Human Resource Policy and Practice

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Mrs Linda Walker NAB4.07 and Dr Dominick Donnelly NAB4.07


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Management and Human Resources. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

Introduces students to the key professional competencies necessary in human resource management and exposes them to practical human resource management systems and issues.

An introduction to the interviewing, negotiating and team-building skills necessary to practice human resource management; later, a series of visits to a company to explore how the HR function works.


50 hours of lectures and 27 hours of seminars in the MT. 8 hours of lectures in the LT.

a. Skills Workshop: ten all-day sessions in the MT (combination of lecture and seminar)

b. For those selected on the Links programme: three additional sessions, one in the MT and one at the beginning and end of the LT.

Indicative reading

Boxall, P.; Purcell, J.; & Wright, P. (2007): The Oxford Handbook of Human Resource Management, Oxford University Press.

Armstrong M Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice latest edition, Kogan Page


If you wish to satisfy the educational requirements of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, then it is essential that you successfully complete and pass the assessment for ID493, as described below. Students must attend the workshops and complete a company report on their 'Link' and keep a record and plan of their Professional Development for the whole year. In addition, there is a group project, which is assessed by a group presentation at the last session of MT. ID493 is not part of your MSc degree, but helps you to satisfy the educational requirements for membership of the CIPD. It is also useful if you wish to explore how theory works in practice. It provides an opportunity to explore further those issues raised in ID410.

Key facts

Department: Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Non-assessed

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication