Developing Academic & Professional Skills
This unit introduces students to key skills designed to build their professionalism. It encourages students to develop their self-awareness and to think about how they appear to other people. It explores theories and practices of team working in order to develop skills in these areas.
Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
The purpose of this unit is to examine the influence and impact that individuals, groups and organisational structure have on human behaviour in the work environment. The unit also examines the implications of human behaviour on job structure, performance, communication, motivation, leadership, decision-making, well-being etc. for applying such knowledge toward improving organisational effectiveness.
Learning and Development
This unit will contextualise Learning and Development within debates about how the HR function can add value to organisational performance. Students will examine theories of and approaches to national HRD and critically analyse different types of HRD interventions, including the use of technology. The unit will discuss links between HRD and talent management and explore the implications of different national and cultural contexts for HRD policies and practices.
Introduction to HRM
Brief Summary: This unit reviews the evolution of HRM and introduces students to the key underpinning theories. It explores the employee life cycle including recruitment and selection, development, reward and recognition, performance management, wellbeing, engagement, diversity and inclusion, conflict and departures. The unit highlights various influences both internal and external to the organisation, which shape HR policies and practices, such as labour markets, CSR, political environment and the legal framework and their implications on workforce planning.
Working in a Digital Era
The unit aims to review the digital context for work and its implications for managers. It explores how technology is used in the management of people and resources. It critically analyses how technology provides opportunities for collaborative working along with the strengths and limitations of technology for people and organisations, including ethical considerations.
Working in HR
This unit examines the role and structure of the HR function and explores how the HR function interacts with other functions within organisations (Finance, Marketing, Ops). It develops wider business skills such as financial literacy, business planning and supplier management as well as key operational skills such as team working and facilitation and the importance of professionalism and ethics.
This unit discusses the importance and contribution of HR metrics. It supports students in developing capability to report on the following key People data using descriptive statistics: Number of employees per HR staff member, labour turnover, absence rate, absence costs, annual leave, pay awards, graduate starting salaries. The unit discusses the strengths and limitations of employee survey designs (considering ethical issues regarding collecting and storing employee data).
Managing People in a Contemporary Economy
The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the wider world of work. It introduces students to tools for analysing the external environment (e.g. PESTLE, SWOT etc.) in order for them to understand how social-economic factors influences organisational and HR strategies. It examines features of the contemporary economy such as labour markets, changes in workforce demographics, changing composition of the economy (rise in service and knowledge work, decline of manufacturing) and the global economy. It explores the implications of specific contexts of the contemporary economy for managing people; for example, service workers, knowledge workers, precarious workers, an international workforce, social care, and differences in public/private sector work.