In order to demonstrate professional competence students will be required to undertake a dissertation during the final stage of the course. The dissertation must be linked to an HRM issue which is of relevance to an organisation. The dissertation should be 12,000 – 15,000 words.
This module is designed to introduce students to the principal issues underlying international and comparative human resource management (IHRM) in a global context. Such issues have risen in prominence due to increasing trade liberalisation, ‘globalisation’, spread of multinational corporations (MNCs), outsourcing to Asia, developmental focus on Africa and economic integration within the European Union.
As firms increasingly internationalise, suitable strategies for managing human resources have become critical to competition between the MNCs. Students can develop an insight into managing human resources in different national contexts and examine those global and national factors that impact approaches taken to international human resource management. More specifically, the module aims to discuss and analyse those factors which result in variations in HRM practices and policies across national business systems.
This module is designed to encourage students to develop a strong sense of self-awareness and of their own strengths and weaknesses as managers and colleagues. The module is primarily concerned with the development of skills, and specifically seeks to develop and improve a range of definable skills that are pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership.
This module aims to provide learners, first, with an understanding of the principal internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations. Second, the module examines how those leading organisations respond to these dynamic environmental contexts. Third, the module indicates how leaders in organisations, and those in the HR function, and line managers with HR responsibilities, need to recognise and acknowledge that corporate decisions and HR choices are not always shaped by managers alone.
This module aims to build on the operational and procedural skills and knowledge developed at earlier levels and present HR as a function that should be inextricably located in the strategic management of an organisation. Students have the opportunity to explore internal and external strategic influences, with particular emphasis on the culturally diverse nature of organisations and the environments in which they operate. The module will focus on organisational strategy and organisational development to consider how HR both informs and contributes to the implementation of organisational strategy and organisational change. The module is built around the processes of diagnosis, planning and implementation, and offers students the chance to develop and apply consultancy skills.
This module focuses not just on the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, but also on the strategic and the international aspects to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required for Resourcing and Talent management within a global context. The module also requires learners to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical standpoint.
Main themes of this module include:
- Concepts of leadership and management and their application in context.
- Leadership and management development needs in differing organisational contexts.
- Approaches to the formulation and implementation of leadership and management development strategies to meet current and future organisational needs.
- The role of leadership and management development in enhancing and developing the organisation.
- Approaches to the development of leadership and management in international and global contexts.
This module aims to provide learners with a rigorous framework of knowledge and understanding concerning people management and development. The module seeks to familiarise learners with major contemporary research evidence on employment and effective approaches to human resource (HR) and learning and development (L&D) practice.
Research focusing on the links between people management practices and positive organisational outcomes is covered, as is research that highlights major contemporary changes and developments in practice. Learners are also introduced to major debates about theory and practice in the specific fields of leadership, flexibility and change management, the aim being to help them become effective managers as well as effective HR specialists.
Learning and Talent Development is a term associated with the recent rise in interest in the notion of talent.
As a concept it is derived from historical notions of learning and development, training and development, training, and human resource development (HRD). In this module we explore how the introduction of the word talent impacts upon a study of how workers might be developed and develop themselves.
In doing so we consider how organisations might benefit from improved performance/productivity, how the workers themselves might benefit by improving their employability and therefore enhance their position within the labour marketplace, and additionally how government socio-political and macro-economic objectives might be facilitated.
After an introduction to HRD from a critical perspective, the module progresses by examining different strategic approaches to HRD and the political and ethical dimensions implicit in identifying and selecting specific ‘talent’ for development.
The module requires students to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint, explores the implications for professional practice, and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.
The cornerstone of all human resource (HR) management activity is the employment relationship – as a legal, social, economic and psychological exchange. This module will is designed to provide students with the chance to develop a comprehensive understanding of employment relations perspectives and debates, both national and international, from a theoretical and behavioural competency perspective.
It will look to enable students to understand, analyse and evaluate competing theories and perspectives associated with managing employment relations strategies and their outcomes on organisational climate, employees and management. The module provides opportunities to critically apply the activities, knowledge and behavioural competencies required for managing employment relations practices in union and non-union, small and large, private, public and indigenous and multinational organisations and aims to enable students to review and critically evaluate the roles and functions of different stakeholders in employment relations and the structures and processes required to manage the employment relationship effectively.
This module provides students with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the role of performance management in supporting the strategic objectives of an organisation in different business environments; how the performance of people can be enhanced and inspired by leadership and direction and how it contributes to high-performance work organisations.
The module examines the design of performance management systems that aim to transform organisational objectives and performance outcomes and identifies the knowledge and skills needed for effective performance review processes that are fair, ethical and improve people performance in modern organisations.
It aims to equip students with the necessary skills and a critical understanding of the performance review process that combines challenge and support and places a focus on personal, team and organisational learning and accountability. Furthermore, it recognises the importance of communication skills in the performance review process and evaluates the need for employee involvement as well as transparent, ethical and justifiable rewards for performance.
Students are expected to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint and have opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.
This module is designed to support the Applied Research (HRM) module. It aims to prepare students for writing a dissertation by discussing how to research and the philosophical underpinnings for research.
Sustainability practices are wide ranging and include various managerial decisions, monitoring environmental damage, and external financial reporting. In light of climate change and recent environmental disasters, sustainability practices are a growing concern to investors, creditors and regulators, all of whom demand greater transparency and accountability. The first part of the module provides an in-depth overview of current issues and best practices in sustainability and integrated reporting from both managerial and financial perspectives and develops an understanding of an essential role that sustainability practices and transparency play in corporate governance worldwide.
The second part of the module, which is designed with support of the Institute of Business Ethics, focuses on business ethical issues and ethical decision-making. The module aims to develop students, as future business leaders, managers or governance professionals, who understand and appreciate the importance of going beyond numbers and supporting good ethical business practices to help companies to sustain long-term success. The module examines the responsibilities of organisations to different stakeholder groups and develops an understanding of fundamental ethical principles and ethical dilemmas in organisations across different job roles.
The module also aims to explore the role of information technology (IT) in sustainability governance, a range of ethical questions that arise from the use of IT in business, and how IT can support organisations’ sustainability strategies.