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TITLE Focusing on the Human in Human Resource Management

LEVEL H - Higher Level


DEPARTMENT Centre for the Liberal Arts and Sciences

DESCRIPTION Employees are unique individuals who bring their socio-economic backgrounds, behaviours and characteristics into the workplace environment, combined with the essential knowledge and skills that the employer has recruited for that particular role.

Human resources management as an organisational discipline, comprises of a range of strategic management policies and procedures, that aim to work together to help the organisation get the best performance from the employees in order to meet the business and management strategic objectives of the organisation. Ideally the practice of human resource management takes into account the internal culture of the organisation and the uniqueness of the individual. In this way human resource management practice can optimise the contribution of the individual performance for the benefit of the organisation.

This Unit will examine the human aspect in a variety of human resource functions, policies and procedures with the aim of ensuring that their implementation will achieve success.

The following human resources functions shall be covered within this Unit:
- Employee recruitment and preserving talent and knowledge in the company;
- Training and development – creating programmes specifically catering for the duties and function of the individual employees;
- Performance appraisals;
- Talent Management;
- Salary and managing reward, incentive and benefit systems;
- Employee Relations;
- Change management, succession planning and restructuring;
- Employee Terminations – Resignations, performance-related dismissals.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the Unit the student will be:
- Able to use their own experiences and the experiences of the group to discuss what backgrounds, behaviours and characteristics individuals bring to the workplace, and how these can potentially impact on their behaviour and performance at work;
- Able to explain a range of policies, procedures and functions used in human resources management practice with the aim of highlighting the potential human impact influencing success or failure of the organisation;
- Cognizant of the relevant theories in organisational behaviour and organisational theory.

2. Skills:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to apply the management skill of feedback and appraisal in various practical situations.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Arnold, J. et al. (2010) Work Psychology. 5th Ed. London: Pearson Education Limited.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Case Study (take home) Yes 100%


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