UCL School of Management

Module Fact Sheet

MSIN7014: Strategic Human Resource Management


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Taught by
2nd, 3rd, 4th year undergraduates from all departments
Term 2
Delivery method
2-hour lecture (x 10 weeks)
50% final unseen 3-hour examination; 50% coursework components

Course overview

This module introduces the nature and content of strategic and operational human resource (HR) management. The strategy, principles and practice of HR have developed piecemeal, like so much of management, both in response to events and environmental changes, and also in the wake of some pioneering initiatives.

Additionally, for many years, HR was perceived and in many cases actually regarded as being little more than personnel practice. This is in spite of the fact that there is a long history of attention to that most critical part of management practice – how to create the conditions in which staff give off their best, and how to create mechanisms for the resolution of disputes and conflicts when these arise.

The aims to address and deliver the following:

  • an introduction to strategic and operational Human Resource Management (HRM), staff management and personnel issues.

  • the need for Human Resources (HR) and personnel expertise in all management occupations and functions;

  • the promotion of ‘staff management’ as a key function; an examination and understanding of the basis of present expert practice in HRM;

  • skills development in the key areas of problem solving, staff resourcing, development and relations;

  • Contemporary HRM themes, case law and current issues.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will know and be able to understand and begin to apply the following;

  • know and understand the principle of equality and fairness of treatment at work, and how to apply this effectively in practice

  • know and understand the main principles on which effective workforce structures and patterns of working are based

  • know and understand the basis of effective in this area

  • know and understand how people and organisations are developed, enhanced and improved

Topics covered

  • Strategic HRM

  • Employment Law

  • Resourcing

  • Diversity and Equality

  • Performance Management

  • Training and Organisational Development

  • Pay and Reward

  • Employee Relations

  • Risk Management and Health at Work

  • Human Resource Management in the Future

Assessment summary

50% is awarded on the basis of your examination result of an unseen 3-hour paper in the Summer Term. 50% is awarded for coursework: comprising two individual assignments worth 25% each.

Essential reading

K Cheatle (2002) Mastering Human Resource Management Palgrave Macmillan

Past versions of this module

MSIN0057 18/19

MSIN7014 17/18

MSIN7014 16/17

Last updated Friday, 27 September 2019