Business and management studies

Leading, Managing and Developing People

Module code: 777N1
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

In this module, you look at the key issues in people management and development.

You examine contemporary research on employment and effective approaches to human resource (HR) and learning development (L&D) practice.

You focus on the links between people management practices and positive organisational outcomes and research that highlights major changes and developments in practice.

You also look at the debates surrounding theory and practice in specific fields including: 

  • leadership
  • flexibility
  • change management.

You will develop the skills to become an effective manager, and HR specialist - learning to manage people fairly and increase levels of engagement, commitment, motivation and performance.

Module learning outcomes

  • Review and critically evaluate major contemporary research and debates in the fields of human resource management (HRM) and human resource development (HRD, including a critical awareness of leading edge research and practice in the areas of motivation, commitment and engagement at work, leadership behaviour and development, and change management.
  • Apply relevant knowledge to critically assess complex arrangements of flexible working, demonstrate a conceptual understanding of these to HRM and HRD functions, and of creative ways of promoting such arrangements.
  • Critically discuss the aims and objectives of the HRM and HRD function in organisations and how these are met in practice, and assess the contribution made by HRM and HRD specialists in different types of organisations.
  • Reflect critically on theory and practice to promote professionalism and an ethical approach to HRM and HRD in organisations.
  • Assess the contribution made by HRM and HRD specialists in different types of organisation.
  • Promote professionalism and an ethical approach to HRM and HRD practice in organisations.