Management of Human Resources (MBA 706)

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Module Overview


The aim of this module is to provide insight into the factors influencing the behaviour of people within organisations and how these influences might be taken into account to achieve maximum organisational effectiveness, with particular attention paid to organisation culture, conflict and the management of change.

Further the module aims to focus on teaching and learning strategy and build upon students’ inter-dependent and independent learning skills; thus they are expected to take responsibility of their own learning. It is further expected to extend students’ critical thinking and evaluation of the theoretical frameworks, by encouraging them to analyse and synthesise complex theoretical models to arrive at coherent and sound judgements which are based in critical reasoning and evidence. Case studies will be used to give students the opportunity to evaluate and review the application of key theories and ideas around HRM. Workshops will provide students with valuable continuing feedback to develop their knowledge and skills. Peer assessment will be used in conjunction with student led seminars to develop understanding and application in a wide variety of multinational settings.




The summative assessment for this module will consist of one component:


An Individual Case Study Report with a weighting of 100% (upper word limit 3000 words NCG/for CMI 3500 words) to meet learning outcomes 1, 2 & 3.

“Critically evaluate the steps organisations are taking in order to align their people resourcing activities with business strategies”


An essay as the assignment vehicle is useful in assessing student capability in identifying problems, posing problems, defining problems, analysing data, reviewing information, designing potential solutions to problems, planning, and applying information.

Students should present their analysis and recommendations for the management of people in an organisation, in the form of an essay format, which should be 3000 words and fully referenced. (+/- 10%)

For CMI submissions only: This Assessment allows students to meet CMI’s Strategic Leadership (Unit 7013V1) assessments. Due to this, assessment word counts have been adjusted to 3500 to meet the CMI assessment criteria.


Submission of Assessment:

All assignments must be submitted via TURNITIN software and must be accompanied by an Assignment Front Cover which must be completed in full. The Assignment Front Cover can be found both in your programme handbook and on Moodle.  The assignment will not be accepted by the Module Leader unless the form is completed correctly.




Duration/Length of

Assessment Type

Weighting Submission Date Grades

Release Date



Case Study



‘Critically evaluate the steps organisations are taking in order to align their people resourcing activities with business strategies’ 100% 07/09/20 by

11:59 PM via


05/10/20 26/10/20 by

12 AM via




To accomplish this task, students need to attend lessons and read the following core text: Beardwell, J. & Claydon, T. (2015) Human Resource Development. A Contemporary Approach. 5th ed. Harlow: Prentice Hall.  You should also refer to supplementary reading texts, such as – Bratton, J. & Gold, J.  (2017) Human Resource Management. Theory and Practice, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. Further you can confer with the following professional body: CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development)

Tips and Guidance on Assessment


Command verb                                           Explanation
Analyse Break the subject or complex situation(s) into separate parts and examine each part in detail; identify the main issues and show how the main ideas are related to practice and why they are important. Reference to current research or theory may support the analysis.
Compare Review the subject(s) in detail – looking at similarities and differences.
Define Show or state clearly and accurately.
Describe Provide an extended range of detailed factual information about the topic or item in a logical way.
Discuss Give a detailed account including a range of views or opinions which include contrasting perspectives.
Evaluate Consider the strengths and weaknesses, argument for and against and/or similarities and differences and then judge the evidence from the different perspectives and make a valid conclusion or reasoned judgement. Apply current research or theories to support the evaluation when applicable.
Examine Inspect (something) thoroughly in order to determine its nature or condition.
Explain Make something clear to someone by describing or revealing relevant information in more detail.
Identify Ascertain the origin, nature or definitive characteristics of […]
Justify Provide a rationale for action and/or decisions. Your rationale should be underpinned by research, academic theory, data analysis or experience.
Assess Provide a reasoned judgement or rational of the standard, quality, value or importance of something informed by relevant facts/rationale.



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