Software Engineering (3 Years) [BSc]

Human Resource Management

Unit code: BMAN30042
Credit Rating: 10
Unit level: Level 3
Teaching period(s): Semester 2
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit?: Y



Additional Requirements

BMAN30042 is a free choice option for students with prior agreement from their home schools. Core for BiolwBM, MLBM, MathswBM, BSc&MPhysPhyswBM, MChemChemwBM.



To understand and explain at an introductory level:
•The changing context in which HRM takes place
•The nature of HRM in the UK, with specific reference to HR strategy and practice, recruitment and selection, human resource development, worker voice, work-life balance, diversity and equality and pay;
The internal and external influences which shape the nature of HRM at the organisational level.


Topics include:

  • HRM and the changing world of work;
  • An introduction to HR strategy and practice;
  • HRM in the service sector
  • Recruitment and selection;
  • Human Resource Development;
  • Employee Involvement and Worker Voice;
  • Pay;
  • Work-Life Balance;
  • Multinational corporations and HRM;
  • Revision and exam briefing.

Teaching and learning methods

Methods of Delivery: 10 one hour lectures and 10 one hour seminars over the duration of the course.

Total study hours: 100 hours split between lectures, workshops, reading for classes, coursework and examinations.

Private study hours: 78

Informal Contact Methods
1. Office Hours
2. Online Learning Activities (discussion forum)
3. Drop in Revision Surgeries (extra help sessions for students on material they may be struggling with)

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should be able to:
•Explain how different aspects of HRM are put into practice within organisations ;
•Explain how institutional frameworks shape the nature of HRM at the organisational level;
•Examine HR practices from the perspectives of employers and employees;
•Develop the skills of data collection and presentation through individual study and team working;
•Participate actively in seminar discussions.

Assessment Further Information

Assessment methods and relative weightings:
2 hour examination (100%)


Recommended reading

Wilkinson, A. Redman, T. and Dundon, T. (eds) (2017) Contemporary Human Resource Management, Pearson (5th edition)

Wilkinson, A and Redman, T (2013) Contemporary Human Resource Management, Essex: Pearson 4 edition

Bach, S and Edwards, MR (eds) (2012) Managing Human Resources: Human Resource Management in Transition. Wiley (5 edition).

Each week a reading will be specified for discussion in the seminar. The link to this will be available on the course Blackboard space.


Feedback methods

The course is assessed by examination but there are a number of ways feedback is given to students throughout the course. There is the opportunity for students to do a 1000 word formative essay which is circulated in week 5/6 of the course with a guide mark and summary assessment returned by week 11. Informal advice and discussions in the seminars are also an important source of feedback to students. Generic feedback posted on Blackboard regarding overall exam performance is also available after exam marks have been released.

Methods of feedback from students
Student feedback is welcomed. The course coordinator is available to discuss any issues with students throughout the course. These may be questions in relation to the content of a particular lecture or concerns about the course more widely. When students have not understood a reading they are encouraged to raise this matter in the seminar. There is also the formal university course evaluation form that students complete at the end of the module.

Study hours

  • Assessment written exam - 2 hours
  • Lectures - 10 hours
  • Seminars - 10 hours
  • Independent study hours - 78 hours

Teaching staff

Anne McBride - Unit coordinator

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