Leadership and developing people

Available to study from October 2022.

This module enables students to develop a critical understanding of the strategic concept of human resource development.

The module helps students enhance learning, skills, personal development and performance within the organisation, and develop a critical understanding of human resource development. You will engage with theories of motivation and commitment and theories of leadership and leadership methods used in different organisations. You will have the opportunity to examine the role, aims and objectives of HRD in organisations and how these work in theory and in practice. 

Topics covered

  • Contemporary developments in HRM and HRD 
  • Motivation and engagement 
  • Leadership and followers 
  • Aims and objectives of HR and HRD functions 
  • Flexible working and change management 
  • Professionalism and corporate social responsibility 
  • Knowledge management, stories and liminality 
  • Coaching and development 
  • Contemporary and future trends in HR roles and responsibilities 

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be expected to be able to:  

  • critically review major research studies on contemporary developments in the HRM and HRD fields published in the UK and overseas. 
  • evaluate major theories relating to motivation, commitment and engagement at work and how these are put into practice by organisations.  
  • debate and critically evaluate the characteristics of effective leadership and the methods used to develop leaders in organisations.
  • critically discuss the aims and objectives of the HRM and HRD functions in organisations and how these are met in practice.  
  • promote professionalism and an ethical approach to HRM and HRD practice in organisations.   
  • explore future HRD trends and practices and their links to organisational strategic plans.   


  • Unseen end of term online examination (100%) 

Entry requirements 

To qualify to register for a stand-alone individual module, applicants will need:  

  • Either, a bachelor’s degree which is considered at least comparable to a UK second class honours degree from an institution acceptable to the University;  
  • Or, a minimum of two years’ work experience in a relevant field. This will most commonly be in a management position but each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.