Module code: MAN3190

Module Overview

This module builds on the learners existing knowledge and skills to explore a range of cutting-edge issues in human resource management and human resource development.

The content reflects contemporary themes and priorities. It is likely to include contributions from staff and/or invited speakers that are based on relevant special interests informed by research and/or professional engagement.

There is a cohering theme of managing and enhancing employee performance, including both prescribed job performance and other desirable work behaviours such as organisational citizenship and innovative contributions.

The module includes an international perspective and emphasises critical consideration of the practical implications of recent studies.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

CIACHIR Constantin (SBS)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 12

Independent Learning Hours: 38

Module Availability

Teaching block 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Strategic human resource management and human resource development

  • The management of change, including resistance

  • International human resource management

  • Expatriates – recruitment, selection and performance management

  • Cross-cultural issues in HR

  • Talent management

  • Work-life balance

  • Trust

  • Diversity management

  • Equal opportunities

  • Performance appraisal and performance management

  • Employee engagement

  • Emotion in organisations

  • Executive coaching

  • Leadership development

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Individual Assignment (Maximum 2000 words). 60
Coursework Individual written assignment (Maximum 1500 words). 40

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide learners with the opportunity to demonstrate all intended module learning outcomes, knowledge, skills and behaviours, and to provide maximum opportunity for applied learning.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Assessment 1

Learners are to carry out a review of their organisations recruitment, talent management and diversity policies and/or strategies, using theoretical concepts and models to support their evaluation.  Areas of strength and opportunities should be identified, and the report should conclude with formal recommendations for improvement.

Assessment 2

The Written Assignment requires learners to research, and to identify the practical implications of, recent academic publications in the field relating to international and contemporary Human Resource issues.  Learners should ensure the field selected relates to relevant knowledge learning outcomes of the apprenticeship standard.

Formative assessment

Learners will work regularly in groups and as individuals, participating in classroom or online discussion forums, webinars etc, to demonstrate their understanding of the subject contents and application.  Learners will be provided with tailored formative feedback for Assignment 1. 


Learners will be given formal feedback on their assessments in line with the University’s policy on assessment and feedback, and within the current three-week feedback period.  Learners will receive regular, informal feedback on their contribution throughout the module.

Module aims

  • This module aims to develop a critical understanding of selected contemporary issues in human resource management and development, and how these apply to the learners organisation.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate knowledge of major theories and research findings regarding the topics covered in the module CK
002 Identify practical implications of major theories and findings for human resource management and human resource development CKT
003 Discuss the impact of different human resource management and human resource development approaches upon employee performance and creativity KPT
004 Critically evaluate and compare the effectiveness of various human resource management and human resource development practices CKP
005 Identify, synthesise and structure information regarding the module topics from academic books and journals CK
006 Communicate ideas effectively in writing PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The hours listed within the overall student workload section represent off-the-job learning.

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to incorporate a blended learning approach, centred around the key online learning design principles of – Learner-centred; Useful; Engaging; Flexible; Consistent; Supportive and Accessible.

In line with the Apprenticeship Off the Job Training guidance, the teaching and learning undertaken on this module will reflect the following categories of training:

  1. Teaching of Theory – may include lectures, role play, simulation exercises, online learning, research and networking)

  2. Practical Training – may include shadowing, mentoring, industry visits and participation in competitions

  3. Learning support and time spent writing assignments and partaking in assessments

  4. Reflective learning and self-evaluation to impart new knowledge, skills and behaviours only.

Learners completing this module will undertake a combination of campus-based sessions and online directed learning activities supported through SurreyLearn.  Learners, with support from their employers, will be expected to demonstrate accountability and commitment to effectively managing their agreed off-the-job training hours to complete required learning activities and assessments.   Learners should take an active part in any asynchronous activities such as forums, wikis, blogs etc., as well as synchronous activities (i.e. virtual meetings, webinars etc.) as appropriate.  Participation in these activities will be essential to the successful achievement of the learning outcomes in this module.

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
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Other information

Through completion of the learning and assessments for this module, it is expected that most learners will be able to produce suitable evidence for their Portfolio of Evidence to fully or partially meet specific assessment criteria for the following areas of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship Standard. Learners may also refer to the CMDA Assessment Plan for further information.

Operational Strategy

1.1. How to develop and implement organisational strategy and plans, including approaches to resource and supply chain management, workforce development, sustainability, taking and managing risk, monitoring and evaluation, and quality assurance (K)

1.2. How to manage change in the organisation (K)

Leading People

7.1. Different inclusive leadership styles and models, how to develop teams and support people using coaching and mentoring approaches (K)

7.3. Articulate organisational purpose and values (S)

7.4. Support the creation of an inclusive, high performance work culture (S)

Managing People

8.1. How to recruit, manage and develop people, using inclusive talent management approaches (K)

8.2. How to use HR systems and processes to ensure legal requirements, health and safety, and well-being needs (K)

Developing Collaborative Relationships

9.2. How to shape common purpose, as well as approaches to conflict management and dispute resolution (K)

9.5. Effectively influence and negotiate, being able to have challenging conversations and give constructive feedback (S)

Awareness of Self and Others

10.5. Manage stress and personal well-being, being confident in knowing core values and drivers (S)

Decision Making

12.2. The values, ethics and governance of your organisation (S)

K – Knowledge                                                        

S – Skills                                                     

B - Behaviours

Degree apprenticeships are delivered over three teaching blocks:

  • Teaching Block 1 - September - December
  • Teaching Block 2 - January - April
  • Teaching Block 3 - May - August

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 2020/1 academic year.