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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23
No such Code for pgprog: N6K107
No such Code for pgprog: N6K207

Department: Management and Marketing


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Not available in 2021/22
Tied to N6K107
Tied to N6K207


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Human Resource Management (ONLINE), Human Resource Management: Contemporary Issues (TAUGHT)


  • To develop students’ ability to master the knowledge and understanding at an advanced level of key issues in the processes and practices of human resource management;
  • To provide students with the opportunity to critically understand research in the field of human resource management.


  • The nature of human resource management.
  • HRM, performance and commitment.
  • Recruitment and selection.
  • Performance appraisal.
  • Diversity and equal opportunities.
  • Downsizing and HRM.
  • HRD.
  • International HRM.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Have an advanced knowledge and understanding of the nature and role of HRM in contemporary organisations;
  • Have an advanced understanding of the debates which relate to the links between HRM and organisational performance;
  • Have an advanced understanding of critical perspectives on HRM.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Be able to critically evaluate the processes, procedures and practices of contemporary HRM.
Key Skills:
  • Written communication; planning, organising and time management; problem solving and analysis; using initiative; computer literacy.
  • Written communication; planning, organising and time management; problem solving and analysis; using initiative; computer literacy.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The module is delivered via online learning, divided up into study weeks with specially produced resources within each week. Resources vary according to the learning outcomes but normally include: video content, directed reading, reflection through activities, opportunities for self-assessment and peer-to-peer learning within a tutor-facilitated discussion board. Tutors provide feedback on formative work and facilitate discussion board communication as well as being available for individual consultation as necessary (usually by email and Skype).
  • The summative assessment of the module is designed to test the acquisition and articulation of knowledge and critical understanding, and skills of application and interpretation within the business context.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Video content, directed reading, self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading 150
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written assignment in the form of a learning log 3000 words maximum 100% Same

Formative Assessment:

A written assignment of 1,500 words, or its multimedia equivalent, which may involve some group work.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University