Employment Resourcing, Relations and Law
This unit provides comprehensive coverage of the key strategic HR activities of resourcing and managing employment relationships within a legally compliant framework. You will apply theoretical frameworks and employment law to critically evaluate contemporary practices.
Leading, Managing and Developing People
This unit provides a critical evaluation of research and debate in the fields of HRM and HRD. The theoretical foundations of leading, managing and developing people are examined. In particular, the unit will consider the nature, scope and impact of HRM, the theory and practice of leading and managing people at work, and finally will look at the field of learning and development.
Human Resources in Context
This unit develops major internal and external contextual issues that shape decision making in business and in HRM.
Firstly, the unit aims to introduce you to the major external environmental trends that shape both HR practice in organisations as well as decision-making at the strategic level. These include increased competitive intensity, major labour market developments and government policy. Particular emphasis is placed on globalisation and the role of international business.
Secondly, the unit introduces you to principal developments in the internal business environment, in particular key contemporary developments in finance, marketing and operations management. Their implications for the HR function are explained and debated.
Finally the unit focuses on the response of organisations, both now and in the future, to the environmental developments outlined. Particular emphasis here is placed on longer-term strategic responses in the HR field. The unit will draw on the Business School's 'Principles of Responsible Management'.
Developing Skills for Business Leadership
This unit aims to equip you with management, leadership and HR professional skills to support your continuing professional development. The unit is structured around three broad themes as follows: Self-awareness and Development; Managing and Developing Others; and Specialist HR Skills.
Research Methods in Human Resource Management
This unit enables you to develop the skills required to identify and investigate HR issues in order to stimulate and support improvements to organisations strategies and practices and to people's working lives.
You will be required to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue. Supported by a dissertation supervisor, you then produce a substantial written document of your findings, achievements and conclusions. You will make practical recommendations and provide an implementation plan. Students write a reflective account of what has been learned during the project and how this can be applied to personal development and practice in the future.
Likely Optional Units
Business Psychology in Action
This unit will explore the use of psychology to achieve a more productive and satisfying workplace, and develop your understanding of the psychological tools and resources available to you as a manager.
Performance and Reward
This unit provides comprehensive coverage of the key strategic HR activities of managing performance and reward. You will apply theoretical frameworks to evaluate contemporary practice in both areas. Indicative content may include: HR Strategy; Performance Management; Performance Appraisal; Discipline; 360 degree feedback; Personal Development Planning; Reward Strategies; Pay; Job Evaluation; Performance-Related Pay; Incentives; Benefits; Total Reward; The Business Context for Performance and Reward Management; Performance and Reward in a Global Context.
Strategic Learning, Coaching and Talent Development
This unit investigates the contribution strategic learning and coaching policy and practice make to organisational and individual performance. The unit is based around two themes of learning: Strategic Talent and Human Development, and, Coaching and Mentoring.