MSc Human Resource Management (International Development) / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course unit details:
Human Resource Management: Concepts and Contexts

Unit code MGDI70191
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? No

Overview

This unit provides you with critical understanding of the nature of HRM and the conditions which enables the applications of HRM concepts, values, practices and its varying contexts of application. You will appreciate the challenges associated with the transferability of management practices across organizations, sectors and cultures. 

Aims

This course unit aims to a critical understanding of the nature of HRM in terms of its concepts, values, practices and its varying contexts of application.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course unit, participants will be able to demonstrate:

1.     Critical understanding of the nature of HRM in terms of its emergence, philosophy and values

2.     Knowledge of various theories and models of managing people

3.     Critical understanding of the applicability of theories and models in different organizational, cultural and institutional contexts

Ability to provide line managers with advice on how modify and implement models of HRM to fit with different contexts

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.

Knowledge and understanding

Explain the key concepts underpinning HRM in the context of international development. (Theoretical concepts)

Intellectual skills

Critically evaluate HRM models and concepts in relation to the implementation of HR in the context of international development. (analytical skills)

Practical skills

Work with fellow students to discuss the applicability of HRM models in international contexts (Group work).

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Capacity to think critically and take responsibility for own learning.
  • Effectively manage complex information sources, and to review, evaluate and analyze different form of literature and evidences
  • Effectively present arguments in both oral and written formats 

Employability skills

Other
Capacity to think critically and take responsibility for own learning. Effectively manage complex information sources, and to review, evaluate and analyze different form of literature and evidences 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 3000 word assignment.

Recommended reading

Armstrong, M (2006 0r 2008). Strategic Human Resource Management: A guide to action. Kogan Page. London

Boxall, P and Purcell, J (2011). Strategy and human resource management. 3rd Edition.

Legge, K (1995). Human Resource Management: Rhetoric and Reality

Legge, K (2005). Human Resource Management: Rhetoric and Reality

Storey, J (ed.). (2001) or (2006). Human Resource Management: A critical Text. Thompson Learning. London

Kanungo, R.N (ed.). (1995). Employee Management in Developing Countries. JAI Press. London.

 Koen, C.I (2005). Comaparative International Management. London: McGraw-Hill

Journals:

International Journal of Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management Journal

Journal of Human Resource Management

Journal of Management Studies

Organisation Studies

Academy of Management Review

Academy of Management Journal

Organisational Dynamics

Human Relations

British Journal of Industrial Relations

Journal of Industrial Relations

Industrial Relations Journal

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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