MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Human Resource Practice 1

Course unit fact file
Unit code MGDI70661
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


The course unit provides you with academic and practical understanding of Human Resource Practice. You will follow a curriculum which is based on employee life-cycle starting from resourcing through to human resource development, performance and reward management. You will also acquaint yourself with the HR policies that guide the implementation of HR activities


The course aims to provide the students with a theoretical and practical overview of the key areas of Human Resource (HR) practices in organisations. The course focuses on developing a critical/ academic awareness of the conceptualization and implementation of HR policy and practice, especially in the context of international development. Lectures and Tutorials explore the possibilities and problems of using HR techniques and, where possible identifying good practice in organisations in different countries. It also expects to widen students’ understanding of HRM and HRD Practices in developing countries.  Studying this unit will broaden knowledge of the relationship amongst HRM concepts, policies and practices in various sectors in the society; especially in international development related contexts. 


Learning outcomes

  • Explain the conceptualization of HR policy and practice, especially in the context of international development. (Theoretical concepts)
  • Critically evaluate theory and practice in relation to the implementation of HR in the context of international development. (Case study analysis)
  • Work collaboratively with others to create a HR practice based presentation for a Tutorial based project (Group work).
  • Capacity to think critically, exhibit self-awareness and take responsibility for their own learning.
  • Effectively manage complex information sources, and to review, evaluate and analyse different form of literature and evidence
  • Effectively present arguments in both oral and written formats [Employability]


Week 1: Human Resource planning (3hrs Lecture)

Week 2: Recruitment and selection (3hrs Lecture)

Week 3: Talent Management (3hrs Lecture/tutorials)

Week 4: Strategic HRD  (3hrs Lecture/tutorials)

Week 5: Learning and Development (3hrs Lecture/tutorials)

Week 6: Organizational Learning (3hrs Lecture/tutorials)

Week 7: Performance Management (3hrs Lecture/tutorials)

Week 8: Reward Management (3hrs Lecture/tutorials)

Week 9: HR policies (3hrs Lecture/tutorials)

Week 10: Competency-based HRM  (3hrs Lecture/tutorials)

Teaching and learning methods

The course unit will be delivered through weekly three hours sessions incorporating presentations, small-group work, discussions and presentations during lectures/tutorials.


Employability skills

Oral communication
Effectively present arguments in both oral and written formats.

Assessment methods

One 3500 word assignment, written on a topic of the student’s choice from a list of topics provided by the convenor/instructor. (100%)

Feedback methods

There will be many opportunities for formative feedback during questions and answer session in lectures and tutorials. Summative feedback will be provided on assessed coursework based on 3500 word assignment.

Recommended reading

Armstrong, M. (2017) Armstrong's Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice, London, UK, Kogan Page Limited. 14th Edition.

Briscoe, D. Tarique, I. and  Schuler, R.S (2016) International Human Resource Management (5th Ed.) , Taylor and Francis. 

Edwards, T. & Rees, C. (2017) International Human Resource Management: Globalisation, National Systems and Multinational Companies ( 3rd Ed.) , Essex, UK, Pearson Education Limited.

Stahl, G. K., Björkman, I., & Morris, S. (Eds.). (2012). Handbook of research in international human resource management. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Torrington, D. Hall, L. and Taylor, S, (2014) Human Resource Management, 8th Ed. London: FT Prentice Hall.

Wilkinson, A. and Redman, T. (2017). Contemporary Human Resource Management: Text and Cases, (5th Ed.)  Essex, England, Pearson Education Limited.

Recommended Journals

Below is a list of scholarly peer-reviewed journals. These can provide you with in depth debate and analysis of issues we consider in HRP1.  This is not an exhaustive list. You may find other suitable journals and resources through the library e-journal database.



Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources,

Human Resource Management Journal (UK),

Human Resource Management (USA)

Human Resource Management Review,

Human Relations;

International Journal of Human Resource Management,

Employee Relations;

Human Resource Development International;

Human Resource Development Quarterly;

Human Resource Development Review;

Journal of Management Studies, 

Journal of World Business,

Academy of Management Review;  

Academy of Management Journal;

Harvard Business Review;

Work, Employment and Society

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 120

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Aminu Mamman Unit coordinator

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