MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development (Distance Learning)

Year of entry: 2023

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Course unit details:
Human Resource Practice

Course unit fact file
Unit code MGDI70060
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



1. Human Resource Planning
2. Resourcing
3. Performance
4. Employee Relations
5. Reward
6. Job Reduction
7. Emerging Issues
8. Decentralizing HR practice


' To provide a practical overview of the key areas of human resource (HR) practice at organization level.

- To develop a critical awareness of the possibilities and problems of using HR techniques and 'best practice' in organizations in specific countries.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course unit students should be able to:

- Outline a range of HR/Personnel activities and specify how they are designed and used.

- Analyse the specific context in which HR practice takes place in organizations.

- Adapt generic HR techniques for use in different settings.

Teaching and learning methods

Distance Learning Mode including weekly online tutorials

Assessment methods

One 3,500 word essay (90%)

Tutorial participation (max 10%)

  • Student must engage with minimum of 4/8 tutorials, including at least 1 synchronous tutorial  (5%)
  • Student must engage with minimum of 6/8 tutorials, including at least 1 synchronous tutorial (10%)

Re-sit Assessment: One 3,500 word essay (100%)

Recommended reading

Course unit textbook

Torrington, D., L. Hall and S. Taylor (2008) Human Resource Management, (seventh edition) Prentice Hall.

Additional notes

MGDI Programmes on which course unit is offered:
MSc Human Resource Management and Development (via Distance Learning) and MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development (via Distance Learning)

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