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LUBS2580 Contemporary Human Resource Management

20 creditsClass Size: 61

Module manager: Alan Roe
Email: busaroe@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will provide you with a foundation in the theory and practice of HRM, allowing you to engage critically with developments in the world of work. It begins with an exploration of HRM and the various theoretical perspectives for examining work combined with exploring the practical implementation of HRM in the workplace.

Objectives

Through this module students will learn and understand the basic principles of human resource management and practices of the human resource function of businesses. By the end of the module students should understand the core debates and research relevant to basic HRM practices.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:

(i) Discuss and appraise the implementation of key concepts, theories and models pertaining to HRM in contemporary organisations;
(ii) describe and evaluate research evidence supporting different HR policies and their effectiveness;
(iii) critically assess the main theoretical models of HRM;
(iv) evaluate practical application of contemporary HRM policies in different functional areas;
(v) explain the imbalance of power between employees and employers in contemporary organisations

Skills outcomes
- Analytical skills
- Practical skills in human resource management
- Critical thinking
- Research based learning
- Ethical awareness
- Social and cultural sensitivity


Syllabus

1- The employment relationship and HRM
2- Employee Involvement
3- Skills and Training
4- Equality and Diversity
5- Low Pay and the Minimum Wage
6- Service Work
7- The Retail Sector
8- International HRM
9- HRM in Boom and Bust
10- Module review and revision

(note: there may be minor changes in the topics each year to fit current developments in the field and staff availability).

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture111.0011.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours179.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will be expected to read around lecture topics and will also be set material to prepare for seminars.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored informally during seminars where all students will be expected to participate in discussing topics as well as leading group discussions themselves. Summative assessment at the end of the module will take the form of an examination.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1500 word essay40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 2 hour examination.


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Unseen exam 2 hr 60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 2 hour examination.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/10/2021

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