You begin your journey with a thorough grounding in business before exploring the many aspects of human resource management (HRM): professional practice; leadership and motivation; creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship; business systems including international business; selection and recruitment; employee relations; and employment law. Learn from expert tutors as you carry out practical projects that emulate working as a professional manager, and develop your practical experience with an optional year’s paid work placement in a HRM role. In your final year, study strategic HRM, examining real firms with a view to solving people problems, and carry out an independent research project. Why choose this course?
- Develop your understanding of how HRM works with other business disciplines, knowledge that will enable you to fit into numerous types of organisation in the future - private, public or not-for-profit
- Learn from experts in their field, active within the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), and in both consultancy and research
- Challenge yourself with an optional sandwich year placement after your second year.
- If you want to step up into higher education, we also offer a degree path with an initial Foundation Year (see below)
- Equip yourself with a range of subject-specific and transferable skills suited to a career in specialist human management roles or professional business and management environments, both national and international
- BSS001-1 4 90 Business Pod (Core)
- SHR007-1 4 30 HRM Foundations (Core)
- BSS008-2 5 15 Practice Weeks: Career Planning (Core)
- BSS010-2 5 15 Research Skills (Core)
- BSS011-2 5 15 Project Management (Core)
- BSS015-2 5 15 Strategic Thinking (Core)
- SHR014-2 5 15 Employment Relations, Reward and Law (Core)
- SHR015-2 5 15 Innovative Practice in HRM and HRD (Core)
- SHR016-2 5 15 People Resourcing and Development (Core)
- SHR017-2 5 15 The Strategic Context of HRM (Core)
- BSS023-3 6 15 Practice Weeks: The Future You (Core)
- BSS040-3 6 15 Strategy and Creativity (Core)
- SHR011-3 6 30 Developing Professional HRM Practice (Core)
- SHR012-3 6 30 Dissertation in HRM (Option)
- BSS021-3 6 30 Business Practice Portfolio (Core)
- SHR015-3 6 30 Specialist Project in HRM (Option)
In line with the Business School's commitment to practice-based education, a large part of the assessment will relate to your demonstration of your ability to do HRM in practice. We will want to see that you understand the theory and have developed critical thinking skills which help you evaluate the relevance of what you have learned. All of this comes together in being able to demonstrate rigorous human resources practice for an organisation. To assess this range of integration of theory and skills into sound practice, we use a range of methods. You will encounter many different kinds, including the ones listed below, some of which are used in combination, for example a report might be required as an outcome of a time-limited assessment task.
- Reports: you analyse a business problem and propose solutions. - Presentations: present proposals as if to your boss, a board or a client.
- Time-limited tasks: on a set day, you will be given a task which you will need to complete in a set time, such as 48 hours or five days.
- Academic writing: used to demonstrate clear, critical thinking, you might be asked to write an essay or a short summary of a theoretical debate.
- Appraisals: just as in business, you use appraisals to assess your own learning and to set your personal and academic development objectives.
- Projects: these are assessed in a number of ways depending on the task defined by our business partner. Typically, you will need to prepare an analysis, report or presentation which is suitable for the business partner and a longer piece of work which sets out the behind the scenes' work which underpinned the output for business.
- Project reviews: you analyse and evaluate the way you worked on a project and set out how you would work more effectively on a similar task in future.
- Exams: as well as conventional exams using set questions and case studies, exams can be the outcome of a group task. You might work on a large task together and then sit an exam to show your individual learning from the task.
- Portfolio: you will plan and record your CPD activities using the CIPDs HR Profession Map as a guide to the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to develop to be ready to work in HR.
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- Year 1
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