BUS2010 : People, Management and Workplaces

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


Contemporary workplaces are increasingly complex : workers' roles are multifaceted and often difficult to define. As a result, supporting, developing and managing people at work is becoming more demanding. The module addresses this challenging context by considering work as a series of interconnecting relations; and management as a social practice. It draws on theoretical perspectives from the fields of work and employment, organisation studies, human resource management and organisational behaviour. As such, the module enables students to think critically about the nature of work; better understand the dynamics between people, management, work and organisations; and draw upon a range of conceptual frames to address the challenges of modern workplaces .

Outline Of Syllabus

Drawing on key empirical research in the field, the module will examine:
•       a range of management functions, including: strategic people management ,recruitment, engagement, performance management, skills and competencie s,employee voice and rewards
•       the issues of supporting,managing and developing people in different
work roles,such as: knowledge work, service work and care work
•       the major contemporary issues affecting workplaces, for example :gender, ageing workforce,work-life balance, cross-culturalworking,equality and discrimination

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion164:0064:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce aspects of theory and relate this to practical examples through the use of seminar based activities.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50N/A
Written Examination901A50N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examinations assess both students' breadth of knowledge and understanding of Human Resource Management and their critical application of knowledge to specific subject areas.

Reading Lists