Module code: MAN3146

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 119

Lecture Hours: 28

Tutorial Hours: 2

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT (2500 WORDS) 60%

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable In order to achieve the threshold standard for the award of credits for this module, the student must meet the following criteria related to the learning outcomes: Show evidence of a critical understanding of theory and practice in the field of international and contemporary human resource management, and human resource development. Demonstrate the ability to identify and discuss practical implications of research studies.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Module overview

This module builds on the knowledge and skills students gained as part of the previous HRM pathway modules (e.g. OBA, HRM) to explore a range of cutting-edge issues in human resource management and human resource development.

The content reflects contemporary themes and priorities. It is likely to include contributions from staff and/or invited speakers that are based on relevant special interests informed by research and/or professional engagement.

There is a cohering theme of managing and enhancing employee performance, including both prescribed job performance and other desirable work behaviours such as organisational citizenship and innovative contributions.

The module includes an international perspective and emphasises critical consideration of the practical implications of recent studies. 

Module aims

The key aim of this module is to develop a critical understanding of selected contemporary issues in human resource management and development.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate knowledge of major theories and research findings regarding the topics covered in the module K
Identify practical implications of major theories and findings for human resource management and human resource development CP
Discuss the impact of different human resource management and human resource development approaches upon employee performance and creativity KC
Critically evaluate and compare the effectiveness of various human resource management and human resource development practices KC
Identify, synthesise and structure information regarding the module topics from academic books and journals T
Communicate ideas effectively in writing T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative topics (actual topics offered will be a selection from these topics, and/or others,   according to contemporary relevance and the availability of staff expertise):

Strategic human resource management and human resource development
The management of change, including resistance
International human resource management
Expatriates – recruitment, selection and performance management
Cross-cultural issues in HR
Talent management
Work-life balance
Diversity management
Equal opportunities
Performance appraisal and performance management
Employee engagement
Emotion in organisations
Executive coaching
Leadership development

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Weekly lectures and tutorials; include seminar discussions, active learning exercises, case studies, independent learning. Total student learning time 150 hours.

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to develop the students’ awareness of contemporary issues in human resource management and human resource development, drawing upon theory, empirical research and practice. The strong emphasis on connections between research and practice is reflected in discussion of the practical implications of research findings; analysis of case studies; and critical evaluation of relevant academic research.

The teaching and learning methods involve weekly sessions (3 hour lecture per week x 9 weeks, 2 hour lecture per week x 2 weeks and 1 hour tutorial per week x 2 weeks). Through lectures and tutorials, which involve active learning exercises, case studies and more, students explore connections between research and practice. SurreyLearn is used to host resources and provide a medium for further discussion.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate critical awareness and insight of contemporary issues in human resource management and human resource development at an advanced level. Students will be required to demonstrate knowledge of theory, research evidence and contemporary practice.  27

The module is assessed 60% by coursework and 40% by multiple choice exam.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

The Written Assignment (60% of the module mark) requires students to research, and to identify the practical implications of, recent academic publications in the field relating to international and contemporary Human Resource issues. Students on the BSc in International Business Management are required to emphasise international themes and literature. The required word count for the Written Assignment is 2,500 words.

Deadline for the research report will be at the end of Semester 1.

Multiple Choice Examination (40%) at the end of Semester 1.

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive feedback on their performance during the module in the following ways:

Students will be provided with tailored formative feedback for Assignment 1.
Verbal feedback in tutorials and lectures.
Verbal feedback during office hours.
Discussion Forums in SurreyLearn.

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.