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MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Information Technologies and Human Resources

Unit code MGDI70831
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
Offered by Global Development Institute
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


Understanding how to strategically use and manage IT to support human resource development activities in a range of business and organisational context has become an increasingly important facet of change and development.


- Help participant understand what a human resource information system (HRIS) is
- Appreciate some of the key issues underlying the design and use of HRIS including systems thinking, learning and training, knowledge management, employee self-service and e-HR
- Understand how to strategically use and manage IT to support human resource management and development activities in organisations

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
- Appreciate the various different ways in which information technology relates to human resources, given the increasing inter-relationship between these two at work in an organisational context.

Intellectual skills
- Critical, Analytical, Synthesising, Research and Problem-Solving skills

Practical skills
- Knowledge and understanding of some basic to more sophisticated HRIS and EHRM applications

Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Communication, Teamwork, Initiative, Organisation and Planning skills

Teaching and learning methods

Participants will be expected to undertake preliminary reading prior to lectures. Tutor lead sessions will consolidate this information with a mix of standard lectures coupled with learner centred in-class discussion and case analysis. You will be expected to demonstrate a certain independence in your study by research which encompasses texts beyond those advised by the tutor.

In addition to visits from guest speakers/practitioners, blended learning utilising the virtual learning environment (VLE) will provide weekly session delivery materials such as links to relevant journals, texts, websites and videos to be available for download. The materials provided in the VLE will support the topic for that particular week and provide re-enforcement of the theoretical concepts developed during the lecture in a progressive pattern, aimed at developing knowledge and overall understanding

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 65%
Oral assessment/presentation 35%

Feedback methods

Formative feedback to and from students

Summative feedback to students

Recommended reading

' Dixon, N. (2000), Common Knowledge: how companies thrive by sharing what they know, Harvard Business School Press, Boston.
- Martin, G., Reddington, M. and Alexander, H. (2008), Technology, Outsourcing and Transforming HR: Advanced HR practitioner, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford.
- Haesli, A. and Boxall, P. (2005), When knowledge management meets HR strategy: an exploration of personalization-retention and codification-recruitment configurations. Int. Journal of Human Resource Management, 16 (11), 1955-1975.
- Hendrickson, A. R. (2004), Human resource information systems: Backbone technology of contemporary human resources, Journal of Labor Research, 24 (3), 381-394
- Newell, S. Roberston. M., Scarbrough H. and Swan, J. (2009), Managing Knowledge Work and Innovation, 2nd ed., Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire.
- Ruël, H., Bondarouk, T. and Looise, J.K. (2004), E-HRM: innovation or irritation, Management Review, 15 (3), 364-380.
- Sleezer, C.M., Wemtling, T.L. and Guide, R.L. (2002), Human resource development and information technology - making global connections, Kluwer Academic Publishers Group, Norwell, MA.
- Teo, T. S. H., Soon, L. G. and Fedric, S. A. (2001), Adoption and Impact of Human Resource Information Systems, Research and Practice in Human Resource Management, 9 (1), 101-117.
- Torres-Coronas, T. and Arias-Oliva, Mario (2005), E-human resources management: managing knowledge people, Idea Group Publication.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 27
Seminars 3
Independent study hours
Independent study 120

Additional notes

Pre-requisite units : No prerequisites, but basic understanding of MS Office, MS Excel and Access would be useful

Semester 1 (weeks 1-5, 7-11)
Wednesday, 09:00-12:00

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