Surrey University Stag


Module code: MANM484

Module Overview

This module is designed to appeal to a range of students who may be considering a managerial HRM career. The unit is designated as core by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) making its successful completion a prerequisite for those seeking chartered membership. It is intended to provide students with a holistic understanding of the requirements for the successful management of people in an organisation, with an emphasis on leadership and developmental opportunities. It is intended that this module will support students to develop a body of knowledge leading them to become effective managers as well as HR specialists. Hence the aims and objectives of HRM/HRD work, equality and diversity, business ethics, flexible working patterns, employee engagement and the effective management of change are studied.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

MASSARO Sebastiano (SBS)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: N340

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

• aims and objectives of HR work
• key research into HRM, HRD and the effective management of people
equality and diversity
motivating and engaging staff
flexibility and change
business ethics, professionalism, and corporate social responsibility

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a holistic understanding of contemporary HRM research and understanding of modern HRM management approaches for a variety of organisational contexts.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
• 2 Hours Closed book examination comprehensive questions

Formative assessment: Students will receive verbal feedback during seminars on case study analysis and by best practices of knowledge transfer such as constructive comments/highlights of specific cases and related common mistakes that students might encounter. The latter will be provided either verbally in the class or virtually in Surrey Learn.

Module aims

  • • enable students to identify core theoretical perspectives in the field of people management and the most influential contemporary research on HRM, effective leadership and positive organisational outcomes
  • enable students to reflect critically on what approaches constitute the most effective as far as people management is concerned
  • identify and assess the contribution made by HRM and HRD specialists in different types of organisations

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 meet the learning outcomes contained in the CIPDs advanced diploma syllabus for Leading Managing and Developing People KPT
002 • analyse and critically evaluate major ideas and practices in the field of people management in the following fields; leadership, equality and diversity, flexible working, change management, business ethics and corporate social responsibility, engaging and motivating employees, effective human resource management and human resource development practice CKPT
003 evaluate major contemporary theoretical and managerial perspectives on people management CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
give students the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of contemporary theoretical and managerial perspectives on people management
The teaching and learning methods include the delivery of lectures, business examples, mini-videos and independent-learning. The formal lectures are mainly designed to illustrate and explain the theoretical concepts of leadership and people management, change management, equality and diversity, business ethics and corporate social responsibility illuminating the theoretical concepts and models by reference to, and explanation of a range of specific real business cases. Furthermore, practical cases will be shown via the adoption of business examples in the class and mini-videos made available in SurreyLearn.

The critical and analytical evaluation of mini case studies will contribute to developing a practical and critical view of HRM/HRD practice. Therefore, prior to attending lectures students are required to undertake the essential reading of the requisite theory. To this end, advanced information will be posted on the SurreyLearn website on a weekly basis.

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


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Human Resources Management MSc 1 Compulsory 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 2021/2 academic year.