Human Resource Management

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Human Resource Management

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Module Provider: Agriculture
    Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
    Terms in which taught: Spring term module
    Non-modular pre-requisites:
    Modules excluded:
    Module version for: 2014/5
    Module Convenor: Mr Martin Wagner
    Summary module description:
    This module aims to provide an understanding of human resource management, its main components, and their relevance to small and medium sized businesses.
    Assessable learning outcomes:
    By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
    - Describe and appreciate the role of human resource management in successful management and how it differs from the management of other resources
    - Explain the main motivation and behavioural theories and assess their value to the motivation of staff
    - Develop appropriate reward systems
    - Evaluate the importance of the concept of management teams
    - Describe appropriate procedures for the recruitment and selection of new staff
    - Develop a staff training and development programme for a position in an organisation
    - Explain the role of staff appraisal and factors influencing its success
    - Describe and assess the factors that make for effective delegation
    - Understand how the key areas of employment law affect employers
    Additional outcomes:
    Students will enhance their understanding of their own motivation and of ways of improving their own time management.
    Outline content:
    The lecture content covers:
    1. The functions of management and exploring human resource management
    2. Behavioural theories and their application to motivation and the design of payment systems
    3. The use of Belbin?s concept of team roles and other psychological tests for personal assessment and achieving high-performance teams
    4. Recruitment and selection, including interviewing skills
    5. Delegation
    6. Staff training and development
    7. Staff appraisal
    8. Legal responsibilites of employers and their practical implications for managers
    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    The module includes lectures, group and individual exercises in class and associated project work.
    Contact hours:
    Lectures 12
    Practicals classes and workshops 6
    Guided independent study 82
    Total hours by term 100.00
    Total hours for module 100.00
    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Method Percentage
    Written exam 70
    Class test administered by School 30
    Other information on summative assessment:
    Formative assessment methods:
    Penalties for late submission:
    The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
    where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
    where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    Length of examination:
    A two hour examination paper requiring the answers to two questions from four.
    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.
    Reassessment arrangements:
    By Re-examination in August/September
    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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