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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MANM267 Module Title: MANAGING HUMAN RESOURCES
Module Provider: School of Management Short Name: MANM267
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: GOSS D Prof (SoM)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern


Unit(s) of Assessment




Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)


Group poster








Examination 2 hours








Qualifying Condition(s) 




Must obtain 50% overall to pass module.




Module Overview

 The rationale for this module is:

 to enable students critically to evaluate approaches used in the management of people in organisational settings, providing them with a basis to assess the likely utility of the human dimension of a broader set of management practices



Module Aims

 This module aims to:

 ·                provide a basic understanding of drivers and constraints of human action within organisations

 ·                provide an introduction to the major practices and policies used in the management of people

 ·                encourage a critical evaluation of these practices from a range of stakeholder and disciplinary perspectives

 ·                raise awareness of the significance of issues such as change, globalisation, CSR and ethics for the management of people.









Learning Outcomes

 On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

 ·                Identify and appreciate the practical implications of the theoretical and normative assumptions underpinning approaches to human action in organisations;

 ·                Critically evaluate the theoretical robustness and likely practical utility of different approaches to the management of people in organisations; demonstrate reasoned but flexible judgement in the use and development of models and frameworks for action;

 ·                Demonstrate the ability to present complex, theoretically informed, ideas in a clear and engaging way; work as a team member to resolve multi-dimensional problems; undertake secondary research into a relevant management problem.

 ·                     Communication; problem solving; team working; critical thinking.








Module Content

 ·                The nature of organisation: structure and context

 ·                Organisational culture(s) and change

 ·                Individual factors and organisational behaviour (motivation, personality, emotion, leadership, groups)

 ·                Power, conflict, ethics and CSR.

 ·                     HRM policy and practice (strategic HR, comparative HRM, performance management, assessment, HRD, diversity).








Methods of Teaching/Learning

 Teaching and Learning Strategy

 Combination of lecture, discussion, case studies and group presentations.

 Assessment Strategy

 Group poster: requiring independent research, team working and creative communication

 Exam: combination of short answers and essay; two-hour closed book.









Selected Texts/Journals

 Essential Readings

 Bespoke compendium (yet to be produced)

 Recommended Readings

 Gilmore, S. and Williams, S. (eds.) (2009) HRM, OUP.

 Grey, C. (2007) A Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Studying

 Organizations, London , Sage.

 Supporting Readings

 Legge, K. (2000) HRM: Rhetorics and Realities, Macmillan.

 Morgan, G. (2006) Images of Organization, London , Sage.

 Specified research papers and practitioner journals.


























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