Module code: MANM483

Module Overview

This module is designated as Core by The Chartered Institute of Development (CIPD) making its successful completion a prerequisite for those seeking Chartered Membership. This assessment method will ensure alignment with other Universities and other providers of the CIPD advanced level qualification.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

STOKES Michelle (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: 95

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 22

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative module content includes:

• Principles of continuous professional development

• Professional networking skills

• Systematic and evidence based decision making skills

• Effective team management

• Interpreting financial information eg budgets

• Demonstrating enhanced IT proficiency

• Demonstrating an essential people management skill set

• Demonstrating post graduate study skills including presentation skills

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Portfolio 60
Coursework Presentation 40

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate and apply a range of HRM and Leadership skills; the opportunity to critically reflect on their skill set integrated with critical evaluation of the principles of continuous professional development and develop a personal development plan.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Completion of individual portfolio that includes a personal development plan,

  • A critical reflective essay and supporting evidence of how a student has developed their skills and an individual student coursework presentation

Written feedback on individual coursework and individual presentation

Coursework (addresses learning outcomes: 1, 3, 4, and 5)

Presentation (addresses learning outcomes: 1 and 2)


Formative assessment and Feedback:

Students will receive verbal feedback during seminars related to case study analysis and during participation in skills workshops.

Students receive oral formative feedback on their first draft of their personal development plan during Semester 1 which forms the basis of their portfolio to be formally submitted in Semester 2. During Semester 2 students have a 1-1 feedback meeting with the module leader to discuss the development of their individual portfolios.

Module aims

  • Develop a specialist HRM technical skill set
  • Developing emotional intelligence, self awareness and ability to critically self reflect
  • Understand and apply the principles of continuous professional development

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Students will be able to demonstrate competence in the skill areas set out in the CIPDs advanced diploma syllabus for personal effectiveness ethics and business acument KCPT
002 Develop and enhance a HRM and management skill set CT
003 Reflect critically on their professional development as a HRM professional KCPT
004 Engage critically with the published literature on developing an HRM skill set and the principles of continuous professional development KC
005 Analyse and critically evaluate contemporary debates and developments in the following areas of HRM; valuing people and working inclusively, understanding the range of people practices needed to be an effective HRM professional KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The teaching and learning methods are designed to give students the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the relevant theory and application of a broad range of skills which are pertinent to contribute to an effective Human Resource Management career.

HR Skills workshops will include but are not limited to role play scenarios; participation in a mock recruitment assessment centre; team building activities.

Additionally, participation in a professional networking workshop with external HRM professionals invited as part of our Community of Practice for HR professionals in collaboration with the CIPD Surrey and North Hants branch.

Furthermore, this module has a range of external HRM specialist speakers who provide webinars sharing HR best practice and the application of HR specialist skills.

The teaching and learning design of the module and engagement with external HR professionals significantly supports the development of students employability skills.

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 Surrey five pillars are embedded into this module as follows: Please note the demography of our students is typically diverse and the cohort typically includes European, African, and Asian students.

Global and Cultural Capabilities - During seminars students rotate into different groups working together analyzing a series of case studies featuring contemporary HRM scenarios including issues of sustainable working practices – this promotes how students must learn to work with a range of diverse students to problem solve and develop cultural intelligence. All students must make a presentation and whilst this is challenging for some students where English is not their first language, students may practice their presentations in class and receive peer feedback. A seminar activity where each student must talk for 5 minutes in their nominated specific peer support group without being interrupted enables all students to feel they have a voice and builds their confidence, in preparation for assessed presentations.

Employability – This programme is CIPD accredited, and the module is specifically designed to develop and enhance student’s employability skills. Furthermore, this module provides opportunity for students to apply their learning from semester 1 modules. Students are encouraged to become student members of the CIPD and upon successful completion of the programme they are eligible to apply for Chartered membership thus increasing employment opportunities. A workshop in conjunction with the SBS careers advisor supports students to write a CV with impact and an external specialist demonstrates how students can maximise their LinkedIn profile and online presence. Students must also create a portfolio evidencing development/enhancement of skills and specifically HRM skills.

Resourcefulness and Resilience -

The module leader creates and nominates all students into small peer support groups this helps international students form friendships and build their resilience – many international students feel homesick and can feel a little isolated initially plus many international students need to develop confidence with new teaching and learning methods compared to their home country. Alumni are also invited to share their learning experiences to help build students resilience.

Sustainability – This is embedded into the module with the use of appropriate case studies. External HRM specialists are engaged as guest speakers for this module and representatives from two global organisations share their sustainable business philosophy and practices.

Digital Capabilities – Part of the module assessment requires all students to individually create an online video; students communicate on MS teams to prepare for seminar group work activities


NB. This module is designed to meet the learning outcomes of the CIPD unit 7CO03 Personal Effectiveness, Ethics, and Business Acumen

1. Be able to model principles and values that promote inclusivity aimed at maximising the contribution that people make to organisations

- critically assess different ethical standpoints on people practice and the maintenance of high standards of ethical behaviour

- justify business improvements in relation to: the promotion of fairness and transparency; wellbeing; employee voice; learning

- self-evaluate personal and professional integrity in relation to ethical practice, professional courage and influence, and valuing people

- assess the impact of collaboration across cultural, geographic and professional boundaries, including the value of embracing difference

2. Be able to achieve and maintain challenging business outcomes for yourself and organisations

- reflect on levels of self-awareness, self-management and continuous self-improvement, leading to improved organisational success and career progression

- discuss how business acumen can deliver commercial benefits and manage resilience

- demonstrate impactful behaviour that is aligned with wider organisational vision, values, strategies and plans

3. Be able to apply learning to enhance personal effectiveness

- demonstrate curiosity and passion for deep learning

- plan continuing professional development that involves both planned learning and reflection

- discuss the merits of evidence-based critical thinking based upon a range of data analytics, across and wide range of current business topics

-assess the impact that sharing of learning has on organisational success

-4. Be able to influence others during decision-making while showing courage and conviction

- assess own approaches to decision-making on complex issues, taking ownership to remedy mistakes

- demonstrate appropriate influencing style to communicate and engage different audiences

- discuss ways of promoting organisational improvement through courage, political acumen and the willingness to challenge

- assess the benefits of networking to enhance own career and contribution to organisational effectiveness

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Human Resources Management MSc(YEAR LONG) Year-long 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 2025/6 academic year.