Module code: MANM463

Module Overview

On completion of this module learners will have a deep and systematic understanding of different theoretical models of all aspects of Strategic Human Resource Management. Learners will be able to compare and evaluate different methodologies and approaches to the strategic management of human resources. Learners will be able incorporate a due consideration of ethical dilemmas in their practice and use their judgement to resolve conflict and communicate the need for effective human resource management practices.

Module provider

Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management

Module Leader

WATSON Jacqueline (Hosp & Tour)

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 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

All participants must meet the entry criteria for the Programme.

Module content

Indicative content includes (Apprentice Learning Outcomes):

  • Overview of strategic Human Resource Management include strategic HRM (PDF1)

  • High performance culture (PDF1) • Workforce planning (PDF2)

  • Talent management and succession planning (PDF2, PSE3)

  • Diversity and inclusion (PDF2, PDG4)

  • Professional development, including Continuous Professional Development (PSE1, PSE3)

  • UK employment law and regulatory compliance (PDG1, PDG3)

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Individual report 90
Coursework E-portfolio 10

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide learners with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to critically evaluate the efficacy of the approach to managing human resources in their own organisation. Assessment will need to demonstrate how the learners have Incorporated elements of the latest academic thinking into their critical appraisal of current practice in their own organisation.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Individual Report 90%

Learners will be required to produce a business report of 2,500 words outlining the impact of their companies approach to a specific element of human resource management (workforce planning, talent management and succession planning, professional development etc). Learners will need to be selective in terms of both the topic to cover and the associated impact assessment of this topic. Learners will be required to evidenve how the application of their current organisation’s policy maps to the latest academic thinking in their chosen topic area.

Individual learning journal / e-portfolio – 10% of marks

Learners will be required to reflect on the application of learning in the workplace. Learners will be required to draft and deliver a short, 1,000 word, reflection note on what they are going to do differently as a senior leader as a result of studying this module.

Formative assessment

Learners will be required to choose the area of focus for their Individual report and draft a short outline of the rationale for choosing this topic and also anticipated issues with regard to the specific topic.


Learners will be required to contribute to online discussions pertaining to the key topics covered in the module. Discussions will be summarised by the tutors outlining examples of clear links between theory and practice and highlighting wider considerations in relation to the topics and discussions. Learners will also receive written feedback on their final submission within the University’s three week deadline.

Module aims

  • This module aims to enable learners to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the full range of activities that are covered by a strategic and integrated approach to human resource management. The module will provide a theoretical framework for learners to consider in the context of their own organisations’ people strategy, policies and processes. Drawing on the latest academic research, and pioneering approaches in professional practice, learners should be equipped to develop their own management skills in the context of effective human resource management.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 In-depth understanding of the different elements of strategic human resource management KC
002 Critically evaluate how the latest academic research into human resource management is being applied in practice KCT
003 Knowledge and skills to manage ethical dilemmas in the workplace and provide them with confidence in their ability to manage ambiguous situations KP
004 Appraise and critically evaluate their own professional practice in applying effective human resource management strategies CP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 100

Lecture Hours: 10

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide learners with the opportunity to engage with the theoretical concepts that underpin the effective application of strategic human resource management within their own organisation. Learners will be required to adopt a critical approach to analysing the relevance and application of current theories to their own organisation.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures and online webinars to explain key theoretical concepts and models

  • Online group discussions and forums to share experiences and learnings across different operational contexts

  • Independent research and analysis of application HRM practices in the learners own organisation

  • Online guided study activities through SurreyLearn

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.

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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.