Not available in 2013/14
Human Resource Management

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Mark Williams NAB4.09


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations. This course is available on the BSc in Accounting and Finance, BSc in Business Mathematics and Statistics and BSc in Management. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.


No prior knowledge of human resource management or a related subject or practical experience is necessary. The course can be studied either before, after or in conjunction with ID200 Organisational Theory and Behaviour

Course content

The course introduces students to the study of human resource management via a multi-disciplinary approach. Topics covered include: HRM strategy; reward systems; international HRM; diversity management; employee involvement. The aims of the course are: (1) To examine the way people are managed at work; (2) To discuss the key social science theory and research relating to HRM; (3) To explore the main managerial problems in designing strategies and policies; (4) To measure the effects of human resource management on outcomes such as company performance and worker attitudes.


10 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students are required to write two essays and make occasional group presentations throughout the year. It is essential that students come to classes prepared and participate fully.

Indicative reading

There is no one textbook covering the range of the material presented but there are some useful introductions and we recommend that you purchase: J Baron & D Kreps, Strategic Human Resources: Frameworks for General Managers, Wiley, 1999.


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour

Total students 2012/13: 35

Average class size 2012/13: 13

Value: One Unit

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