module specification

HR5005S - The Contemporary Workplace: Change and Challenges (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title The Contemporary Workplace: Change and Challenges
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
105 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 40%   Reflective Statement (1,500 words)
Coursework 60%   Essay (2,500 words)
Running in 2017/18 No instances running in the year

Module summary

The module is designed to enable intermediate level students to understand the key developments of the contemporary workplace environment both within and beyond the organisational context. Given the focus on the contemporary workplace, the module particularly explores the changes and challenges modern organisations have to face in regards to human resources, performance management, employee relations and psychology within the changing organisational environment.

Module aims

The module aims to enable students to gain a deeper understanding of the contemporary workplace outlining its key changes and challenges. It explores the underpinning theories and practices that contextualise and develop the contemporary workplace.
Subject-specific Skills:

  • Critically assess a range of contemporary workplace practices
  • Demonstrate independent thinking and the ability to work both individually and in a group
  • Critically reflect on the issues discussed in the module

Key Skills:

  • Academic writing/literacy
  • Oral communication
  • Researching skills
  • Application of knowledge and presenting data
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Enterprise skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Self-assessment and reflection


Organisational Psychology

  • The new psychological contract
  • Change management
  • Occupational psychology
  • Career changes and transitions
  • Employability and career behaviour

Resourcing and Talent Management

  • Demographic  trends  and changes
  • Talent management  - an HR Challenge
  • Human Capital and organisational performance

Management Information and Performance

  • Understanding performance management
  • Tools  and strategies for measuring performance
  • HR Information: understanding data such as IDS, Mintel, WERS
  • High performance working (HPW)

Learning and teaching

The learning and teaching strategy will encompass a combination of lectures, seminars workshops and online work. This will include tutor led lectures, student class discussions, case studies, individual and group exercises to enable students to enhance their understanding of the themes and topics as well as developing their ability to look at and analyse the wider context of HRM. Sessions will be supported by web based resources.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. An in-depth knowledge of key contemporary labour market trends, the development of people resourcing, talent planning and performance management strategies.
  2. An understanding of the competing approaches, complexity and the business case for creating a high performance work organisation.
  3. Appropriate research, analytical and communication skills.

Assessment strategy

The module will have two formal assessments:

  1. Written coursework – 2,500 word essay (online submission)
  2. A reflective statement - 1,500 words  (online submission)

The essay will provide students with the opportunity to show their knowledge and understanding of change and contemporary practice related to people resourcing, talent planning, performance management strategies and to critically evaluate the business case for high performance working (learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3).

This will be complemented with the opportunity to reflect on the learning that has happened over the module and the effectiveness of the student’s approach to learning (learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3).


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