Module Title:Strategic Human Resource Management for BBUS
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. Problem Solving Exercises - student will work as part of a team and will work together to resolve various HRM scenarios. Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. E-Learning - It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials. Self-Direct Independent Learning - the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to develop the student's knowledge of the relationship between business strategy and Human Resource Management(HRM). Students should develop the skills to assess the effects of different HR policies and practices in a business, based on the key HR functions. This module will introduce the role that contemporary developments play in Strategic Human Resource Management(SHRM).
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Analyse the link between business and HR strategy
LO2 Examine how organisations derive their HR policies and practices and discuss the factors influencing these choices
LO3 Assess the strategic role of HR functions/policies/practices in achieving an organisation's objectives/increased performance/ competitiveness.
LO4 Analyse and discuss the role of contemporary developments in SHRM
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Nature of Human Resource Management
The development of human resource management; Why do people work?; The changing nature of work
Introduction to Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Course overview and definitions; Link between business and HR strategy; HR policy choice; HR models; Resourced based view of Human Resources
Strategic Aspects of Resourcing
Responding to labour market trends; Flexible resourcing choices (e.g. work life balance, teleworking); HR consultancy; Developments in recruitment and selection; Staff retention and exit management
Strategic Aspects of Performance
High Performance Work Organisations; Performance management strategies; HR, leadership and change management; Managing absence and attendance
Strategic Aspects of Development
Knowledge management and organisational learning; Learning and development; Career development
Strategic Aspects of Employee Relations
Employee involvement and participation strategies; Equality and diversity
Strategic Aspects of Reward Management
Compensation and benefits strategies; Incentive schemes
Contemporary Issues in SHRM
Ethics and corporate social responsibility; Introduction to International Human Resource Management; Human Resource Information Technology utilisation; HRM role in mergers and acquisitions; The changing nature of the HR function (e.g. HR outsourcing, HR Shared Services)
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Examination/Essay/Group Project/Presentation/Case studies 1,2,3,4 30.00 Week 27
Other Examination/Essay/Group Project/Presentation/Case studies 1,2 10.00 Week 13
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 26 Weeks per Stage 1.50
Independent Learning Time 26 Weeks per Stage 6.19
Total Hours 200.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BBOPT_D Bachelor of Business with Options in Management. International Business, Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Human Resource Management 3 Elective
CW_BRLMB_B Bachelor of Business(Honours) in Management 3 Elective