Role of HRM in employees well-being
•       Management of employment relations
•       HR Analytics – evidence based decision making
•       E-HR
•       HR Management across international boundaries
•       Sustainability, Ethics, CSR and Diversity
•       Developing Talent
•       Future of work

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:0080:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading142:0042:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00On line seminar. Opportunity for formative feedback and peer contribution
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study142:0042:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used to present the underlying theories of HRM and current debates, both academic and practitioner-focused. Seminars will allow students to explore the key theories and develop their critical skills through discussion. The on-line forum will allow students to assess their understanding of the underpinning theories related to strategic HRM with peer contribution and formative feedback provided to assist student learning.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50Conflict scenarios Case study
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M502000 words. HR Plan
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Performance1MOn line seminar. To provide an opportunity to assess understanding of key underpinning theories related to strategic HRM
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formative Assessment

The module has been designed so that students will participate in an on-line forum allowing them to respond to contributions from their peers and feedback on their understanding of the underpinning theories related to strategic HRM.

This has 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 collective feedback and enable them to feedforward

Summative Assessment

The written assignment component in semester 1 [2,000 words] provides an opportunity for student to receive specific individual feedback on their performance on the module.

The exam component in semester 2 [90 minutes, essay format] ensures that students engage with the breadth of the syllabus.

Feedback Strategy

Formative: The on-line seminar in semester 1 will provide an opportunity for formative feedback.

Summative: For the written assignment there is a rubric that will indicate how marks are allocated to the work. In addition, for the essay annotated comments on the work and overall summary comments will be provided using electronic marking.

Reading Lists