Strategic HR Management

Human Resources

Unit Code
Level 7
Distance Learning
Class Room
Unit Code
Level 7
Distance Learning Fee
Face to Face Fee
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£2360 (£1600 during the tuition waiver period)

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Course Overview

The Strategic Human Resource Management module aims to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to evaluate and analyze HRM policies and practices in contemporary organisations. It covers various aspects of HRM such as human resource planning, recruitment, training and development, performance management, remuneration and benefits, and HRM effectiveness. Additionally, it explores important aspects such as diversity, ethics, sustainable HRM, and legal considerations. By the end of the module, learners will understand the importance of HRM, critically evaluate HRM policies, develop inclusive workplaces, and understand global trends in employment and HRM.

Course Content

Introduction to Strategic Human Resource Management

  • Understanding Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Components of HRM
  • Understand the Importance of HRM in the Contemporary Workplace
  • Factors Affecting Human Resource Management in Organisations

Theories of Strategic HRM

  • Organisational Life Cycle Theory
  • Strategic Contingency Theory
  • General Systems Theory
  • Transaction Cost Theory

Strategic HRM Performance of the Organisations

  • HRM and Organisational Performance
  • Handling Performance
  • Defining and Identifying HRM Policies and Evaluating their Effectiveness
  • Today's HRM Challenges

Strategic Planning in HRM

  • Understanding Strategic Planning
  • Writing the HRM Plan
  • Challenges of Strategic Planning
  • Goals of a Compensation Plan

The Global Trends in Employment and HRM

  • Analyse the Global Trends and HRM
  • Understanding Organisational Culture
  • Characteristics of Organisational Culture
  • Importance of Organisational Culture in HR
  • Offshoring and Outsourcing

Training and Development

  • Training and Development in HRM
  • Steps to Take in Training and Employment
  • Training Delivery Methods
  • Challenges of HR with Training and Development
  • Designing a Training Program

Managing HRM Employee Performance

  • Issues with HRM
  • Rightsizing and Layoffs
  • Employee Rights in HRM
  • Safety and Health at Work

The Work Environment Influences on Personal Work-Life Balance

  • Work-Life Balance
  • What are Work-Life Balance Issues?
  • How to Improve Your Work-Life Balance
  • Understanding the Changing Patterns of Global Work Practices
Learning Outcome & Assessment Criteria

1.  Understand the importance of HRM in the contemporary workplace

  1. Critically assess the strategic importance of current, future, and anticipated HR requirements in organisations 
  2. Analyse how HR planning impacts the strategic plan
  3. Evaluate the factors affecting human resource management in organisations

2.  Be able to critically evaluate the efficacy of HRM policies and their impact on overall firm performance

  1. Analyse different HRM policies and their impact on overall firm performance 
  2. Explain how human resource management contributes to the achievement of strategic plans

3.  Be able to develop inclusive workplaces through a critical understanding of the concepts of diversity & equality

  1. Evaluate the current legal frameworks that influence an HR plan in creating inclusive workplaces
  2. Identify approaches and methodologies to support the recruitment and selection of staff based on the concepts of diversity and equality 
  3. Critically evaluate the impact of current legislation and organisation requirements

4.  Be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of global trends in employment & HRM

  1. Develop a human resource management strategy for an organisation based on the global trends in employment &HRM
  2. Critically evaluate how organisational culture affects recruitment and retention of employees in a global context
  3. Discuss the work environment influences on personal work-life balance issues and the changing patterns of global work practices
  • The assessment strategy for this course is designed to test all the learning outcomes.
  • Learners must demonstrate successful achievement of all learning outcomes to pass the course.
Assessment Marking Criteria


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  • The assessment criteria for a pass will be presented with the summative exercise.
  • Further information and guidance on the assessment will be made available through the tutor.
Unit Pass Requirements

To pass the unit a 40% overall grade must be achieved.

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