module specification

HR6056 - Issues in Human Resources Management (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Issues in Human Resources Management
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
96 hours Guided independent study
54 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Portfolio (4,000)
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module provides students with a systematic understanding and knowledge of the contemporary issues facing the Human Resource Management (HRM) function in organisations. It considers the current state of employee relations, and the challenges of people management including recruitment and selection, training and development, and performance management and the associated administrative challenges. The module will give students a firm grounding to help them effectively address these topics in the contemporary business environment by reconciling emerging theory with recognised best practice.

Module aims

The aims of this module are to encourage students to:
• Critically analyse emerging and contemporary issues in human Resource Management.
• Critically evaluate contemporary models, theories, principles, concepts and employment laws in order to apply these to the effective management of human resources in organisations.
• Gain a critical appreciation of recruitment and selection procedures, HR policies and criteria for evaluating the performance of individuals working in a variety of roles in organisations.


• Strategic Human Resource Management
• Delivering Human Resource Management
• HRM and Performance
• People Resourcing
• Performance and Reward
• Organisational Politics
• Codes of Conduct and Whistle blowing
• Surveillance and Monitoring at Work
• Discrimination and Bullying at Work
• Managing Stress and Absenteeism
• Managing Diversity

Learning and teaching

The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, group tutorials, a workshop presented by guest speakers, and workshops for mock job/performance review interviews.
The guest workshop will be facilitated by a HR practitioner and will address various HR issues faced by hospitality and other industries.
Mock job/performance review interviews will be undertaken in workshop sessions (and possibly also in group tutorials as part of formative learning) to provide the opportunity for students to engage with real life activities such as designing a job description and person specification, short listing,  employment interviewing, preparing an induction checklist and undertaking performance review interviews.
It should be noted that as this is designed to be a shared module, it will account for the differing career aspirations and programme outcomes of a range of different students taking this module.

Learning outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the issues and challenges associated with Human Resource Management.
2. Critically evaluate Human Resources Management practices against emerging trends.
3. Design job descriptions, person specifications, performance appraisal methods and criteria to evaluate the performance of individuals.
4. Critically evaluate approaches to performance management and people development in line with recognised best practice.
5. Present information and communicate effectively in a wide range of situations.


Core Textbooks
• Armstrong, M., (2012) A Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice.  12th edition, London: Kogan Page
Recommended Textbooks
• Farnham, D., (2010) Human Resource Management in Context: Strategy, Insights and Solutions. 2ndEdition. London: CIPD
• Hall, D., Pilbeam, S., and Corbridge, M (2012) Contemporary Themes in Strategic People Management: A Case-Based Approach. London:  Palgrave Macmillan
• Rees, G., and Smith, P., (2014) Strategic Human Resource Management. London: SAGE Publications Ltd
Journals Other Learning Resources
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
The International Journal of Human Resource Management
Human Resource Management Journal
Human Resource Management Review