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N12425 Human Resource Management

10 Credits, Level 2, Semester 1

Details of Module Convenor and Teaching Staff
Professor Ken Kamoche
Location: C8, North
Email Address:
Telephone No.: 0115 8466533
Availability Statement: My student consultation hours are Monday 1-2pm, and Friday
12.30-2.30pm. You can email me for an appointment if the above times are not convenient
for you.
Details of External Examiner
Name: Anne-Marie Greene
Position: Professor of Employment Relations
Institution: De Montfort University
Contact Hours
2 x 1 hour seminars
11 x 90 minute lectures

Breakdown of Student Learning Hours

A 10-credit module equates to 100 hours of student work. HRM1 has 16.5
hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorial, leaving 81.5 hours to review the
lecture notes, independent reading and exam preparation.
Prize Details (if applicable)
The Professor Wells Prize (top overall mark with IHRM)
Method and Criteria of Assessment
One 1.5 hour exam (100%)
Lecture Timetable Slot and Location
9:00- 10:30am, Fridays, B52 South Building
Outline Syllabus and Lecture Programme




7 Oct

Introduction: the nature of HRM


14 Oct
21 Oct
28 Oct
4 Nov
11 Nov
7-11 Nov
18 Nov
25 Nov
2 Dec
9 Dec
5-9 Dec
16 Dec

HRM in a global context

Strategic HRM
HR planning
Recruitment and selection
Engaging and retaining
Seminar 1
Performance management
Learning and development
Talent and career development
Reward management
Seminar 2

Small-group Seminar Arrangements (if applicable)

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your Individual Student Teaching Timetable.
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Please read the case study and prepare for the case study questions before the tutorial. We all
benefit if youve done your preparation: read the assigned case, summarize the issues, write
down answers to the questions asked and come ready to discuss, ask and answer questions.
Details of the schedule will be provided as soon as the dates are confirmed.
Full details of coursework or other non-exam assessment (if applicable)
Deadline Date for Submission of Coursework (if applicable)
Module Aims
To introduce students to the concepts and ideas of human resource management.
Learning Objectives and Outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
This module develops a knowledge and understanding of:
The dynamic and changing nature of business and the consideration of the future of
organisations within the global business environment, including the management of
Leadership, management and development of people including the implications of
the legal context

The development of appropriate policies and strategies within a changing

environment to meet stakeholder interests
The need for individuals and organisations to manage responsibly and sustainably
and behave ethically in relation to social, cultural, economic and environmental
Ability to recognise and address ethical dilemmas and corporate social responsibility
issues, applying ethical and organisational values to situations and choices
Intellectual skills
This module develops:
The ability to analyse facts and circumstances to determine the cause of a problem
and identifying and selecting appropriate solutions
Conceptual and critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation
Professional practical skills
This module develops:
Self-analysis and awareness/sensitivity to diversity in terms of people and cultures.
This includes a continuing appetite for development.
People management, to include communications, team building, leadership and
motivating others
Transferable (key) skills
This module develops:
Communication and listening including the ability to produce clear, structured
business communications in a variety of media
Self-management and a readiness to accept responsibility and flexibility, to be
resilient, self-starting and appropriately assertive, to plan, organise and manage
Ability to work with people from a range of cultures
Articulating and effectively explaining information
Building and maintaining relationships

This Module Outline should be read in conjunction with your Student Handbook.
Past/Sample Examination Paper (if applicable)
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READINGS [this module outline is subject to amendment by late September when this
section is updated]
In order to truly benefit from this module, you will have to do a lot of reading (books, journal
articles, media reports), debating and reflecting.
You will find many books in the library which deal with the issues we cover. It is never easy
to find a specific book that covers everything, and you may well find that certain books are
more suitable for some topics than others. The lecture notes will draw from a wide variety of
these books, and you will be provided with clear guidelines as to what topics to read up on.
That said, there are several books I have found particularly helpful and I have indicated
below which specific chapters I will refer to. One of the challenges I set for you on this
module is to take responsibility to research what to read; the reading list below is a guide. It
is impossible to list all the books in the library which cover HRM this is a dynamic
discipline and there are new books all the time. I also encourage you to peruse suitable
journal articles; I have indicated some of the best ones, and selected some suitable articles. I
encourage you to engage your electronic resource skills to find other articles. For each topic,
you should read at least one book chapter and 2-3 journal articles.
For most of the topics, I have indicated the relevant chapters in several good books. You are
at liberty to peruse the other books you can lay your hands on. For each topic, I will provide
more guidance about further readings during the class. Although there are e-book editions
for some of these books, access is often severely limited by the publishers, and there is
little we can do about it, except to suggest that when you manage to obtain a copy of a
text, you may find it helpful to read several chapters (and make appropriate notes!) to
avoid having to queue up forever at a later date. But, why wait on an e-queue when you

