- Academic Registry
Programme & Unit Catalogues

MN50174: Human resource management

[Page last updated: 18 October 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 20%, EX 80%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 20%)
  • Examination (EX 80%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: Students will be introduced to the concepts and theories of human resource management (HRM) and explore contemporary policy developments and management practice from the perspective of the organisation and the employee.

Learning Outcomes: After completing this unit the student will be able to:
* Understand what is meant by Strategic Human Resource Management;
* Understand the contribution of HRM to organisational performance;
* Identify and understand the core elements of HRM practice;
* Describe and analyse both content and context for these sets of HR practices;
* Apply HR models to various sectors;
* Critically assess the value of theoretical HRM models.

Skills: Key skills:
* Understanding of theory and practice and critical debates (taught and assessed)
* Use theory to analyse case studies (taught and facilitated)
* Application of concepts and models to practical situations (taught and facilitated).

Content: Key topics covered include: strategic HRM - development and main models; analysing the links between HRM and organisational performance; external and internal resourcing; training, development and talent management; performance management,; remuneration and reward; employee engagement. Although the course will focus on HRM from a UK perspective, aspects of international and comparative HRM will be introduced throughout the course.

Programme availability:

MN50174 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management


  • This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2021/22 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2022/23 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2021/22.
  • Programmes and units are subject to change in accordance with normal University procedures.
  • Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.
  • Find out more about these and other important University terms and conditions here.