MSc Human Resource Management (International Development) / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course unit details:
Human Resource Practice 2

Unit code MGDI70432
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Global Development Institute
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


The unit provides opportunity to review theoretical and operational aspects of Human Resource Management practices. We will review different approaches to understanding the choice , implementation and impacts of HR practices  paying particular attention to organizations operating in developing or emerging economies. We will explore the following themes


Foundations for Understanding HR Practice

International HRM

Staffing International Assignments

Global Talent Management

Managing People through Cross Border Merger and Acquisition

Ethical HRM 1 : Gender and Diversity

Ethical HRM 2. Work-Life Balance

Module Review and Assignment Briefing


The HRP2 unit aims:

The HRP 2 Unit provides an opportunity for students to critically evaluate key HR practice areas and further explore relevant issues regarding the effective implementation of HR procedures in a variety of different International Development contexts.


The HRP 2 Unit aims to provide the students with a practical overview of the key areas of Human Resource (HR) practice at the organisation level, providing an opportunity to develop a critical awareness of the possibilities and problems of selecting and implementing a variety of Human Resource Management (HRM) techniques.  Students will be able to explain the significance of HRM Practices for organisations especially in the context of international development. The module reviews the contribution HRM policy and practice can make to organizational/employee outcomes in various occupations and sectors with an international development focus. Sessions consider different facets of International HRM and explore the contribution of HRM to issues such as gender, diversity and work-life balance especially in the context of developing countries.


Learning outcomes

Category of outcome

Students will be able to:


Knowledge and understanding

1.       Explain the process and activities included in HR Practices. They should be able to comprehend the significance of HRM and HR Practices for organisations; especially in the context of developing countries. ( Review of theoretical framework)


Intellectual skills

2.       Analyse a contemporary people management issue  with reference to relevant theory through consideration of case studies and published research (Review of Case study)


Practical skills

3.       Work as a team in a Tutorial group presentation and project as this is a part of the learning process. They should be able to work in a team. (Group work)


Transferable skills and personal qualities


4.       Critical thinking, self-awareness and an ability to take responsibility for their own learning.

5.       Carrying out the information management skill, evaluation and analysis of different kinds of conceptual evidence.

6.       Presentation of information and arguments in oral and written formats.


Teaching and learning methods

The course is designed to provide 7 lectures and 3 x 2 hr Tutorial Workshops in total. Each lecture allows the study fellows to review of theoretical frameworks related to different HR practices.
The lectures will be conducted with the requirement of students’ discussion and be proactive in the learning process. The tutorial activities allow students to engage in both personal and group learning. The students are required to undertake directed study and other reflective activities prior to attending workshops and will be expected to fully participate in group activities.   Students will work as a team,  preparing a  group presentation as part of their Tutorial based learning.


Students are required to access their blackboard and read the suggested journal articles or other materials in order to discuss about that particular topic in the class room. The articles will be provided in form of web link  at least one week prior to the class on the BlackBoard. These processes also allow students to engage with their self-learning and develop study skills for research associated with the assignment.   


Assessment methods

Assessment task


How and when feedback is provided

Weighting within unit (if relevant)


Guided group work  and Group Presentation
[Learning Outcome 3]



2hrs Tutorial Activity

The feedback is provided by the tutor during the session




Assignment Support
Assignment Support Non-assessed: Students prepare an outline /essay plan of their chosen HRP2 theme. Students also have the opportunity to review samples of HRP2 work from previous years


One page (A4)

The feedback  on student  essay plans is provided in tutorial class


Academic Essay

[Learning Outcomes 1-2 and 4-6]


Submitted via Turnitin Tuesday 08 May 2018

3,500 words

The feedback is provided 15 working days after the due date of the submission.



Recommended reading

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


Boxall, P., Purcell, J. & Wright, P. (eds.) (2010) The Oxford Handbook of Human Resource Management, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Bratton, J. and Gold, J. (2012) Human Resource Management. Theory and Practice. (5th Edition) Basingstoke, Palgrave.

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.

Harzing, A-W. & Pinnington, A. (eds.) (2015)  International Human Resource Management, London, ( 4th Edition) UK: SAGE Publication Ltd.

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

Wilkinson, A. And Redman, T. (2013). Contemporary Human Resource Management: Text and Cases, (4th Edition)  Essex, England, Pearson Education Limited.


Recommended Journals /Articles

European Journal of Industrial Relations, Harvard Business Review; Human Relations, International Human Resource Management Journal; Journal of Management Studies, Journal of World Business, Management Learning; Organization Studies; Work, Employment and Society.

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Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Independent study hours
Independent study 128

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Shirley Jenner Unit coordinator

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