Human Resource Management
Course overviewPut simply, a business would not exist without its people. Studying HR helps you to understand the importance of people behind any business. You will learn about what motivates people, how employees can work together effectively in teams, how to help employees cope with change, and how to assist the management of an organisation by managing its people.
Typically, HR graduates work as HR executives or HR consultants, in areas such as recruitment, training, and development.
Our degree has two main aims:
- to provide a robust foundation in the principles of human resource management, relevant to the professional standards of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
- to equip students with the broad range of business skills necessary to succeed in today's competitive commercial environment.
The opportunity to spend a period of study at one of our partner universities in Europe, Trinidad or Malaysia, means you can add another dimension to the experience you take away at the end of our course.
When you graduate you will be able to:
BA Human Resource Management 2009, Cambridge
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- understand the strategic role played by effective human resource management within organisations
- critically analyse the ethical considerations concerned with the management and development of people
- show a real awareness and understanding of contemporary global business issues.
- apply business theory to a range of practical business issues
- apply appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques to analyse such issues
- plan and execute research projects
- effectively communicate results at whatever level is appropriate to the audience.
Year one core modules
The first part of this module focuses mainly on the internal environment of the individual business and the ways in which this can influence its operations. The business and economic principles which underpin the determination of price and output, of size and location of business activity and other business decisions are outlined in this module. Wherever possible business examples and up-to-date case study materials will be used to illustrate the application of these principles to real-world business decision making.
This module will provide students with an appreciation of the various ways in which law impacts on the business environment. The module is designed to provide a foundation for studying a broad range of legal issues which are often encountered in the course of international business. The module will focus on the nature and sources of domestic and international business law; on contract law with regard to both goods and services as well as the law regulating carriage of goods by air and sea, which constitutes a major element of the law on international trade and of socio-legal aspects concerning economic integration.
The module firstly aims to give students a sound grasp of the basics of financial reporting (context, purposes, regulatory framework). It introduces the principal concepts of financial accounting. The preparation of principal financial statements will also be explored. This module is also designed to introduce students to key management accounting skills necessary to support decision-making. It will emphasise the acquisition and application of skills and knowledge necessary to inform managers responsible for planning, decision-making and control and will provide the underpinning skills and knowledge required for more advanced study.
It is important that students in the First Year gain knowledge of the integrated nature of business, and of how the various parts fit together to build a sound business knowledge, before they specialize in Years Two and Three. Students should understand that Marketing is a key functional area of business and management which, together with Human Resource Management, Accounting and Finance, and other activities involving resource allocation, can determine the success or failure of an organisation.
The module begins by reviewing various techniques for collecting and presenting data. Some important measures and techniques for making sense of raw data are then introduced which are widely used by businesses when analysing both their internal and external environments. This module builds on the introduction to spreadsheet packages previously encountered within the core Learning and Skills Development in Business module or its equivalent.
The organisational context: This module allows students to explore the organisational context and will furnish students with tools to analyse the organisational environment and the degree of dynamism and complexity in which organisations operate. Students will be encouraged to examine organisational responses to environmental turbulence. The development and impact of organisational culture will also be assessed.
Year two core modules
The module introduces students to the important area of international business. It begins by identifying some important patterns and trends in international business activity. The factors influencing the firm's decision as to the degree of internationalisation and the methods adopted are considered, as is the theoretical and institutional framework within which international business must operate.
This module will provide an introduction to the behaviours, skills and knowledge surrounding entrepreneurship. The core to this module will involve developing an understanding of the key elements of designing and running the entrepreneurial organisation, such as managing people and other stakeholders, raising finance and managing money, creating profile and generating awareness, selling, and taking either products or services to market.
This module introduces students to the important role of teams in organisations and their impact upon individual, team and organisational performance. Through experiential learning activities students will develop an understanding of group dynamics and how they as individuals can manage their own personal influence as a member of a team and how they can impact the contribution and behaviour of others in a group or team context. This module is designed to help students understand the value of building strong inter-personal and relationship skills, working with others one-to-one and in group and team environments.
This module introduces the learner to how organisations can drive sustained organisation performance by creating a high-performance work organisation (HPWO) and involving line managers in the performance management process. The module assesses the different conceptual frameworks of high-performance working (HPW) and examines its impact on organisational performance, competitive advantage, employee engagement and employee wellbeing. It provides the learner with the business case for, and the barriers to, HPW as well as the role of people management in improving organisational performance.
Human resources (HR) professionals need to understand key developments in the business and external contexts within which HR operates. This module enables learners to identify and review the business and external contextual factors affecting organisations and to assess the impacts of these factors on the HR function.
The module introduces learners to human resources (HR) activity and to the role of the HR function in organisations in general terms. It focuses on the aims and objectives of HR departments in contemporary organisations and particularly on the ways that these are evolving. It considers the different ways of delivering HR objectives and emerging developments in the management of the employment relationship are explored.
