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Module

BUS2040 : Human Resource Management and the Future of Work

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Angela Mazzetti
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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 the potential impact of people management strategies on individuals, organisations and society.

Outline Of Syllabus

On successful completion of this module and BUS2035, students gain a professional membership outcome and can join the CIPD [Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development] as an Associate Member.

The syllabus for this module focuses on four key themes:

1. The employment lifecycle: the nature and context of the employment lifecycle; the key stages of the employment lifecycle; the key HRM processes and functions that support the employment lifecycle.
2. The employment relationship: the nature and context of the employment relationship; the key stakeholders involved in the development and maintenance of the employment relationship; potential areas of conflict and their resolution.
3. Human resource planning: key contemporary future of work labour market trends and their significance for workforce planning.
4. Contemporary business issues: anticipating and responding to contemporary business challenges that impact HRM.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion164:0064:00Assessment preparation and completion.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials121:0012:00Asynchronous lecture activities and materials.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00Preparation reading.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Small group seminar activities - PiP.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery62:0012:00Pre and post-assessment drop-in surgeries 3 x per semester - PiP - whole group activity - not SGA.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study180:0080:00Wider independent reading and research.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk22:004:00Online Pre-and post-assessment module talks(online enables private questions to be asked).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00Semester Overview Module Talk - 1 x each semester - PiP/online.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The structured guided learning activities present the underpinning HRM theories and contemporary academic and practitioner debates.

The small group teaching enables students to discuss and debate these concepts in a small group setting.

The module talks and drop-in surgeries provide ongoing support for the module assessment.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M502000 words HR Plan
Poster1M50A HR Infographic
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Case study1MAs part of the small group teaching activities.
Case study2MAs part of the small group teaching activities.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will take place within the small group sessions through the discussion of a series of case study tasks set in a range of organisational contexts. The case study tasks and contexts relate to the underpinning theories and debates presented as part of the structured guided learning activities.

Summative Assessment

Semester 1: A HR infographic that outlines: the key stages of the employment lifecycle; the key stakeholders involved; potential areas for engagement and conflict; the opportunities and responsibilities for relationship development, maintenance and mediation.

The semester 1 assessment assesses learning outcomes: Knowledge Outcomes 3, 4, & 5, and Skills Outcome 3.

Semester 2: A 2,000 word HR Plan related to a contemporary business issue and the impact on HRM.

The semester 2 assessment assesses learning outcomes: Knowledge Outcomes 1 & 2, and Skills Outcome 1 & 2.


Feedback Strategy

Formative: Peer and tutor formative feedback will be given as part of the small group teaching activities. This will be supported by module talks and drop-in surgeries.

Summative:

1. Infographic: Summary feedback will be given related to the content and presentation of the infographic in accordance with the assessment marking criteria.
2. HR Plan: In-text and summary feedback will be given related to the content and presentation of the HR Plan in accordance with the assessment marking criteria.

Reading Lists

Timetable