Course Brief

The module begins with a review of the nature of strategy in HRM and evaluates the various models in achieving strategic interventions in a range of business contexts derived from Strategic Management.

The module reviews the relationship of Personnel departments with respect to designing and delivering HRM interventions, the current and historical barriers to Personnel leading on HR and change management.

A range of contemporary ideas on redesigning the role of Personnel are reviewed before the module evaluates the range of HR policies that make up a strategy; recruitment and retention,performance management, human resource development, employee relations, reward.

The module concludes by examining HRM interventions in the light of the organisational development literature and practice. The basis of employee attitudes, commitment and cultural change are examined in terms of employee competence development through HRM Amplified Content.

  • 40 Contact Hours

Upon successful completion of this module, students will have demonstrated:

K1. An understanding of the origins and models of human resource management.
K2. Critical understanding of the relationship between business strategy and the core human resource              competencies required within organisations.
K3. Critical understanding of a range of SHRM policies applied to a range of organisational contexts.
K4. Critical understanding of the HRM variables that can support organisational development and change.

S1. The ability to demonstrate the cognitive skills of critical thinking and analysis.
S2. The ability to conduct effective independent research from arrange of theoretical and empirical research sources.
S3. The ability to diagnose and formulate relevant HRM policy interventions consistent with organisational goals.

A 3000 word case-study assignment to assess all learning outcomes.

  • BA (Hons) Business Management



    The BA (Hons) Business Management course allows you to benefit from Sunderland’s teaching of business and management without leaving your home region.

    The content of the course mirrors the Sunderland-based equivalent course Business Management. This course builds on your existing knowledge and prepares you for managerial roles and professional roles in sales, finance, general business and the public sector. You will undertake three broad-based modules related to project management, strategic management and the latest developments in business management.

    You will also study specialist modules that cover Marketing Strategy, Human Resources and Management Accounting. This course is based at study centres, which makes it distinct from our course with the same title that is based at the University of Sunderland. Courses delivered at study centres share the same ethos, material and approach as those delivered at Sunderland itself.

    This course is an outstanding way to gain the benefits of an education from our University without having to move to Sunderland.

    Sunderland has a strong record in business and management studies, with The Guardian University Guide 2015 naming the University as No.1 in North East England for Course Satisfaction and Student Satisfaction with Teaching in these subjects.


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