Human Resource Management
Student Study Guide
Introduction to the module
• Authors •
• N D’Annunzio Green & F Duncan • School of Management & Law • Edinburgh Napier University. •
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1: Welcome to Human Resource Management1
1. What is the module about?
2. Aim of the module
3. Studying a flexible learning module
4. Method of Learning and Teaching
6. Study Time
2:Further Reading & Other Resources9
3:Overview of Topics11
4:Module Assessment Guidance15
1. Module assessment
2. Actual module assessments
5:Integrative Case Study Assessment25
Welcome to Human Resource Management
Hello and welcome to the Introduction to Human Resource Management module.
This module will be delivered to you this trimester by Fiona Duncan, and we have developed this student study guide to help you study the module.
The objectives of this student guide are:
• to explain why it is important to study human resource management as part of your degree
• to give you an outline of the subject of human resource management
• to describe the nature of the material on which the workbook is based
• to outline the module which you will be following.
If you have any queries as you work through this module you should direct these in the first instance to Fiona Duncan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wishing you good luck in your studies and we hope that you will enjoy this module.
Norma D’Annunzio-Green (module leader)
School of Management & Law
1.1What is the module about?
Why study human resource management?
Every business is made up of people, the human resources of the business. How effectively those human resources are managed will have a major impact on how successful the business becomes. Indeed in many industries, the quality of the human resources, how effectively they work together and how well they are trained and developed, can be the major factor in maintaining the competitiveness and profitability of the business.
It follows then that the study of human resource management (HRM) is a vital part of the business studies curriculum and the ability to manage people effectively is a key skill requirement for the effective business manager. The process is a complex one. Partly this complexity stems from the fact that one is dealing with people, with all the inevitable variation in skills, personalities, attitudes and behaviours which this implies. HRM is further complicated by the major changes we are experiencing in technologies, in patterns of trade and business and the need for businesses and their employees to respond quickly if they are to remain competitive. This module is designed to help you understand these issues and begin to acquire some of the knowledge and skills required for effective management of people.
In recent years there has been a major debate amongst academics and practitioners about the significance of HRM and in particular whether it offers anything new compared to more traditional approaches to personnel management. This module will explore such issues as well developing an understanding of some of the techniques which can support a professional approach to the...