HRM in the Workplace

Module code: HRMG 2201

Module description

The module will focus on the analysis of the application of HRM practices within contemporary organisations. The module enables students to start to look and think more critically about Human Resource Management as a body of theory and practice. The Module lays downs the underpinnings of the requirements for achieving membership of the CIPD upon completion of the programme by setting HR theory firmly within the realms of HR practice and delivery. The function is set forth as a strategically important function and key practices are scrutinised through a critically reflective analysis. Drawing on theoretical, empirical and case study material, students will explore key areas of HRM including how it is applied in the workplace and how workers, line managers and, indeed, HR professionals themselves are affected by and respond to HRM initiatives. The module considers Learning and Development as a key organisational and social imperative and considers the extent to which 'best practice' HRM can deliver the organisation goals and developments promised in the rhetoric. The module will consider how a range of issues impact upon HRM including the legal framework and ethical issues. The module will consider how HRM is applied in different contexts including MNCs and SMEs.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 22 hours
  • Tutorials: 20 hours
  • Students are expected to undertake upto 5 hours self-directed study each week


  • Essay (2000 words): 50%
  • Case Study (2000 words): 50%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books