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Module

BUS3024 : Critical Perspectives on Human Resource Management

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Lain
  • Demonstrator: Dr Martí Lopez Andreu
  • Lecturer: Dr Ana Lopes
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To provide a basis for critical judgement on the current state of human resource management.

To evaluate key recent changes in the practice of HRM in organisations.

To explore the role of political forces, ideologies and institutional conditions in shaping the practice of HRM.

To identify possible alternative ways of organising HRM.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Identity and diversity in the workplace
2. Health and well-being in work
3. The State and HRM
4. Downsizing and the precariat
5. Work and motivation
6. Employee voice: making the workers'voice heard
7. Workplace skills
8. Age management and older workers

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials92:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading54:0020:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities110:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study123:0023:00N/A
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

There will be one introduction lecture and 8 subject lectures that will be paired into 4 areas for discussion. These will form the basis for four assessment areas for the assessment: the students will chose to focus on one of these. There will be one online small group teaching/seminar to discuss the assessment and four further online small group teaching/seminar, one for each topic on the assessment. Each of these will have five hours of preparatory work and guided independent study. There will be approximately 2.5 hours structured research and reading activity for each topic area. Each topic will also be supported by an online discussion ["drop in surgery"]. It is expected that further reading will take approximately 23 hours and that the assessment will take about 20 hours to draft and edit.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002,000 words.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1Messay plan
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay assesses students' depth of understanding of a particular topic within the field of study, drawing on extensive independent further research and reading.

Reading Lists

Timetable