Module code: MANM016

Module Overview

Management of Human Resources is a core module for a range of MSc programmes provided by the Surrey Business School, and is intended to provide a firm basic grounding in the “people management” aspects of managerial roles. The syllabus draws together key concepts from the disciplines of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management to provide an integrated overview of the essential issues.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: N600

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Human resource management in context

  • The psychological contract

  • Organisational culture

  • Organisational structure

  • Personality and perception

  • Group dynamics and team working

  • Leadership, power and authority

  • Employee motivation

  • Job satisfaction

  • Performance management

  • Rewarding employees

  • Management functions and competences

  • Employee resourcing

  • Recruitment and selection

  • Human resource development

  • The learning organisation

  • Management of change

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to apply theoretical perspectives of HR management and organisational behaviour to real life organisational practices through undertaking an assignment and an exam.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • The assignment contributes 50% towards the module mark, and requires students to research and identify the practical implications of key theories and findings; and to demonstrate their critical thinking skills and the articulation of complex ideas in writing.

  • The exam contributes 50% towards the overall module mark. The exam at the end of the semester will test students’ knowledge and understanding of the module concepts by requiring them to relate the theoretical concepts to real-world organisational practices.

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will be given formative feedback in lectures through a variety of interactive activities and 1:1 meetings with the module convener. These will involve discussions with students and review of lecture content to check their level of understanding and provide feedback. Additionally, an exam preparation session will be delivered at the final lecture of the semester, aimed at recapitulating the entire module content and helping students to prepare for the exam.

Module aims

  • To provide the students with a sound conceptual framework for the management of human resources within the organization
  • For students to acquire the necessary understanding for applying basic HR principles and policies to the HR function
  • To provide understanding of the role and function of HR within the broader context
  • To provide understanding of the link between corporate and functional (HR) strategies

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts and models of the management of human resources. KC
2 Demonstrate the ability to apply theoretical knowledge concerning managing people in the workplace to organisational problems and practices, and identify practical solutions and implications. KPT
3 Recognise the realities of leading and managing people separately and collectively, and be able to apply this knowledge and understanding in real life organisational situations. CP
4 Show the ability to think critically about the ways in which HR strategy can be applied to overall corporate strategy. KCPT
5 Critically evaluate and discuss factors and processes that influence the management of human resources and select appropriate approaches for best practice. KPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Expose students to a range of delivery methods in a blended approach which will include both formal classroom teaching and self-directed study to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the assessment criteria outlined above.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Three-hour lectures to illustrate the theory, integrating interactive sessions and discussions, which will demonstrate the practical application of such theory. Lecture notes, PowerPoint presentations and additional resources will be made available in SurreyLearn.

Total student learning time is as follows:





Interactive sessions


Directed learning


Self-directed learning





Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Business Management MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Business Management (Entrepreneurship) MBus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Business Management (HRM) MBus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Human Resources Management MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Business and Retail Management MBus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Business Management MBus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.