SSST Subjects

EC485 Managing People and Change


Programme(s) where module is offered

  • BSc Economics with International Business
  • BA Political Science and International Relations with Management
  • BSc Computer Science with Management
  • BSc Information Systems with Management

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Semester taught



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Module Code



Module coordinator

Prof. dr. Nedim Čelebić


Applicable From



Educational Aims of the Module

  • This module aims to provide students with a comprehensive review of essential personnel management concepts and techniques.
  • HRM is a fundamental component of the competitiveness, effectiveness, and sustainability of any organization, as it influences who is hired, how they are trained, evaluated, compensated, and what steps are taken to retain them. In turn, HRM plays a critical role in predicting employees’ behavior, attitudes, and performance.
  • The objective of this module is to help students gain a solid understanding of the key Human Resource functions, roles, and challenges. Students will get a thorough exposure to the HR perspectives in organizational issues.
  • Discussion, research, and experiential exercises focusing on the transfer of course material to “real-world” situations will be an integral part of the module.

Module Outline/Syllabus

  • Introduction to Human Resource Management

  • Strategic Human Resource Management

  • The Legal Environment

  • The Analysis and Design of Work

  • HR Planning and Recruiting

  • Employee Testing and Selection

  • Training and Developing Employees

  • Performance Management and Appraisal

  • Pay for Performance

  • Benefits and Services

  • Ethics, Justice and Fair Treatment in HR Management

  • Managing Global Human Resources


Student Engagement Hours

Type Number per Term Duration Total Time


15 1.5 22.5


5 1.5 7.5


5 1.5 7.5
Tutorials 5 1.5 7.5

Total Contact Hours


Total Guided/Independent Learning Hours

Total Engagement Hours 150.0

Assessment Method Summary

Type Number Required Duration / Length Weighting Timing / Submission Deadline

Final exam


3 hours


Week 17

Mid-term exam


2 hours


Week 8

Group project and presentation


2000 words

20 minutes



End of week 12


Module Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • To enhance comprehension of essential personnel management concepts and techniques.

  • Critically evaluate how HRM relates to the strategic management of an organization

  • Describe and explain how the changing environment today is influencing what human resource managers do and how they do it.

  • Critically evaluate the trends and challenges that affect HRM

  • Demonstarte a critical understanding of how HRM can help create work systems that produce superior employee performance.

  • Demonstrate ability to practically apply knowledge from the field of HRM, by transferring of course material to “real-world” situations. Students are to recognise problems and apply learned methods and techniques for creating solutions.

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures will be based on the key text-book. In addition, supplementary resources will be used in order to enrich the knowledge base and enable students to achieve aims of the course. (ILO: 1-5)

  • Tutorials will be based on experiential exercises focusing on the transfer of course material to “real-world”. This will be enabled by in-class activities such as individual case study analysis. (ILO: 6)

  • Group project assignment to address contemporary HRM themes and issues as well as to integrate theoretical concepts with practical skills (ILO: 1, 6)

  • In class participation and discussion. (ILO: 1-6)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Midterm exam and final exam (ILO: 1-6)

  • Group project (ILO: 1, 6)

Practical Skills:

  • Ability to theoretically analyse an organization’s structure and identify possible HRM issues

  • Design basic programs (recruitment, training, performance evaluation) for use in an HRM environment

  • Interpret data and determine compensation amounts in an HR setting

  • Ability to create academic reports on contemporary topics related to Human Resource Management.

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures and class discussions (PS 1-4)

  • Project (PS: 1,2,4)

  • Additional readings on presentation of contemporary themes and issues (PS: 1,2)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Written Exams (PS: 1-3)

  • Project (PS: 1,2,4)

Transferable Skills:

  • Analytical skills

  • Oral and written communication skills

  • Presentation skills

  • Ability to work as part of a team

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures and class discussions (TS 1-4)

  • Project (TS: 1-4)

  • Class participation (TS: 1,2)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Written examinations (TS:1,2)

  • Case study (TS:1-4)

  • Presentation (TS:1-4)


Key Texts and/or other learning materials

Set text

  • Mondy, R.W. and Martocchio, J.J. (2015). Human Resource management. 14th global edition. Pearson

Supplementary Materials

  • Bohlander,G.W. and Snell, S.A. (2015), Principles of Human Resource management. 17th ed. International edition. South-Western, Cengage Learning,

  • Redman, T. and Wilkinson, A., (2009), Contemporary Human Resource Management: Texts and Cases. 3rd ed. FT: Prentice Hall

  • Farnham, D., (2015), Human Resource Management in Context: Insights,Strategy and Solutions, McGraw-Hill

  • Beardwell, J., Thomson, A., (2014), Human Resource Management: A Contemporary Approach, FT, Pearson

  • Leatherbrow, C., Fletcher, J., (2014), Introduction to Human Resource Management: A Guide to HR in Practice, McGraw-Hill

  • Elsevier, (2017), Human Resource Management Review, [online], (Accessed 11 April 2017)

  • Gomez-Mejia et al., (2015), Managing Human Resources, Global Edition, Pearson

Please note

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the module and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.

More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module and programme can be found in the departmental or programme handbook.

The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.

Date of Production : April 2017

Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee

Date approved by School Board of Study

Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee

Date of Annual Review


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