Module code: MAN2179

Module Overview

The rationale for this module is to introduce students to the role of human resource management (HRM) in organisations.

The focus will be on the application of HRM in organisations, including recruitment and selection, performance management, rewards and compensation. The module will also provide a broader view on the function and impact of HRM by discussing industrial relations, the psychological contract and HRM and performance.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

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

Overall student workload

Module Availability

Teaching block 3

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

• Introduction to Human Resource Management

• Recruitment and selection

• Talent management

• Training and development

• Compensation/reward

• Industrial relations

• The psychological contract

• HRM and organisational performance

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Business case to justify the recruitment of a new team member (Maximum 2500 words) 100

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 Write a business case to justify the recruitment of a new team member. The business case should describe what benefits the role will bring to your team and the organisation, a job description and job specification, recruitment strategy and brief financial costings for your proposal. Relevant theories, tools and techniques should be applied to support the business case (Maximum 2500 words).

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 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

  • Provide an understanding of the role of Human Resource Management in organisations.
  • Provide an introduction to key practices and policies used in the management of people such as staff selection, talent management, training and development.
  • Discuss theories and concepts that help understand how HRM can contribute to organisational performance and the role it plays in Industrial Relations.
  • Develop knowledge for the application of transferable skills in practice.
  • Encourage evidence-based critical thinking in applying knowledge and adopting HR practices.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key aspects of human resource management K
002 Demonstrate the ability to evaluate competing ideas and evidence underlying Human Resource Management Practices CK
003 Apply relevant knowledge and understanding to work situations such as selecting staff and talent performance CKP
004 Identify and access relevant source material from a range of media, including books, journals, and industry sources CT
005 Communicate ideas effectively in writing T

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.

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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) 1.5. Produce reports that clearly present information and data, using a range of interpretation and analytical processes (S) Leading People 7.2. Organisational culture and diversity management (K) 7.3. Articulate organisational purpose and values (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 9.1. Approaches to stakeholder, customer and supplier management, developing engagement, facilitating cross functional working and negotiation (K) 9.6. Work collaboratively with internal and external customers and suppliers (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 2021/2 academic year.