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BUS2040 : Human Resource Management and the Future of Work

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Angela Mazzetti
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module explores work, employment and responsible people management practices people within the wider social, political, cultural and economic context.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus for this module focuses on four key themes:

1.The employment lifecycle: the key stages of the employment lifecycle; sustainable people management practices throughout the key stages of the employment lifecycle.
2.The employment relationship: the nature and context of the employment relationship; ethical and compassionate relationship practices.
3.Contemporary business issues: anticipating and responding to contemporary business challenges that impact responsible people management practices.
4. Human resource planning: future of work labour market trends and their significance for sustainable workforce planning.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00PiP lectures to develop module knowledge learning outcomes.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Assessment preparation and completion.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities401:0040:00Pre and post session reading and research activities.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00PIP workshops to develop module skills learning outcomes.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00PIP drop-in surgeries to address ongoing assessment queries.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study167:0067:00Wider independent reading and research.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Online synchronous sessions to deliver assessment information.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

The workshops enable students to discuss and debate these concepts, develop their skills and work towards their final assessment.

The drop-in surgeries provide support for assessment queries.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M1003500 words case study analysis.
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Case study1MAs part of the workshop activities.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will take place within the workshop sessions. A series of contemporary business issues related to the module case study will be discussed and debated assisting the students with their final assessment.

Summative Assessment

A 3000 word case study analysis of contemporary workforce challenges related to the responsible and ethical management of people.

Feedback Strategy

Formative: Peer and tutor formative feedback will be given as part of the workshop activities. This will be supported by the drop-in surgeries.

Summative: Summary feedback will be given related to the content and presentation of the report in accordance with the assessment marking criteria.

Reading Lists