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Unit information: Strategic Human Resource Management in 2021/22

Unit name Strategic Human Resource Management
Unit code MGRCM2011
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Huw Thomas
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The aim of this unit is to provide knowledge and understanding of the strategic role of human resource management in organisations and provide a platform for critical evaluation of that role. Various models and frameworks of Human Resource Management are introduced and links to corporate business strategy are drawn. Contemporary developments in key functional areas of HR such as recruitment & selection, training & development, performance management, motivation, job design and remuneration are covered. Using models, frameworks and theory covered students will analyse case studies, diagnose SHRM problems and make recommendations for appropriate courses of action. Students will also cover SHRM issues arising from the growth strategies employed by companies such as globalisation and the changing role of SHRM.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key issues, and theoretical concepts associated with Strategic Human Resource Management.
  • Critically evaluate theoretical concepts Apply theoretical concepts to analyse and diagnose SHRM problems and recommend appropriate courses of action.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of HRM in developing business strategy.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities.

Assessment Information

Summative: 3,000 word individual assignment (100%). Formative: reflective diary/assessment plan


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How much time the unit requires
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