Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management

Year: 2018-19
Course code: MGT4006
Course credits: 30
Taught: Semesters 1 and 2
Course co-ordinator
: Scott Hurrell
Entry requirements: Normally admission to an honours programme in Business & Management
Available to visiting students: Yes 
Contact for more informationCherisse McLaren

Course description

This course aims to provide students with an advanced understanding of up to date research based knowledge concerning Human Resource Management practice and the analytical skills to implement HR practices in organisations.


The aim of this course is:

  1. To provide students with advanced up-to-date, research-based knowledge concerning HRM and discuss the impact of HRM practices on organisations and individuals.
  2. To enable students to critically assess HRM and HRM practices and apply this assessment to the implementation of HRM in organisations.
  3. To acquaint students with the personal skills and competencies required to be an effective HR practitioner, alongside a working knowledge of some key elements of law affecting individuals at work.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. To illustrate how and why organisations might adopt a strategic approach towards human resource management and what may influence this.
  2. To explain and critically evaluate the potential relationship between organisational performance and human resource management.
  3. To critically assess some of the controversies surrounding the role and influence of human resource management.
  4. To identify and critically analyse key contemporary human resource management practices and apply this understanding to the effective application of human resource management in organisations.
  5. To critically analyse the impact that key human resource management practices may have on individuals in organisations and the role of HRM in contributing to workers’ wellbeing.
  6. To demonstrate a working knowledge of key elements of the law affecting individuals at work.
  7. To recognise some of the key skills and competencies needed to be an HR practitioner. 

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures: 2hrs x 21 weeks

Please refer to MyCampus for timetable.

Course texts

Because of the nature of the course there is no set text book and key readings are made available through an electronic reading list containing journal articles and e-books. The following , however, is an excellent book which covers many topics covered on the course. Purchase is not essential and the book can also be accessed through the library as an e-book:

Redman, T. and Wilkinson A. (eds). (2013) Contemporary Human Resource Management: Text and Cases, Harlow: Pearson.

Other general recommended texts are:

Boxall, P. and Purcell, J. (2011) Strategy and Human Resource Management, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 3rd edition (especially for the early part of the course on strategy).

Beardwell, J. and Thompson, A. (2014) Human Resource Management: A Contemporary Approach, Harlow: Pearson. 7th edition) (See also earlier editions edited by Beardwell and Claydon).

Bratton, J. & Gold J. (2012) Human Resource Management: theory and practice, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 5th edition.




Word Length/Duration

Assignment 1


2500 – 3000 words

Assignment 2


1,000 words



120 minutes