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Module ASB-3101:
Human Resource Management

Module Facts

Run by Bangor Business School

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Clair Doloriert

Overall aims and purpose

The purpose of this module is to examine issues and innovations in the field of contemporary human resource management (HRM). This third year module provides a specialist focus on how people are managed and developed in the global workplace. The keys aims are to develop an understanding of the complex issues facing human resource (HR) specialists and line managers in meeting their responsibilities for selecting, deploying, training, appraising, rewarding, relating to, retaining and sometimes releasing human resources.

Course content

Development of the HR function; Strategic HRM; Human resourcing: human resource planning, recruitment and selection; Human Resource Development: facilitating learning and talent management; Reward and performance management; The employment relationship: grievance & discipline, managing diversity, health & well-being, employee engagement; Integrating HRM: HR as a profession, HR in crisis, manager roles in HR practice; Leadership/management development; Globalisation and international HRM.

Assessment Criteria


Can identify the key elements of HRM - demonstrates a basic understanding of the importance of strategic human resource planning, recruitment and selection, performance management and reward, learning and development and the employment relationship; provides superficial, descriptive personal reflections.


As above combined with an ability to analyse and discuss different interpretations of HRM and explain how these inform HRM activities and priorities; provides detailed, analytical personal reflections.


As above and able to critically assess theories of HRM in a comparative and theoretical manner based on a thorough reading of the literature and original source material and be able to comment with insight grounded in a deep understanding of the theoretical and philosophical, economical and political issues; provides insightful, reflexive account of implications for personal learning and employability.

Learning outcomes

  1. Explain the contribution of the HR function to corporate strategy in a global context.

  2. Discuss the processes of recruitment, assessment and selection.

  3. Assess activities involved in developing human resources and facilitating learning.

  4. Analyse the link between rewards, motivation and performance, explaining different types of benefits and why they might be used.

  5. Critically evaluate the changing employment relationship, including managing diversity, health and well-being and employee engagement.

  6. Critically reflect on implications of HR theories for personal learning and employability

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ESSAY Critical HRM essay

Critical comparison essay

EXAM Exam S1 2hrs 60

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Private study

Guided reading, individual exercises, lecture preperation and review


Includes 2-hour 'in person' lectures will encourage student participation through class activities and discussion and supplemented with 11x 1 hour pre-recorded panopto lectures

Individual Project

Researching, preparing and writing the formative essay assignment

Private study

Revising and preparing for exam


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

Subject specific skills

  • People management: to include communications, team building, leadership and motivating others.
  • Problem solving and critical analysis: analysing facts and circumstances to determine the cause of a problem and identifying and selecting appropriate solutions.
  • Research: the ability to analyse and evaluate a range of business data, sources of information and appropriate methodologies, which includes the need for strong digital literacy, and to use that research for evidence-based decision-making.
  • Ability to work with people from a range of cultures.
  • Articulating and effectively explaining information.
  • Building and maintaining relationships.
  • Communication and listening including the ability to produce clear, structured business communications in a variety of media.
  • Emotional intelligence and empathy.
  • Conceptual and critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
  • Self-management: a readiness to accept responsibility and flexibility, to be resilient, self-starting and appropriately assertive, to plan, organise and manage time.
  • Self reflection: self-analysis and an awareness/sensitivity to diversity in terms of people and cultures. This includes a continuing appetite for development.


Resource implications for students

Extensive reading material is provided on Blackboard. Students are not required to pay for anything.

Reading list

A reading list is provided on Blackboard

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: