Module code: MANM016

Module Overview

Management of Human Resources is an introductory module and available to students undertaking a range of MSc programmes at the Surrey Business School. It is intended to provide a firm understanding of the theory and practice of Human Resource management and its strategic role in contemporary organisations. This module covers core functions of HRM and their integration within business strategy as well as contemporary topics concerning management of people. By the end of this module, students will have gained foundation knowledge base of HR as a function in organisations and its strategic role in achieving business objectives through people management.


Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • HRM function in organisational and labour market context

  • HR strategy perspectives

  • Recruitment and selection

  • Performance management

  • Reward management

  • Human resource development

  • Employment relations

  • Equality and diversity management

  • Employee well-being management

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 specialist knowledge and ability to apply theoretical perspectives of HR management to organisational practices through undertaking an individual coursework assignment.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of individual coursework assignment, which contributes 100% towards the module mark.


Formative assessment and feedback

This module adopts an enquiry-based approach to feedback where the emphasis is on providing resources to students which allow them to identify their own strengths and weaknesses to develop learning strategies which will allow them to improve their performance. These resources include:

  • Prior to the assignment, lecture time will be spent discussing the assignment and feedback process.

  • A marking scheme which provides guidance on how marks will be awarded for each element of assessment. This marking scheme has benefits for both staff and students: a) for staff it allows for consistency of marking between markers, and for prompt and rigorous marking; b) for students it makes it absolutely clear what is expected of them. Students will receive a mark for each element of the assignment which they can reference to the marking scheme for details of individual feedback.

  • Formative assessment and feedback will be provided during weekly learning sessions and activities, mid-semester progress assessment, and individual developmental assignment feedback meetings. 

Marking will be carried out by the module leader and tutors. The module leader will be responsible for moderation. Marks and feedback will be returned to students within 3 weeks of the submission date.

Module aims

  • Develop knowledge and sound conceptual framework for the management of human resources in organizations
  • Develop skills of critical analysis and application of HR theoretical and empirical knowledge to organisational problems and context
  • Recognise the strategic role of HR in achievement of organisation performance goals and sustained competitive advantage

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts and models of the management of human resources. KC
002 Ability to apply theoretical and empirical knowledge concerning management of people in the workplace to organisational problems and practices. KPT
003 Ability to evaluate knowledge on people management and identify practical solutions and implications. CP
004 Ability to think critically about the ways in which HR strategy and functions can be applied to overall corporate strategy. KCPT
005 Ability to 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

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to expose students to a range of delivery methods which include formal teaching, interactive learning activities, and self-directed study to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Weekly sessions providing captured lectures and multimedia content, guided learning activities, assignment development support, and interactive problem-based learning exercises linking theory and practice.

  • Students are expected to engage in independent study on a weekly basis, including additional research and reading, and assignment development. 

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
International Business 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 2022/3 academic year.