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Current Academic Year 2017 - 2018

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Module Title Human Resource Management
Module Code HR308
School DCUBS
Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Margaret Heffernan
Semester 2: Margaret Heffernan
Autumn: Margaret Heffernan
Module TeachersEdel Conway
Margaret Heffernan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
This module equips students with an understanding of the emergence of HRM, the role HRM plays in contemporary organisations and the range of people management strategies and practices that organisations deploy to secure a lasting, strategic competitive advantage from their human resources. Upon successful completion of the module students will possess an insight into HRM theory, strategy and practices and they will be able to critically assess HRM and its application in organisational life. Students will also be provided with an insight into the contemporary debates relating to HRM and the role HRM plays in contributing to organisational success. The module also enables students to make more informed career decisions and thus prepare for future employment opportunities.

Learning Outcomes
1. An understanding of how HRM theory and practice has emerged to play a key role in shaping organisational and working life.
2. An understanding of the connection between business strategies and approaches to people management.
3. An understanding of how HRM strategy and practices are developed and applied in organisations in order to drive business performance.
4. An ability to apply established techniques of HRM analysis and enquiry to assess HRM strategies and practices in a variety of organisational settings.
5. An ability to analyse and critically evaluate the role and effectiveness of key strategic HRM practices.
6. An ability to apply HRM theory and practices in real life situations to design practical HRM solutions that could yield competitive benefits for organisations.
7. An ability to understand career trajectories and own career interests and competencies.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Weekly lecture
Independent Study101Reading, assessment preparation
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at:

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
Introduction to HRM
Evolution and development of HRM, HRM philosophy and principles, objectives and functions, theoretical issues and debates, contemporary trends and challenges.

Strategic HRM
Connecting business and HRM strategy, theories of strategic HRM, models, techniques and trends within strategic HRM.

International HRM
Globalisation, national cultures and national institutions.

HRM work organisation and resourcing
Principles of organisation structure, work and job design, characteristics of knowledge work, flexibility, manpower planning, recruitment and selection and retention.

Reward management
Monetary and non-monetary rewards, performance related pay, nature and purpose of performance management, stages and process of performance management.

Employee participation and engagement
Mechanisms of employee participation in decision-making. Union and non-union forms of participation. The influence of job demands and job resources on work engagement.

Equality and managing diversity
Equality, diversity and the law, managing diversity and the role of HRM.

Managing workplace conflict
Handling collective and individual conflict at work.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment40% Examination Weight60%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PortfolioPersonal Development Portfolio25%Week 8
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List
  • Gunnigle, P., Heraty, N. and Morley, M.: 2011, Human Resource Management in Ireland, 4th, Gill and Macmillan, Dublin,
  • Torrington, D., Hall, L. and Taylor, S.: 2011, Human Resource Management, 8th, FT Prentice Hall, Essex,
  • Bratton, J and Gold, J.: 2012, Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice, 5th, Macmillan Press, London,
  • Armstrong, M.: 2006, A Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice, 10th, Kogan Page, London,
  • Cottrell, S.: 2003, Skills for Success, Palgrave, Basingstoke,
  • Dowling, P., M. Festing, M. and A. Engle: 2008, International Human Resource Management, Cengage Learning,
Other Resources
4656, Lecture Handouts, Dr. Aurora Trif, 0, Module Materials,
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Timetable this semester: Timetable for HR308
Date of Last Revision02-DEC-11