People, Purpose and Performance (N1590)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

You study how a strong workforce with relevant experience, skills and capabilities enables companies to remain competitive in industry, and examine why some companies are filling positions with people who do not have the right skills for the job.

You address these issues by focusing on what organisations can do to make better use of human capital resources. 

You examine key questions, including how to: 

  • motivate employees to reach their full potential
  • develop employees’ capabilities
  • attract highly capable employees
  • retain highly capable employees
  • align individual employees with organisation strategies.


33%: Lecture
67%: Practical (Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Group presentation)
70%: Examination (Take away paper)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: