BA Management, Leadership and Leisure

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Contemporary Human Resources Management

Course unit fact file
Unit code EDUC20231
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 5
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Education
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


The course unit will introduce the following content areas

Organisational structure and design

  • Managing Employee Expectations
  • Competing for People
  • Engaging People
  • Managing Knowledge and Learning
  • Managing an International Workforce
  • Managing Organisational Flexibility and Change


This unit aims to:

  • introduce students to key HR concepts and how they are managed within organisations.
  • complement other taught modules in preparation for further study in Year 3.


Learning outcomes


Teaching and learning methods

up to 24 x 2 hour lectures/seminars supported by individual or group tutorials

Knowledge and understanding

  • Knowledge and understanding of HR theory and practice related to people and organisations.

Intellectual skills

  • Critical analysis and understanding of theory
  • Research of relevant organisational HRM materials
  • Construction of argument

Practical skills

  • Understand the HRM Practices in the business world
  • Implement HR theory into practice
  • Develop best fit HRM strategies to meet contemporary challenges  

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Group working
  • Communication skills
  • Presentation skills

Assessment methods

Assessment task Length Weighting

One individual written assignment 

2,500 words



Recommended reading


Taylor, S. (2011) Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management CIPD



Resources available (online) at CIPD.



Beardwell, I. & Claydon, T. (2007) Human Resource Management: a contemporary approach. 5th ed. Harlow: FT Prentice Hall


Griffin, R.W., and Pustay, M. (2014) International Business Global Edition. Pearson



Kelly, P. (2009) International Business and Management. Cengage



Rees, G. & Smith, Paul, E. (2017) Strategic Human Resource Management, 2nd ed., Sage


Currie, D. (2006) Introduction to human resource management: a guide to personnel in practice. London. CIPD


Fiedler, R. (2006) How to … unlock discretionary effort. People Management Vol12, No 20. pp44-45


Foot, M., Jenkins, A., and Hook, C., (2015) Introducing Human Resource Management. Pearson



Leatherbarrow, C., and Fletcher, J., (2014) Introduction to Human Resource Management: A Guide to HR in Practice.  London: CIPD



Maund, L. (2001) An introduction to human resource management: theory and practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave.



Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Seminars 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 52

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Boran Li Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Activity Hours Allocated
Staff/Student Contact 24
Tutorials 0
Private Study 24
Directed Reading 16
Assignment Preparation 36
Total Hours 100


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