Professional course

Human Resource Management in Organisations

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
Three days
Course director:
Margaret Roberts

Page last updated 26 February 2018


Bristol Business School's portfolio of professional courses offers flexible learning solutions for you and your business.

Part of our professional course portfolio includes undergraduate and postgraduate level modules, available to study as a standalone module outside of the full programme qualification. Giving you the flexibility to study at a pace which suits you, whether for personal development or towards a full academic qualification.

Module introduction

This 15 credit postgraduate level module in Human Resource Management in Organisations is designed to give you skills and underpinning knowledge in aspects of organisational development and the role of HRM within the organisation. It encourages the use of theory to analyse issues, case studies and personal experiences.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, although students will be asked to submit documentation including a copy of their CV listing work experience and previous study to demonstrate their ability to study at postgraduate level.



This module will cover topics including:

  • Exploration of the link between HR strategy, policy and practice and overall organisational strategy.
  • Roles and responsibilities for HRM, including the crucial role of line management.
  • The concept of psychological contracting and its links to employee performance and commitment.
  • Leading theoretical approaches to recruitment, selection and retention and their application within the sector.
  • Review and discussion of theoretical approaches towards performance management and consideration of their application.
  • Exploration of the links between motivation, recognition and reward and the impact on employee performance.
  • The management of performance issues, including absence, poor performance and misconduct.
  • The role of employee development in enhancing performance. Leading theories concerning the identification of learning needs, design, implementation and evaluation of training and development.
  • Approaches to employee involvement, communication and participation and an evaluation of their impact on performance and commitment.

What will I get out of it?

by the end of the module you Will be able to:

  • Understand and locate the Human Resource Management role and activity within the broader strategy and frameworks of their own organisation.
  • Critically discuss approaches towards enhancing organisational capability through effective recruitment, selection and retention of employees.
  • Critically discuss and evaluate approaches to performance management, including the management of performance issues.
  • Understand the role of employee development in enhancing performance and contribute to the diagnosis of learning needs, design, delivery and evaluation of appropriate training and development activities.
  • Critically review the links between motivation, reward and performance.
  • Understand the approach taken towards employee involvement and participation within specific contexts and evaluate its effectiveness.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning on this module consists of formal lecturing supported by a wide range of participative activities, including case studies, problem solving exercises and small group discussions. Peer learning will be encouraged through activities designed to enable students to share and compare their experiences. Central to teaching and learning at this level is a high level of critical discussion and self reflection in contact sessions and assessed work.


As part of this module, you will be required to complete the following assessment by the set deadline:

  • individual mini-presentation to the tutors on the topic, content and structure of their written assignment, followed by a written proposal which is assessed.
  • written assignment (3,000 words) consisting of an in depth analysis of one topic area from the module syllabus and an evaluation of its effectiveness within your workplace.

On successful completion of this assessment you will receive an overall module mark. This module may then be used towards a selection of our Master's level programmes.


Study facilities

Our short courses are run at our dedicated Bristol Business Engagement Centre, providing a professional environment for your training needs. Located at Frenchay Campus, with easy access to the M4 and M5 motorways and Bristol Parkway rail station, it has four fully equipped training rooms, a communications and reception area.

To be able to fully participate in our course, you will need to be comfortable with using the Internet and searching for information online. Session materials are presented through a number of sources including Microsoft Word, Power Point, pdf and online workbooks and discussions.

As a learner at the University of the West of England, you will also have full access to our library on campus and all online materials and resources.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Module fee (includes assessment) £725

Please note parking and refreshments are not provided as part of your course fee, however the university campus has parking available (at a small charge) and numerous catering outlets.

Course dates

This three day course will take place on Tuesday 21 - Thursday 23 November 2017.


Bristol Business Engagement Centre, UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

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How to apply

How to apply

You can apply online for this CPD module, which you can take as a stand-alone module or as part of our postgraduate (Masters level) programme on a flexible study basis.

As this module carries university accreditation, once you have submitted your booking form, you will be required to provide the following supporting information to the administration team for the module tutor to be able to review and formally accept your application as required by the university.

·  An up-to-date copy of your Curriculum Vitae (including a work or academic reference)

·  A brief personal statement to support your application

·  A copy of your highest qualification certificate and transcript of modules studied

·   A copy of photographic proof of ID (i.e. driver's licence/passport). For non UK students, this must be a copy of your passport

·  If English is not your country's first language, you will be required to provide evidence to show you meet the UK Border Agency and the University's minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on our English Language Requirements webpage regarding required levels for study

On acceptance onto the module, you will be registered onto our student system to give you access to university resources, including the library and your module BlackBoard site where course materials and pre-reading/work will be posted.

For all enquiries, please complete our online enquiry form or contact us on the number below.

For further information

  • Email: Please contact us on the enquiry form above.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 87166

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