can make your way to the Business Library in the South Building? If you cant find the one
you want, there will be others readily available.
Here is a list of some suitable books you could dip into:
Torrington, D., Hall, L. S. Taylor, & C. Atkinson. (2014). Human Resource
Management. Harlow: Pearson. [there is a related book with the same title, which is equally
Wilkinson, A., Bacon, N., Redman, T. and Snell, S. (eds) The Sage Handbook of Human
Resource Management. London: SAGE.
Marchington, M and Wilkinson, A (2012) Human Resource Management at
Work: People Management and Development, London: CIPD.
Bosalie, P Strategic Human Resource Management, McGraw-Hill.
Beardwell, J. and T. Clayton (2010) Human resource management: A contemporary
approach. Prentice-Hall.
Burke, C.J. & C.L. Cooper (2008) Building more effective organizations, Cambridge
University Press.
Price, A. (2007) Human Resource Management. Cengage.
Boxall, P. et al (2008) The Oxford Handbook of Human Resource Management, OUP.
Boxall, P. & J. Purcell (2016) Strategy and Human Resource Management, Palgrave.
Kamoche K. (2001) Understanding Human Resource Management, Open University Press.
Armstrong, M. & S. Taylor (2016) Armstrongs Handbook of Human Resource Practice,
Kogan Page.
Wilkinson, A et al (2009) The Sage Handbook of Human Resource Management, Sage.
Bach, S. (2005) Managing Human Resources, Blackwell.

Lecture 1 The nature of HRM

Most of the titles above cover this topic in the first couple of chapters, for example:
Torrington et al. Ch 1.
Wilkinson et al Chs 1/2
Marchington & Wilkinson, Ch 1.
Kamoche, Ch 2
Boxall et al Ch1
Lecture 2 HRM in a global context
Marchington & Wilkinson, Ch5
Torrington et al. Ch 2.
Kamoche, Ch 7
Boxall et al Ch24/25
Armstrong Ch 37/38
Kamoche, K. & Q. Siebers, (2014) Chinese investments in Africa: Toward a post-colonial
perspective, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26(21), 2718-2743.

Lecture 3 Strategic HRM

Price, Ch 2
Torrington et al Ch 3
Armstrong Ch 2
Boxall et al Ch5/6
Wilkinson et al Ch 3
Kamoche, Chs 3/4
Lecture 4 HR Planning
Torrington et al Ch 4
Armstrong Chs 16/17
Pilbeam, S. and Corbridge, M. (2010) People Resourcing and Talent
Planning: HRM in Practice. London: CIPD. Ch 4.
Lecture 5

Recruitment & selection

Armstrong, Ch 18
Boxall et al Ch 14
Torrington et al Chs 6/7
Bosalie Ch 7
Williamson, I.O., King Jr., J.E., Lepak, D. and Sarma, A. (2010) Firm
reputation, recruitment web sites, and attracting applicants. Human
Resource Management, 49(4): 669-687.
Ryan, A.M. and Tippins, N.T. (2004) Attracting and selecting: what
psychological research tells us. Human Resource Management, Vol 43, No
4, 305-318.
Lecture 6 Engaging and retaining
Burke & Cooper Ch 2
Armstrong Ch 15
Wilkinson et al Ch15
Torrington, D., Hall, L. S. Taylor, & C. Atkinson. (2014). Human Resource
Management. Harlow: Pearson. Chapter 8.
Carroll, M., Smith, M., Oliver, G. and Sung, S. (2008) Recruitment and retention in frontline services: The case of childcare, Human Resource Management Journal, Vol. 19, No. 1,
pp. 5974.
Samuel, M. and Chipunza, C. (2009) Employee retention and turnover: Using motivational
variables as a panacea, African Journal of Business and Management, Vol. 3, No. 8, pp.
Lecture 7 Performance management

Armstrong Ch 25
Torrington et al Ch 10
Bosalie Ch 8
Bach Ch 11
Wilkinson et al Ch12
Marchington & Wilkinson Ch 9
Atwater, L., Brett, J. F. and Cherise Charles, A. (2007) Multisource
feedback: lessons learned and implications for practice. Human Resource
Management, 46, 2: 285-307.
Lecture 8 Learning and development
Marchington & Wilkinson, Ch 11
Torrington et al Ch 15.
Burke & Cooper Ch 9
Wilkinson et al Ch 10
Armstrong Chs 5/6
Lecture 9

Talent and career development

Armstrong Ch 20
Burke Ch 1
Torrington et al Ch16.
Collings, D. G. (2014). Integrating global mobility and global talent management: Exploring
the challenges and strategic opportunities. Journal of World Business, 49, 253-261.
Lecture 10 Pay and incentives
Armstrong Chs 26/27
Boxall et al Ch 17
Torrington et al Chs 21/22.
Marchington & Wilkinson Ch 14
Bach Ch 12
Lecture 11 Revision