This module is designed to enable the learner to develop a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by human resources (HR) professionals, whether in a generalist or specialist role, and as described in the CIPD HR Profession Map (HRPM). The module embraces the 'thinking performer' perspective and covers the competencies needed by the HR professional in a personal capacity, when collaborating and working with others, and when functioning efficiently and effectively in an organisational context.
Year three core modules
Recent decades have seen a substantial increase in the extent to which the employment relationship in the UK, Eire and the EU is regulated through employment legislation. As a result, human resources (HR) professionals are now obliged to take account of legal requirements in different jurisdictions when carrying out many central aspects of their role. They are also obliged to take responsibility for the defence and settlement of claims lodged with employment tribunals by aggrieved employees or former employees.
Reward management provides the learner with a wide understanding of how the business context drives reward strategies and policies, including labour market, industrial and sector trends, regional differences and trends in pay and international comparisons; the financial drivers of the organisation, the balance sheet and the impact of reward costs.
The module is designed to provide students with a holistic view of organisation's strategic position and thus the ability to appreciate the importance of strategic decisions at all levels of the business organisation. Its primary aim is to provide a vehicle for considering issues which cut across the functional boundaries of business organisations and which require multi-disciplinary skills in the solution.
The Major Project module allows students to engage in a substantial piece of individual research and/or product development work on a selected topic within the broad business and management field, as appropriate to their interests and background. The project topic will be assessed for suitability to ensure sufficient academic challenge and satisfactory supervision by an academic member of staff.
Human resource (HR) professionals need to understand key developments in the theory and practice of employment relations, both within and beyond the immediate organisational context. This allows learners to build on their knowledge and experience to develop the skills required to make informed and effective judgements about existing and emerging models, processes and practices of employment relations in local and international jurisdictions.
This module sets out to investigate how, and if, HRM operates in the international arena. This is done in two ways: by considering differences in national HRM policies and practices and by examining how businesses overcome the people problems associated with operating in more than one country. This will lead to a questioning of the extent to which HRM can be seen as a global phenomenon. In order to undertake this module effectively it is assumed that students will have some familiarity with HRM practices in at least one country and a desire to uncover similarities and differences in others.
This module provides the opportunity for students to engage with the leadership and organisational challenges of major transformational change in organisations, communities and societies. This is presented through case examples to illustrate the nature of the attitude, values and behavioural change issues required for successful employee engagement in an organisation's change agenda.
Managing Organisational Change
Performance and Reward Management
International and Comparative HRM
The Strategic Management of Human Resources
Project Planning and Control
AssessmentAssessment is via a mix of examination, coursework, essays and other written assignments. Coursework includes problem-solving activities, consultancy projects, presentations and individual and group reports.
FacilitiesOur facilities are new and modern, and include well-equipped lecture theatres and seminar rooms.
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Special featuresIn Year 1 of the BA HRM our aim is to give you an overall grounding in core subjects relating to business & management - knowledge & understanding which is vital for us to have, as credible HR practitioners in our organisations. Specific modules you will study are Economics for Business & Management, Marketing Essentials, Introduction to Accounting & Finance, Analysis of Business and Personal Development and Career Development. In Year 2 our aim is to broaden and deepen your knowledge within the core framework of Year 1 but at the same time to introduce some of the critical debates surrounding differing approaches to strategic human resource management in contemporary organisations. Modules relating to the broader context of HRM, the establishment of high performance working, the development of workplace teams and more broadly, critical debates in HRM are all covered in this year. This specialisation continues in year 3, where in addition to your undergraduate major project (dissertation) you cover modules dealing with employment law, employee relations, reward management and international HRM .
Our teaching strategy is typically to give you guidance and point out key theories and concepts in lectures and then seek to deepen that knowledge and appreciation of how that knowledge affects and is affected by practice within smaller group seminars. In seminars you will be expected to work in groups on small projects that may take a week or two to complete, and then you present your output. The assessment methods used within the pathway are a mixture of examinations, assignments and presentations, and you will be encouraged to practice these assessments through the semester.
The teaching team will comprise a mixture of HRM specialists who have a wide experience of both public and private sectors, together with a record of research and publications in this field . As the employment market in the UK and within Europe becomes ever more competitive, ever more global and ever more complex, we hope that our mixture of academic and practice based backgrounds from the UK and from the rest of the world will prepare you as a student, to understand this era of rapid change and become eminently employable.
Links with industry and professional recognitionDepending on course options taken, graduates may be exempt from certain examinations for some professional bodies. Our course brings you into close contact with Human Resource Management (HRM) practitioners and specialists from a wide range of functional areas of business and management within the global economy.
Associated careersOur degree is clearly designed for students wishing to pursue a career in Human Resource Management. However, the good grounding it delivers across a range of business disciplines also makes it a good basis for a career in a number of sectors, including financial services, marketing, consultancy, and general business management.
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Cambridge Ruskin International College, an associate college of Anglia Ruskin, which is located on our Cambridge campus.
How to apply
Available startsSeptember, January
Fees & funding
Open DaySaturday 26 April
Undergraduate Open Day
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FacultyLord Ashcroft International Business School
DepartmentHRM, Organisational Behaviour and Tourism
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