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Employability and Human Resource Management

Stage 2, compulsory (all pathways)

The course examines influences on employment, employability, career choice and career development. Key trends in employee management in a range of workplaces, including unionised and non-union, manufacturing and services, and domestic and multinational are also examined with the overall aim being to engender confidence and awareness of the challenges associated with career development.

The objective is to give you an understanding of the main concepts and models that underpin HRM, as well as a critical assessment of the relationship between theory and practice in HRM in contemporary workplaces.

Topics covered

Employability:

  • Skills and skill development
  • Using social networks in your job and internship hunt
  • Application forms
  • Networking, postgraduate study and your career service and beyond
  • Ethics and behaviour at work
  • CVs, applications and using your careers service
  • Recruiter panel - What I look for in a CV or application
  • Interviews
  • Theories of employability

Human Resource Management (HRM)

  • What is HRM?
  • Strategy and HRM
  • HR planning
  • HRM in a global context
  • The employment relationship
  • Labour market regulation and management styles
  • Trade unions and collective bargaining
  • Rewards and performance
  • Discrimination and diversity
  • Conflict and resistance at work

Learning outcomes

  • Develop a career development plan, based on a detailed understanding and analysis of the work environment
  • Analyse employability and the recruitment process in a global context
  • Identify and critically assess the roles of a range of influences on employment, employability, career choice and career development
  • Distinguish trends in employee management in a range of workplaces, including unionised and non-union, manufacturing and services, and domestic and multinational
  • Explain the rationale for a range of specific HRM policies and practices, such as recruitment and selection, appraisal and rewards, and diversity management
  • Critically assess the problems associated with the design and implementation of HRM policies and practices, as well as their impact on employees

Assessment

  • Summative individual portfolio [2000 words] (40%)
  • Three-hour written examination (60%)