Module code: MANM466

Module Overview

In this module we introduce some of the most significant areas of human resource management responsibility. Anyone seeking to develop a career in HR, in the UK or globally will find it to be both interesting and essential to their professional development. It will also be of interest to anyone with an interest in the management of people or who anticipates building a generalist management career.
Our focus is on how organisations achieve the most fundamental HRM aim of mobilising a workforce. In order to function effectively all employers need to ensure that at all times they have the right people in the right jobs. Increasingly they are also drawing on other sources of skills and expertise accessed from a wider network of people with whom they maintain some form of contractual relationship. It is with the business of staffing an organisation effectively that this module is concerned.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

CIACHIR Constantin (SBS)

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: 106

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Over 11 three-hour sessions we will introduce and discuss a wide range of topic areas relating to the staffing of organisations; a particular emphasis being placed on contemporary developments and debates in the field. In our sessions we will focus on the following:
• human resource planning and job design
• recruitment and selection
• induction and socialisation
• employee retention
• employer branding
• retirement and redundancy
• managing individual performance
• strategic aspects of resourcing and talent management

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation GROUP PRESENTATION ONLINE 40

Alternative Assessment

Group Video Project - The alternative assessment for this module is a 3000 word Individual Assignment (100% weighting).

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate all six of the intended module learning outcomes; which is reflected both in its formative and its summative elements.

Formative assessment will take the form of in-class discussion exercises with in-class  tutor feedback. Summative assessments will be by a group video presentation and individual written assignment of 1500 words. The first element of the summative assessment requires students to work in groups and to interview an HR professional on a chosen HR challenge. The group will present and video and engage in a critical discussion with the audience, which will be composed of fellow colleagues, members of staff, and the HR managers interviewed. The second element requires students to individually reflect on the particular challenge and to produce a reflective account where they provide a critical analysis of the particular challenge. Students will receive oral and written feedback on the summative assessments.

Students who fail to pass their assignments will be required to rework them and resubmit at a later date. The alternative assessment for this module is a 3000 word Individual Assignment (100% weighting).  Students who will undertake the alternative assessment will be asked to produce a critical analysis of a key HR (contemporary) challenge. 

Module aims

  • To help you to develop the skills and knowledge you will need to manage staffing and talent management activities on behalf of an employer to the highest standards.
  • To introduce you to the most significant contemporary debates in this field and to developments that are likely to shape its future evolution.
  • To prepare you to manage and to develop organisational policy in the fields of human resource planning, succession planning, recruitment and selection, induction, employee retention, employer branding and basic performance management
  • To introduce you to the ways that organisations seek to build reputations as employers and to position themselves strategically in the labour market vis a vis their competitors.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Meet the learning outcomes contained in the CIPD's advanced diploma syllabus for Resourcing and Talent Management. CKPT
002 Analyse and critically evaluate contemporary debates and developments in the following areas of HRM: human resource planning / succession planning, recruitment, selection, job analysis and design, induction / socialisation, employee retention, individual performance management, retirement and redundancy, resourcing strategy CK
003 Engage critically with the published literature on resourcing and talent management CK
004 Explain the contribution made by resourcing and talent management activities to the achievement of wider organisational objectives CKP
005 Demonstrate that you are able to develop and argue an original case and justify your views effectively CPT
006 Give managers and colleagues appropriate and timely advice about resourcing and talent management issues. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Lectures, group discussions, case studies
Reading prior to taught sessions
Guided reading and completion of online exercises
Researching and writing your assignment

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

The module is designed to meet the Learning Outcomes of the CIPD unit - 7HR02 Resourcing and Talent Management to Sustain Success:

1. Understand the impact of the changing business environment on resourcing and talent management strategy and practice
- analyse current developments impacting business environments and their significance for organisational resourcing and talent strategy and practice
- evaluate the value of resourcing and talent management strategies
- critically discuss potential future developments in the fields of resourcing and talent management
- compare ways in which organisations build and maintain a positive reputation in key labour markets by offering compelling employee value propositions

2. Understand organisational recruitment and selection strategies
- research current developments in job analysis, job design and competency frameworks
- evaluate effective recruitment, selection and induction methods in organisations
- analyse the use of technologies to improve: attraction, selection, induction

3. Understand the importance of succession planning to support sustainable organisational performance
- evaluate long- and short-term talent planning approaches to meet organisational demand
- analyse a range of analytics to determine talent planning and retention strategies
- justify measures designed to reduce voluntary employee turnover

4. Understand approaches to improving individual and team performance
- discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to manage and enhance employee performance
- evaluate the use of technology to monitor individual and team performance
- discuss management strategies for attendance and underperforming staff in organisations
- critically discuss the legal, ethical, and professional lens in relation to retirement, redundancy, and dismissal practices

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Human Resources Management MSc 2 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.