BUS2035 : HR for Line Managers

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


This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to:

•       Understand the increasing role of line managers in delivery of HRM, examining the competence requirements to deliver these responsibilities, with a focus on the responsibilities and competence requirements for setting objectives, performance management, motivation, engagement activities, handing conflict

•       Understand the use of HR information systems and employee survey tools to inform line management decision making

•       Appreciate the principles related to establishment of the contractual employment relationship and responsibilities of line managers in relation to implementation of HR related policies and procedures

•       Understand the role of line managers in learning and development activities, considered aspects such as self-development, CPD, management coaching and responsibilities in learning evaluation.

•       Understand the specific professional competences required for an HR practitioner informed by the competence model of the professional body in the UK on the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development [CIPD].

•       Support accreditation as a member of a professional body for HRM and HRD professionals in the UK by achievement of the CIPD Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management dependant on optional module choices in stage 3.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Professional and self-development, CPD and review of the CIPD’s HR Profession Map

•       Performance management cycle and involvement of line managers in the performance review process

•       Role of line managers in building trust, enthusiasm and commitment in support of a high-performance culture

•       Role of line managers in supporting learning and development of employees and use of online support to facilitate performance improvement

•       Essential features of the contract of employment and development of employment relations law-making, including trade union recognition

•       Analysis of employee opinion data and development of initiatives related to workforce engagement

•       Methods used for influencing, persuading and negotiating with others, and understanding of group dynamics and conflict resolution methods

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops82:0016:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork14:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery101:0010:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods used are to reflect the applied and practical nature of the module. There is a need for group workshops to help students explore the case study, associated materials provided and conduct secondary research to develop realistic reports and formative presentations.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M30CPD Log / Personal Reflection (1500 word limit)
Written exercise2M70Individual Project (2500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The CPD Log and personal reflection allows students to demonstrate their understanding and importance of self-development in a professional capacity and the competences required for line management of people. The individual report allows students to demonstrate that they have met the objectives of the module and the requirements for CIPD.

Reading Lists