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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ELU3006 Language for Human Resource Management

Module manager: Jeremy Bradford

Taught: 1 Jul to 15 Sep (2.5mth) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is an English language content-based pre-sessional designed to support students who either do not meet the English language requirements for their chosen post-graduate programme or who wish to gain a better understanding of the academic language and literacy practices in their area of study.The module is taught in partnership between academics from both the University of Leeds Language Centre and from the Business School, allowing the learning of language to be integrated and built around key content areas, and students to develop a deeper understanding of how knowledge and theory are communicated in their own subject. This module will help students develop the language skills, knowledge and understanding required for postgraduate study in the field of Human Resource Management. Students will study subject specific content to help them develop their language competence and ability to communicate at an appropriate academic level within their chosen field of study. Students will work on understanding this content and language through a series of classes and seminars. They will have the chance to work both individually and with others. The final assessments will be an extended essay, group presentation and reflective task.


This module provides students with the opportunity to:

1. Meet the language requirements of their future academic programme;
2. Display linguistic and literacy skills to a level that will enable them to communicate competently within their discipline specific academic context at post-graduate level;
3. Develop an awareness and understanding of the culture, context and discourse of academic study in the field of human resource management;
4. Develop as autonomous, reflective learners, with a cultural awareness and understanding of ethical academic practices.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students should have begun to develop:

1. a use of written and spoken academic language to suit a clear communicative purpose, including having a wide lexical resource, a range of appropriate structures and the ability to use these coherently, accurately and fluently [MO1];
2. an awareness of subject specific genre, discourse and rhetorical function; making appropriate choices in relation to audience and purpose at whole text, paragraph and sentence level [MO2];
3. an ability to follow subject specific academic conventions in both spoken and written tasks, such as referencing, citations, synthesising sources and their own argument, meeting task requirements, turn taking and building collaborative understanding [MO3];
4. a critical approach to their own work and the work of others through use of a range of sources, counter-argument and/ or evaluation; development of an argument with a clear position [MO3];
5. an ability to critically reflect on their own learning and demonstrate awareness of resources and techniques they could employ to continue their own development [MO4];
6. an ability to communicate an awareness of the cultural and ethical issues of academic study within the field of Human Resource Management [MO4].


There will be one main theme of rhetoric and reality of human resource management. Lectures will introduce the concept of human resource management, strategic human resource management and delivering human resource management. Students will be provided with an overview of the human resource management system and helped to develop their understanding of the functions of human resource management.

The following aspects of academic English will be interwoven into the above:

Reading business texts in a range of genres
Reading skills and strategies
Genre analysis
Lecture skills
Exam skills and strategies
Writing academic texts
Seminar skills
Presentation skills
Research skills
Introduction to analysing business environments using models and frameworks
Lexis for Human Resource Management
Independent language learning strategies
Reflection and independent learning strategies

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning302.0060.00
Private study hours179.00
Total Contact hours71.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)250.00

Private study

This is a full-time course. On average students will have 16 hours of tuition per week, however, this may vary each week. You will also be expected to do up to an additional 19 hours or more of independent study each week.

Private study- Students will be given specific tasks to carry out between sessions as well as assessment tasks.

Independent learning- research through the library and internet in preparation for assessments, including reflective activities, and autonomous language development based on self-identified weaknesses.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored through:

- Checking, and formative feedback of, students’ weekly performance on tasks, presentations and seminar participation.
- Checking, assessing and giving feedback on students’ progress with weekly written tasks.
- In class informal observation by teachers on students use of language and level of engagement.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,500 words50.00
Presentation15-20 minute group presentation30.00
Reflective log500 words20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally, further attempts are offered for students who need to progress and who either do not meet the required, level of attainment or reach the required overall level but do not reach the required on more than one assessment component.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 31/05/2022


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