Module Title:Contemporary Issues In HRM
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
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: Introduce students to key contemporary issues shaping and influencing the direction of HRM and the HRM decisions by managers and HR practitioners alike.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Discuss contemporary developments in and the changing nature of HRM
LO2 Analyse the changing roles for HRM and the increased role played by Front Line Managers (FLMs) in the devolution of HRM responsibilities
LO3 Assess contemporary business contexts and society’s influence on HRM, and vice versa
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Contemporary forces shaping HRM; HRM in Context
Changing nature of HRM
a. Future of Work b. Generational differences c. Why people work d. Psychological Contract and Trust e. Use of technology in HR.
Changing role for HR
a. Increasing role of FLMs b. Role of HR in change management - managing change c. Diversity Management d. HR flexibility options - Remote working and flexible working arrangements e. Knowledge Management f. Managing the consultancy relationship
HRM in Context
a. Internal and external contexts b. HRM in SMEs c. HRM in recessions, pandemics d. HRM in public sector
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Examination/Essay/Group Project/Presentation/Case studies Example: Students (in groups) introduce and present new contemporary and current HRM topics and issues to the class 1 50.00 Week 8
Other Examination/Essay/Group Project/Presentation/Case studies Example: Students write essays covering a number of contemporary HRM topics 1,2,3 50.00 Sem 1 End
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Every Week 6.00
Total Hours 9.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Independent Learning Every Week 7.50
Total Hours 9.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HHIBU_B Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Business 8 Elective
CW_BBHRM_D Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management 5 Mandatory