School of Business and Management

BUSM110 Human Resource Management


1 (2017/18)



Module organiser 

Dr Cathrine Seierstad 

Module overview 

This module provides learners with a critical understanding of the internal and external contexts of contemporary organisations, including the managerial, business, regulatory, labour market and institutional contexts. It further examines the role of the HR function, HR strategy and the link between HR and organisational performance. The module also introduces the major functions of HRM including resourcing, performance management, learning and development and explores the applications in professional practice in different types of organisational scenarios (large, small, global, national, public, private).  This is further achieved through additional skills workshops that engage learners in the analysis of case studies, role play and problem solving exercises. Finally, the module seeks to understand the impact of globalisation on employment and its implications for HR strategy and practice.


60% examination and 40% coursework

Indicative reading list 

Farnham, D. (2015) Human Resource Management in Context Insights, Strategy and Solutions, London CIPD

Wilton, N. (2013) An Introduction to Human Resource Management, 2nd edition, Sage,

Storey, J. (2011) Human Resource Management: A critical Text, Thomson Publishing.